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2014 MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Friends, and Allies

15-17 MAY 2014

FIRST MCC of ATLANTA

ATLANTA, GEORGIA

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A FINAL CALL FROM REV. ELDER DARLENE GARNER

The 2014 MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Friends, and Allies is almost here. The Conference Planning Team is busy making the final arrangements to welcome you to this exciting event. If you are a person of African descent, a friend, or an ally who has not yet decided to attend, this is the moment to change your mind.

The PAD Conference is one of those things that really is all about You. The speakers will challenge you. The music, worship, and preaching will inspire you. The friendships you make will sustain you.  You can BE THE CHANGE for which MCC and the world has been waiting. See you soon in Atlanta!

 

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS, PREACHERS AND SCHEDULE

The theme for the 2014 PAD Conference is “Be the Change” reflecting MCC’s commitment to Transforming Ourselves as We Transform the World.  There will be amazing programming, soul-stirring worship, and informing plenaries on a wide range of topics that will support churches, clergy, and other leaders in becoming even more diverse and inclusive.

Read more about the speakers and preachers that will be bringing messages of change.

View the schedule to see all of the excellent programming in store for you.

 MovieNight

On Friday night join us for the movie, Kinky Boots, which was recently made into a Broadway musical. To find out more about this film, click here.

VOLUNTEER TODAY!

Want to sing in the 2014 MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies Choir? Email WorshipArts@MCCchurch.net to receive the conference music. Deadline is Saturday 10 May.  Join in and make a joyful noise unto our God!

Attention!! Volunteer Drivers Needed

It is a short distance from the conference location (First MCC of Atlanta) to the conference hotel (Doubletree). To assist attendees there will be morning and evening shuttles. To make this happen we are looking for drivers. If you have a driver’s license and insurance, and would like to help out, please contact Rev. Candy Holmes, RevCandyHolmes@mccchurch.net.

Do you have time to volunteer during the 2014 People of African Descent, Allies, and Friends Conference?  We are looking for people with kind hearts and generous spirits to volunteer their time. Volunteer opportunities include (but are not limited to): conference registration, worship (usher, greeter, acolyte), workshops, audio visuals, hospitality, VIP Buddies, and so much more. To find out more about all of the volunteer opportunities: http://padconference.mccchurch.org/register-attend/volunteer/

TRANSPORTATION DURING CONFERENCE

For more information about transportation to the hotel from the airport, click here.

During the conference we will be providing round-trip shuttle service from the hotel to First MCC Atlanta.

We will have schedules for the shuttle when you register.

 

PAD SUPPORTS PREFERRED GENDER PRONOUNS

In solidarity with and support of our siblings of Trans*Gender Non-Conforming experience, the PAD Conference will be offering all participants the opportunity to select their own Preferred Gender Pronoun (e.g. she, he, ze, them, just my name please, etc). At registration, we will ask you for your preferred gender  pronoun so that it can be reflected on your name tag.

Why is it important to respect people’s PGP?

  • Asking and correctly using someone’s preferred pronoun is one of the most basic ways to show respect for their gender identity.
  • When someone is referred to with the wrong pronoun, it can make them feel disrespected, invalidated, dismissed, alienated, or dysphoric (or, often, all of the above).
  • It is a privilege to not have to worry about which pronoun someone is going to use for you based on how they perceive your gender.  If you have this privilege, yet fail to respect someone’s gender identity, it is not only disrespectful and hurtful, but also oppressive.

Want more information? Read Preferred Gender Pronouns (Or, How to Take Important Steps in Becoming a Trans Ally!).  A copy will be included in your conference bag.

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EMERGE: SPECIAL EDITION

People of African Descent, friends, and allies conference

 

2014 MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Friends, and Allies

15-17 MAY 2014

FIRST MCC of ATLANTA

ATLANTA, GEORGIA

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HOT OFF THE PRESS!

We are thrilled to announce that the latest publications from MCC Moderator, Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, and one of our esteemed plenary speakers, Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson, will be available for purchase during the conference. Also book signings have been scheduled. Rev. Nancy will be signing her recently released companion volumes, Outing the Bible: Queer Folks, God, Jesus and the Christian Scriptures and Outing the Church: 40 Years in the Queer Christian Movement, on Friday, May, 16th from 12:45-1:15pm. Rev. Cari will be signing her recently released Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt, as well as her well-regarded For the Souls of Black Folks: ReImagining Black Preaching for 21st Century Liberation, on Saturday, May 17th from 5-5:30pm.

Worship Schedule — Thursday, May 15, 2014

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Lee Samuel

Opening Evening Worship

DrSamuel

Opening the PAD Conference will be the esteemed, Dr. Kenneth Samuel, Senior Pastor of the Victory of the World Church (Atlanta, GA).  Dr. Samuel was licensed and ordained at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, under the pastorate of the Reverend Doctor Joseph L. Roberts, Jr., and Pastor Emeritus, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. And in November 2002, he was granted full ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ through the Georgia/South Carolina Association of the United Church of Christ.  Read more…

Worship Schedule — Friday, May 16, 2014

Rev. Carolyn Mobley

Morning Praise

RevCarolynMobleyRev. Carolyn J. Mobley will get us ready for the day with her unique and inspiring word through song ministry. Rev. Mobley was ordained in 1995 with the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC).  She has and continues to inspire many through her ministry and her work in the community. Rev. Carolyn served as Associate Pastor at Resurrection MCC in Houston, Texas for 15 years. Following, she was Interim Pastor for MCC United, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and now serves as Interim Pastor for Richmond MCC.  Read more…

Bishop Tonyia Rawls

Evening Worship

RevTonyiaRawlsThe PAD Conference will have a night of revival. — reviving our spirits for the work of “being the change” we are called to be. Bishop Tonyia Rawls of Sacred Souls Community Church will be Friday’s guest preacher. Bishop Rawls is the Founding Pastor of Sacred Souls Community Church, Charlotte, NC. Her ministry has been framed and developed by her Church of God in Christ and Progressive Freewill Baptist Church upbringing.  Read more…

Worship Schedule — Saturday, May 17, 2014

Rev. Mykal Slack, Esq.

Morning Praise

Rev. Mykal Slack, EsqThe Rev. Mykal O’Neal Slack, Esq. will be the preacher for Saturday morning worship. Rev. Mykal is the founder and lead organizer of 4LYFE, an ecumenical, consultative ministry of Metropolitan Community Churches that provides pastoral and educational resources to address sexual orientation and gender identity issues in faith communities across a broad spectrum, inviting everyone to Live Your Faith Everyday. He also serves First Parish in Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist as a Worship Leader and Community Life Coordinator, supporting their efforts to become a multiracial, multi-faith, justice-making community.  Read more…

Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy L. Wilson

Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches

Rev.Elder Dr. Nancy WilsonClosing the PAD Conference will be a music and art extravaganza. As guest preacher, Rev. Wilson will join her voice in casting a vision for making a difference and “be”ing the change in our world. Rev. Wilson was elected as Moderator of MCC in 2005, following the retirement of the Founder of MCC, Rev. Elder Troy Perry and in July 2010, she was re-elected. Rev. Wilson obtained her B.A. from Allegheny College, her M.Div. from St. Cyril and Methodius Seminary and is a D.Min. from Episcopal Divinity School. Read more…

Special Musical Artist

Bishop Yvette Flunder

Flunder_2014_150x225Sharing the Word in song will be our beloved, Bishop Yvette Flunder. You may recognize her recording career with Walter Hawkins and the Love Center Choir or her ministry work as a champion for human rights for all, especially the Black LGBTQ community. Bishop Flunder founded the City of Refuge UCC in 1991 in order to unite a gospel ministry with a social ministry. Bishop Flunder is a native San Franciscan, a third generation preacher with roots in the Church of God in Christ.  Read more…

View the schedule to see all of the excellent programming in store for you.

 

 PADWorship

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re0Dp-_l124&feature=youtu.be

Attn: Singers, Dancers and Musicians planning to attend the 2014 MCC PAD Conference, the music for the conference has been selected! If you are willing to share your gifts in worship, please contact Cassandra White at WorshipArts@MCCchurch.net to obtain the conference music.

We are looking forward to Shekinah Glory as we lift up holy hands, feet, bodies and voices in worship.

 

News to know

Conference Hotel Rate Deadline

ROOMS ARE SELLING OUT!

Attending the 2014 PAD Conference? Deadline for the conference rate at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta North Druid Hills – Emory Area is swiftly approaching. Reserve your room TODAY! Your credit card will not be charged until you arrive at the hotel.

DEADLINE for Conference rate is APRIL 22, 2014.

ROOMMATE CONNECTIONS

Do you want to attend the PAD Conference, but need a roommate? Let someone know. The PAD conference is providing a connection space where those who want roommates can find someone. Click here and see you in Atlanta!

GenderNeutralRestroomsGENDER NEUTRAL RESTROOMS

The PAD Conference is increasing access to restrooms for all people attending conference. Mindful of the challenges that facilities labeled “Men” or “Women” pose to many, the conference staff and host church devised a plan for more gender inclusive bathrooms facilities.

Each bathroom will be labeled with either one of three signs: “Everyone”, “Women” or “Men”. We hope that this will meet the needs of all individuals. We seek to offer a conference in which all members of the community may choose the restroom that best matches their gender identity and expression.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Rev. Vickey Gibbs at RevVickeyGibbs@MCCchurch.net.

VOLUNTEER TODAY!

Attention!! Volunteer Drivers Needed

It is a short distance from the conference location (First MCC of Atlanta) to the conference hotel (Doubletree). To assist attendees there will be morning and evening shuttles. To make this happen we are looking for drivers. If you have a driver’s license and insurance, and would like to help out, please contact Rev. Candy Holmes, RevCandyHolmes@mccchurch.net.

Do you have time to volunteer during the 2014 People of African Descent, Allies, and Friends Conference?  We are looking for people with kind hearts and generous spirits to volunteer their time. Volunteer opportunities include (but are not limited to): conference registration, worship (usher, greeter, acolyte), workshops, audio visuals, hospitality, VIP Buddies, and so much more. To find out more about all of the volunteer opportunities: http://padconference.mccchurch.org/register-attend/volunteer/

 Can I Get An Amen!

For many attendees the PAD Conference has made a difference in their lives, for their families, and their churches. We thought hearing some of their testimonies would inspire you. In this edition, we get an “Amen!” from Kedric Brown, Resurrection MCC, Houston, Texas. In his testimony, he shares how he has been enriched by attending the PAD Conference. For more testimonies, click here.

 

2007…St. Louis, MO…Eye opening, new people and experiences. A chance to learn how to be a successful Christian man of color who is same gender loving…after trying to read and learn this new idea of church and it’s ability to be inclusive with practice and community. This PAD conference was my first MCC conference and it opened the door for me to fall more in love with UFMCC and what WE have to offer.  It gave me a chance to shake hands with the Elders, meet and personally embrace a same gender loving female Bishop of color… in person… for the first time and to dig deep into a book labeled the Holy Bible.

 

2010…Washington DC…The city of circled streets and home of the POTUS!!! This conference was a major shift for me. It was the first time I was able to see the White House, enjoy the convenience of public transportation and meet a new set of MCC folk along with reconnecting with my other MCC siblings. Attending the conference this year taught me more about being concretely confident when sharing my journey about my sexuality and spirituality, being transparent when ministering to the community around me and to learn more about the HEro’s and SHEro’s of our movement within the human rights church for all people.

Register to join us for this powerful and inspiring event.

Be a Pillar to help someone attend the conference.

Volunteer to help make a difference at the conference.

Become an Exhibitor or Sponsor to promote your business, movement, or ministry.

If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Candy Holmes, PAD Conference Planning Chair for more information.

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EMERGE: SPECIAL EDITION

People of African Descent, friends, and allies conference

 

2014 MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Friends, and Allies

15-17 MAY 2014

FIRST MCC of ATLANTA

ATLANTA, GEORGIA

BE THE CHANGE

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The theme for the 2014 PAD Conference is “Be the Change” reflecting MCC’s commitment to Transforming Ourselves as We Transform the World. There will be amazing programming, soul-stirring worship, and informing plenaries on a wide range of topics that will support churches, clergy, and other leaders in becoming even more diverse and inclusive.

HOT OFF THE PRESS!

As a part of Saturday’s second plenary, “Intersectional Justice: Why Should I Care,” the Rev. MacArthur H. Flournoy, Director for Faith Partnerships and Mobilization at the Human Rights Campaign, will offer an opening talk to help us understand the significance of connecting justice and faith, especially in relationship to our layered identities. The following dynamic speakers will also accompany him, share their inspirational journeys and perspectives about embodying/being the change, and explain why it’s important to invest our time and talents into the liberation of others.

PANELISTS 

RevCedricReverend Cedric A. Harmon has a BS in media management from Emerson College and has completed extensive graduate work at Wesley Seminary. Cedric’s deep faith calls him to do the work of justice and equality, and to equip others to do the same. He served as pastor of a “radically inclusive” congregation in Washington, DC and is currently Co-Director with Ann Thompson Cook of Many Voices – a new nonprofit creating a Black Church movement for gay and transgender justice.

KylarKylar W. Broadus is senior policy counsel and director of the Transgender Civil Rights Project, at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in Washington, D.C. He was a full professor of business law at Lincoln University, a historically Black college where he previously served as chair of the business department. In 2010, Kylar was appointed to serve as Division Director within the Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities of the American Bar Association and continues to serve in that capacity, as well as Co-Chair for the Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

RevDrJoanThe Reverend Dr. Joan M. Martin, William W. Rankin Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Episcopal Divinity School, has been a member of the faculty since the academic year 1993, and began teaching in 1994.  In addition to her teaching and committee responsibilities, she serves as the coordinator of the Doctor of Ministry degree program, and advisor to the institutional anti-racism and anti-oppression, “Change Team II.” Presently, Martin is a member of the Womanist Group in Church and Society Steering Committee of the American Academy of Religion, and also serves in the Wabash Consultants Program.  Martin is an ordained Presbyterian minister (PCUSA).

RevDeWayneRev. DeWayne L. Davis is the Senior Pastor of All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church in Minneapolis, MN. He currently serves on the MCC Moderator’s Public Policy Team and was a participant in MCC’s inaugural class of the Leadership Mentoring Retreat. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Howard University and an M.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park.  DeWayne received his Master of Divinity degree with honors from the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

 

LUNCHEON POP TOPICS

During the conference there will be an amazing pop topic at each lunch gathering on Friday and Saturday. We will not only have an opportunity to break bread together, but will also hear about some of the inspiring work going on in our communities! The speakers will share briefly on the following topics and then attendees will have time to ask a few questions. And, of course, there will be plenty of time to eat and reconnect with friends and loved ones.

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POP TOPICS SPEAKERS

RevRolandStringfellowFriday, May 16th – We are excited to have our very own Rev. Roland Stringfellow, Pastor of MCC Detroit, join us to talk about the internally transformative work of the Umoja Project, an effort designed to facilitate safe, non-threatening dialogue about the diversity of human sexuality and the tension that sometimes exists within African-American faith communities in relation to LGBT individuals, as well as the curriculum that any church and organization can participate in.

Rev.Dr.JenniferSLeathSaturday, May 17th — We welcome the Rev. Dr. Jennifer S. Leath to the PAD conference for the first time as she brings to us her talk, “No Place Like Home”?: The Formation, Vision & Mission of The Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics & Social Justice (CARSS). CARSS is a new project of Columbia University that seeks to facilitate dialogue with African American religious and thought leaders who are committed to sexuality and gender justice.

Worship Preachers

Find out more information about our worship preachers.

 News to know

Conference Hotel Rate Deadline

 

Attending the 2014 PAD Conference? Deadline for the conference rate at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta North Druid Hills – Emory Area is swiftly approaching. Reserve your room TODAY! Your credit card will not be charged until you arrive at the hotel.

DEADLINE for Conference rate is APRIL 22, 2014.

 

GenderNeutralRestroomsGENDER NEUTRAL RESTROOMS

The PAD Conference is increasing access to restrooms for all people attending conference. Mindful of the challenges that facilities labeled “Men” or “Women” pose to many, the conference staff and host church devised a plan for more gender inclusive bathrooms facilities.

Each bathroom will be labeled with either one of three signs: “Everyone”, “Women” or “Men”. We hope that this will meet the needs of all individuals. We seek to offer a conference in which all members of the community may choose the restroom that best matches their gender identity and expression.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Rev. Vickey Gibbs at RevVickeyGibbs@MCCchurch.net.

ROOMMATE CONNECTIONS

Do you want to attend the PAD Conference, but need a roommate? Let someone know. The PAD conference is providing a connection space where those who want roommates can find someone. Click here and see you in Atlanta!

View the schedule to see all of the excellent programming in store for you.

helpwanted

VOLUNTEER TODAY!

Do you have time to volunteer during the 2014 People of African Descent, Allies, and Friends Conference?  We are looking for people with kind hearts and generous spirits to volunteer their time. Volunteer opportunities include (but are not limited to): conference registration, worship (usher, greeter, acolyte), workshops, audio visuals, hospitality, VIP Buddies, and so much more.

To find out more about all of the volunteer opportunities: http://padconference.mccchurch.org/register-attend/volunteer/

 

Looking for: Musicians, Dancers, and Singers/Choir Members

Contact: CassandraWhite@MCCchurch.net

 Can I Get An Amen!

For many attendees the PAD Conference has made a difference in their lives, for their families, and and for their churches. We thought hearing some of their testimonies would inspire you. In this edition, we get an “Amen!” from Goldie Brown, Resurrection MCC, Houston, Texas. In her testimony she shares how enriched she has been attending the PAD Conference. For more testimonies, click here.

From Goldie—

Attending and joining an MCC church gave me a safe place to worship. Our worship services are very diverse allowing the members to see glimpses of their faith somewhere during service. Another entity where I see glimpses of my culture is from the services and activities during the PAD conferences. Both give me a sense of belonging. During PAD, a connection is made, friendships developed and networking conducted. PAD is a time to present our unique challenges and exchange of ideas and or solutions. I look forward to seeing those I have met from previous conferences. I get to put faces with names. When I travel, I look up those names. I also learn about the unique challenges that our allies face and help find solutions through listening and education. PAD is a much smaller (although attendance grows with each one) collection of people who are more like me than not. I bring back what I’ve learned and share them with my church. I get excited about connecting with those in my church who look like me and those who don’t. The bridge fades and is replaced with like minds and hearts. Plus I get to sightsee a new city!

Register to join us for this powerful and inspiring event.

Be a Pillar to help someone attend the conference.

Volunteer to help make a difference at the conference.

Become an Exhibitor or Sponsor to promote your business, movement, or ministry.

If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Candy Holmes, PAD Conference Planning Chair for more information.

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Kedric Brown

kedric Brown2007…St. Louis, MO…

Eye opening, new people and experiences. A chance to learn how to be a successful Christian man of color who is same gender loving…after trying to read and learn this new idea of church and it’s ability to be inclusive with practice and community. This PAD conference was my first MCC conference and it opened the door for me to fall more in love with UFMCC and what WE have to offer. It gave me a chance to shake hands with the Elders, meet and personally embrace a same gender loving female Bishop of color… in person… for the first time and to dig deep into a book labeled the Holy Bible.

2010…Washington DC…

The city of circled streets and home of the POTUS!!! This conference was a major shift for me. It was the first time I was able to see the White House, enjoy the convenience of public transportation and meet a new set of MCC folk along with reconnecting with my other MCC siblings. Attending the conference this year taught me more about being concretely confident when sharing my journey about my sexuality and spirituality, being transparent when ministering to the community around me and to learn more about the HEro’s and SHEro’s of our movement within the human rights church for all people.

2014…Atlanta, GA…

I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences that I have had through the years. I have been attending Resurrection MCC since 2004 and I have grown more in my spirituality in the last 10 years than I ever have before as a young adult same gender loving man of color. Without our People of African Decent conference, I wouldn’t have been able to get to know other people of color who are journeying towards making our world a better place to love God, embrace community and fight on the global level for justice for all people. UFMCC has so much to offer as a radically inclusive denomination and our PAD conference is just the icing on the cake!! Join me in Atlanta!

Goldie Brown

Goldie BrownAttending and joining an MCC church gave me a safe place to worship. Our worship services are very diverse allowing the members to see glimpses of their faith somewhere during service. Another entity where I see glimpses of my culture is from the services and activities during the PAD conferences. Both give me a sense of belonging. During PAD, a connection is made, friendships developed and networking conducted. PAD is a time to present our unique challenges and exchange of ideas and or solutions. I look forward to seeing those I have met from previous conferences. I get to put faces with names. When I travel, I look up those names. I also learn about the unique challenges that our allies face and help find solutions through listening and education. PAD is a much smaller (although attendance grows with each one) collection of people who are more like me than not. I bring back what I’ve learned and share them with my church. I get excited about connecting with those in my church who look like me and those who don’t. The bridge fades and is replaced with like minds and hearts. Plus I get to sightsee a new city!  
Sure of Salvation
Goldie

Emerge: Special Edition

People of African Descent, friends, and allies conference

 2014 MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Friends, and Allies
15-17 MAY 2014
FIRST MCC of ATLANTA

ATLANTA, GEORGIA

BE THE CHANGE

The MCC PAD conference is for everyone. Let us come together to proactively transform ourselves as we create the beloved community and transform the world!

This is going to be a remarkable journey, folks! And it is our sincerest hope that you can get on the bus and come along for the ride!  Transforming Ourselves As We Transform the World is our charge and “BE”ING THE CHANGE is our goal. Whether you are a person of African descent, a friend or an ally – ALL ARE WELCOME and we hope to see you there!

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 Keynote Speakers

KellyBrownDouglas Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas renowned for her work on sexuality and the Black Church, will lead the charge with a historical perspective on how far we’ve come as LGBTQI peoples of African descent and what’s on the horizon as we fully show up as we are.
hopson Rev. Dr. Ronald Hopson a scholar in psychology and religion/theology, will help us reimagine what healing and transformation can look like in our lives in light of and in spite of our collective stories.
carijackson Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson , widely known for her community-building efforts across cultures and faith traditions, will talk about Jesus and social justice, focusing us on the outward manifestation of inward spiritual health and wellness.
macflournoy Rev. MacArthur Flournoy  will round out the plenary sessions, along with an esteemed panel of local and national leaders, to help us understand the value of building a faith movement that makes room at the table for all that we are and all that we bring.

 

Worship Preachers

 

revkensamuel Rev. Dr. Ken Samuel, Senior Pastor of Victory for the World Church believes that our love for Jesus should never be separated from justice.  He will be the guest preacher for opening worship on Thursday evening.
RevCarolynMobley (1) Rev. Carolyn Mobley, Interim Pastor of MCC of Richmond will use her gift as a minister who speaks through her music to start the day on Friday for the morning worship.
RevTonyiaRawls (1) Bishop Tonyia Rawls, Founder and Executive Director of The Freedom Center for Social Justice (FCSJ) and Founder of Sacred Souls Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a spiritual leader and social activist.  She will be bringing a dynamic message to the conference on Friday evening.
Rev. Mykal O’Neal Slack Rev. Mykal Slack, Founder of 4LYFE Ministries provides pastoral and educational resources to address sexual orientation and gender identity issues in faith communities across a broad spectrum. On Saturday morning he will share a word of inspiration to take us into the final day of the conference.
RevWilson Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator of MCC will round out the conference on Saturday evening.  She will offer visionary words of truth, passion, and love.

 

gospel-choir-mdSaturday evening will also come alive with a Gospel Extravaganza.  Come and join your fellow conference participants in an event overflowing with music.

 

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Volunteer Today

Do you have time to volunteer during the 2014 People of African Descent, Allies, and Friends Conference?  We are looking for people with kind hearts and generous spirits to volunteer their time. Volunteer opportunities include (but are not limited to): conference registration, worship (usher, greeter, acolyte), workshops, audio visuals, hospitality, VIP Buddies, and so much more.

To find out more about all of the volunteer opportunities: http://padconference.mccchurch.org/register-attend/volunteer/

 

Looking for:

Musicians

Dancers

Singers/Choir Members

Contact: CassandraWhite@MCCchurch.net

beasponsor Promote your business, group, or ministry by becoming a sponsor.Our Sponsors:
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registernowRegister to join us for this powerful and inspiring event.

Be a Pillar to help someone attend the conference.

Volunteer to help make a difference at the conference.

Become an Exhibitor or Sponsor to promote your business, movement, or ministry.

If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Candy Holmes, PAD Conference Planning Chair for more information.

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A Word from Rev. Elder Darlene Garner to Pastors and Church Leadership

 

Dear Pastor and Church Leadership:

 

The MCC Conference for People of African Descent (PAD) & Our Friends and Allies will be held May 15-17, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia; the host church is First MCC of Atlanta).  Please support this critically important opportunity for the people of our churches and communities.

Since 1998, each PAD Conference has been dedicated to achieving our mission:

To provide a groundbreaking ministry experience for People of African Descent, their families and their allies within MCC that inspires all who are involved to continue their individual and shared journeys toward creating a truly inclusive spiritual community committed to social justice for all.

Everyone is welcome to attend.  If a person is descended from the indigenous peoples of Africa, he/she is a Person of African Descent.  It does not matter if that person was born, lived, or grew up in the U.S., the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Asian-Pacific or Africa. “Families, friends, allies, and loved ones” include anyone who is connected to the PAD community, whether as a lover, a parent, child, co-worker, friend, or someone interested in striving with us to build the “beloved community.” Our hope is simply that all who attend the Conference do so because they love, respect and want to join us on our journey toward diversity and inclusion!

 

Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, Moderator of MCC, says:

Attending this conference is important to me because People of African Descent in MCC are important to me and to the future of our Fellowship.  The gifts and ministry of People of African Descent need to be celebrated, uplifted, and increased!

 

The theme for the 2014 PAD Conference is “Be the Change” reflecting MCC’s commitment to Transforming Ourselves as We Transform the World. There will be amazing programming, soul-stirring worship, and informing plenaries on a wide range of topics that will support churches, clergy, and other leaders in becoming even more diverse and inclusive.

PAD Conference participants will have many exciting opportunities to get to know each other, celebrate one another, and find support for their dreams.  They will return to their churches and communities with tools and information they need to help your congregation and all of MCC become the welcoming and nurturing home it can be for people of color all over the world. MCC clergy who attend can receive CEU’s.

What can your church do?

  • Promote the PAD Conference through your church announcements, newsletter, web page postings, and Facebook using the conference link http://padconference.mccchurch.org/
  • Encourage and sponsor participation of people of African descent and allies from your church.
  • Contribute to the Pillar fund.
  • Place an ad in the program book.
  • Sponsor a conference event.

Click here are materials that you can use to promote the conference in your church.  These include church bulletin inserts, Registration form, Sponsor/Ad form and Vendor/Information form.

Thank you so much for all you will do to support the 2014 PAD Conference.  It is churches like yours that can help make this event a life-changing opportunity for people of African descent within MCC, our families, and our allies.

Peace,

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner

PAD Conference Convener

PAD Conference 2014 – Be The Change – It Starts with You

Rev. Elder Dr Nancy Wilson

Rev. Elder Dr Nancy Wilson

Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches

 

People of African Descent in MCC is a movement with a movement. As the Moderator of MCC, I am always proud to participate and support the PAD Conference, which is a highlight for so many of us in our triennial cycle of events.

I want to acknowledge and thank the team that has been working diligently to finalize the details for this amazing conference: the Convener, Rev. Elder Darlene Garner; the Planning Chair, Rev. Candy Holmes, and her planning team; and the Office of Emerging Ministries staff: Shannon Young and Rev. Vickey Gibbs.

If you have never been to a PAD Conference, I want to encourage you to put this on your calendar now, and join my wife Paula and me in Atlanta. The worship, the fellowship, the learning opportunities, and the insights that come from engaging the world through the lens of People of African Descent and allies in MCC is transformative, every time.

One of the geniuses of our MCC movement is the way in which we celebrate the beauty and particularity of our cultures and identities. God is surely revealed in those particularities.

I have always found the PAD experience to be challenging and inspiring – a place where people do not mince words, or hold back – where courage and honesty are on display, and we are all stretched as we go back to our churches and ministries. And where we play as hard as we work and worship . . . .

I remember sermons at PAD like I remember them from General Conference – the special guests, the prophetic word, the connection between MCC and other partner organizations with whom we share this struggle for justice.  The sense of being part of changing the world, the Church, history itself.

We cannot be the change if we do not risk showing up!  It starts with you, your church and community. Make sure your church is well represented at PAD, and that you bring your whole self, your heart, your hopes with you. It does start with you, and you will not be disappointed.  I promise!