Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is honored by our partnership with the Metropolitan Community Church and offers our full support for the 11th MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends, and Allies. Since 1998 MCC PAD has provided a guiding vision of true Christian community. In these difficult political times, the vision of healing and equality held up by MCC PAD provides the sustenance our community desperately needs to help us build a more just world.
The theme of this year’s MCC PAD conference, “Loving Ourselves Into Liberation,” calls upon all of us – people of all colors together – to move beyond victimhood to victory and to lift others as we climb. HRC is particularly delighted that this year, MCC is working closely with HRC’s Religion and Faith program to create collaborative programming at both the PAD conference and HRC’s Clergy Call for Justice and Equality.
The work of MCC PAD is some of the most powerful work in our movement and I encourage all who can to participate.
President, Human Rights Campaign
Metropolitan Community Churches
Please accept my invitation and encouragement to attend the People of African Descent Conference May 19-21, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
This is my partner Paula’s favorite MCC conference, and this year, it will be by far the largest MCC conference we hold, globally. It will also be the largest PAD conference ever. We would not miss this for the world!
More than that, this is a PAD conference that moves us forward in our partnership with the Fellowship, and with the Human Rights Campaign. It will be a time of exciting worship, preaching and renewal; of amazing opportunities for learning and spiritual growth; and a time for our collective voices of faith to be heard at the U.S. capitol.
This is a time of challenge for many of the churches from which we come: they need to hear and see us, strong in faith, out and proud, loving ourselves and one another into liberation. They need to see that there is a way out of the oppression, the lies, the silence that kills.
This is a conference open to, and valuable to all. It will precede the Human Rights Campaign Clergy Call, which historically has drawn many MCC clergy. If you are planning to attend the Clergy Call again, just come a few days early, and prepare yourself for that public witness by being in the best company you can be in. And, if you come for the PAD conference, linger a while and let your voices be heard in the halls of the US Congress.
It is time to let people know we are determined, we are hopeful and we are not turning back! Join me in Washington in May of 2011, and let’s turn the world upside down together!
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Nancy Wilson
Bishop Yvette Flunder, The Fellowship
Sisters and Brothers
Grace and Peace to each of you. I want to encourage your presence and participation in the 2011 PAD Conference and the HRC Clergy Call for Justice and Equality in Washington DC May 19-21. This conference will be held in partnership with The Fellowship and will be an unprecedented gathering of faith-filled justice warriors with a goal to speak for, pray for and love our way into Liberation.
This conference is designed to give us the skills and information to empower us to work for our own liberation. The MCC PAD, The Fellowship and the HRC have worked together on many projects and events in the past but not on this scale. We will leave this gathering built up, prepared and strengthened to bring freedom and moral equality to those we serve.
Come join your family and lets share stories, joys, struggles and strategies and then head to the Capital to join faith leaders from denominations, communions and faith groups across the nation as we speak to our elected officials with One Voice for justice and Liberation!
God Bless Each of You,
Bishop Yvette Flunder
GREETINGS to Metropolitan Community Churches
Welcome to everyone attending the 2011 People of African Descent, Allies and Friends
I applaud Reverend Darlene Garner for her continued commitment of providing a message of hope, determination, and support to your congregation. This year’s theme “Loving Ourselves into Liberation” will provide the discussion and tools necessary to address the growing issues in the District.
My best wishes for a fantastic event and continued future success.
Eleanor Holmes Norton
National Gay & Lesbian TaskForce
March 9, 2011
Dear MCC PAD Conference,
As the Faith Work Director for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, I am pleased to extend the Task Force’s full support to the 2011 MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends, and Allies that will convene May 19-21, 2011 in Washington DC. The conference theme – Loving Ourselves Into Liberation – calls peoples of all colors to learn and to move forward together as we build an inclusive and liberated community.
Given the moment we find ourselves as a pro-LGBT movement, the PAD Conference and the theme you are exploring are critically important for all of us. We all need to explore, learn skills and strategize together to help make our movement, our religious organizations and our world a more justice-filled place that genuinely expresses God’s extravagant welcome. Your work and ministry provides critical leadership right now, and we thank God for it and for you.
We at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force join our voice with the PAD Conference and all those attending in creating the change and inspiring the liberty and justice we most want to see in ourselves and in our world.
Creating change together,
Rev. Rebecca Voelkel
Faith Work Director
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force’s Institute for Welcoming Resources
122 Franklin Avenue West, Suite 210
Minneapolis, MN 55404