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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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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

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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.

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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, 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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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

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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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MCC PAD Conference Newsletter: EMERGENCE

Metropolitan Community Churches

Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner
There are only 5 days before we gather together to celebrate the 7th MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies in beautiful Washington D.C.God has blessed us in that, Rev. Dr. Alton Pollard, Dean of Howard University Divinity School, will offer our keynote address on Saturday night at the Gala Banquet. 

Ms. Val Kalende from Uganda and Rev. Joseph Tolton of the Global Justice Institute will  speak on the issue of Homophobia in Uganda and provide us with up-to-date information on the Ugandan “Kill the Gays” Bill. Our thanks to UNAIDS for making it possible for Val to be with us..

My heartfelt thanks to our presenters for offering their knowledge, their stories and themselves to stretch and deepen each of us. Thanks to Rev. Cedric Harmon, Rev. Dr. Christine Wiley, Rev. Dr. Dennis Wiley, Pastor, Dr. Sylvia Rhue, Val Kalende, DeWayne Davis, Rev. Marilyn Bowens, Rev. Michael Diaz, Rev. Harry Knox, Rev. Jeff Jordan, Rev. Carmen Margarita Sanchez De Leon, Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin, Rev. Dr. Traci West, Rev. Dr. Joan Martin, Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng, Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline, Rev. Dwayne Johnson, Rev. Darren Phelps, Kareem Murphy, Rev. Sharon Groves, Jasper Hendricks Rev. Roland Stringfellow, Rev. Darlene Nipper, Rev. Dr. Abena McCray, Hutson Inniss, Imani Woody, Minister Anthony Sullivan, Diane Johnson, Bishop Tonyia Rawls, Rev. Steve Andrews, Rev. Mari Castellanos, Sharon Lettman-Hicks, Rev. Franc Perry,Rev. Joseph Tolton, Theresa Coley-Kouadio, Rev. Troy Sanders, Mykal Slack, Esq., Rev. Louis Mitchell, Chris Page, Christine Campbell, Dr. Ron Simmons, Rev. Jorge Delgado, Rev. Allyson Robinson, Danielle King, Rev. B.Y.  Boone, Rev. Kevin Taylor, Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos and Rev. Dr. Mona West.

 

We are also excited to have as Conference special musical guests: Batala, Cassandra White, Charlene Moore, Umoja Dono Drum Orchestra, Freedom Mime Dancers and professional interpretive dancer, Rev. Brian Harris.

 

We also extend our heartfelt thanks to all who have and are supporting the PAD Conference — all worship participants,  sponsors, Pillars, MCC, Fellowship, and Unity Fellowship churches, local organizations/businesses, vendors, seminary partners, volunteers, MCC staff/leadership, and our Planning team.

 

So come and be blessed by what God has in store for you.

 

See you at the PAD Conference!
Peace,
Rev. Elder Darlene

A Prayer For You
As we prepare to gather together:

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“God of Grace and Glory, we ask for your goodness and mercy as we approach the time for our

People of African Descent Conference.

Be with all those who are working so hard to make this conference a success, and a blessing to all who attend. We ask for traveling mercies for those coming a long distance, and those driving from nearby cities. Bless the leaders and organizers, those will be attending for the first time. May the Conference shine a light on all that You would have us know and see and understand. May we be inspired and uplifted as we draw together in Your name! In Jesus name, Amen!

 

 

Rev. Nancy L. Wilson

Worship is Open To All
 

A reminder to all, participation and attendance in all worship services at the MCC PAD Conference are open to everyone. So come and worship.

Inspiring A New Way

 

When preparing for the PAD Conference we sometimes get the question “Why should I come to this conference? What’s in it for me?”  Sometimes the best way to answer these questions is to hear the answer from someone’s story.


Let’s hear from
DeWayne Davis
MCC of Washington DC

“I attended my first PAD Conference in St. Louis in 2008.  It was a vivid illustration of how a diverse community can come together in mutuality and common purpose to learn, worship, and celebrate.  I was so impressed with the way the conference preachers, presenters, and programming effectively focused on inspiring and empowering each of us to step out on faith to make a difference in the world. I felt supported and encouraged to take advantage of every opportunity the conference provided, from the powerful worship to the afternoon workshops and plenary sessions to the receptions and entertainment.  Every worship and workshop inspired some new way of thinking about and participating in my church, my community, and MCC.  Also, I met some wonderful new people who I know will be my life-long friends.”

DeWayne Davis

Domestic Policy Analyst in The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations

Looking for a Roommate during Conference – Go to the Forum

If you have a room  and would like to share or are looking for someone willing to share a room, visit the MCC PAD Forum by clicking here.

Conference Pillars
Pillars
 

Rev. Y’Lon Dozier

Mary Ann Lawson

MCC of Northern Virginia

Connie Meadows and Haviland Houston

Jake Kopmeier
Preston Pulliam
Bryan Parker

Joan Saniuk and

Sharilyn Steketee

Cassandra White & The Resurrection MCC Gospel Ensemble

City of Refuge – Washington, DC

Conference Parking Options

There are multiple parking options available to you during the Conference:

Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC, 474 Ridge Street N.W. Washington, DC 20001

has graciously offered several free parking places for PAD Conference vehicles. For information on how to apply for these spaces click here. MCC DC is a 10 minute taxi ride to/from the Fairmont or a 15 minute ride via Metro.

If you take the Metro from MCC DC – MCC DC is located  2 blocks east of the Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center Metro station. Take the Metro to Foggy Bottom on the Orange or Blue lines. At the top of the escalator you will be facing 23rd Street. Turn Left onto 23rd Street. At the next corner, turn Left onto “K” Street. Walk one block to 24th St., make a right onto 24th. The hotel is 4 blocks North, on the left, after you cross “M” Street, at the corner of 24th and “M” Streets. (The lettered streets will become higher in the alphabet from “K” to “M”). So FIRST drop off your bags at the hotel and park at MCC DC.

Another option is parking at MD and VA Metro Train stations – catch Metro into DC. Click here for a guide to the DC Metro System
Parking costs vary by station, starting at $4.50 per day.
Union Station – Click here for information on parking at the Union Station (DC’s train station)
Parking is available 24/7. Access is available from Massachusetts Avenue, NE – from a ramp on the East side of Union Station and from H Street, NE.
Parking Fees:
0 – 1 hr:      $6.00
1 – 2 hrs:    $9.00
2 – 3 hrs:    $12.00
3 – 5 hrs:    $15.00
5 – 24 hrs:  $20.00

Valet parking at the Fairmont Washington , 2401 “M” St., NW, Washington, D.C. .20037, ranges from $12-30 during the day and is $40.00 overnight.

For information on DC Taxi service click here.

 

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Dr. Alton Pollard

 

 

People of African Descent Conference 2011

The MCC PAD Conference is excited to announce its distinguished roster of guest speakers, preachers,  and worship leaders. These talented individuals will bring their unique and inspirational voices to the PAD Conference.

Thursday, May 19th – Evening Worship

Preacher – Bishop Yvette Flunder

Worship Leader – Rev. Brendan Boone

Friday, May 20th – Morning Worship

Preacher – Rev. Dr. William Knight

Worship Leader – Rev. Dr. Y’Lon Dozier

 

AM Plenary Speaker – Rev. Dr. Traci West

PM Plenary Speaker – Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng

Afternoon Presentation – Val Kalende

 

 

Friday, May 20th – Evening Worship

Preacher – Rev. Joseph Tolton,

Worship Leader – Rev. Troy Sanders

Saturday, May 21stMorning Worship

Preacher – Rev. Marilyn Bowens,

Worship Leader – Rev. Carolyn Mobley

Plenary Speaker – Ms. Sharon Lettman-Hicks

Saturday, May 21st - Closing Worship and Wrap Up

Preacher – Rev. Eric Lee

Worship Leader – Rev. Doretha

Williams – Flournoy


Saturday, May 21st -
Gala Banquet and Celebration

Banquet Keynote Speaker – Rev. Dr. Alton Pollard

Banquet Program Emcee – Rev. Franc Perry

 

Dance the Night Away with DJ Myra!

PADDance
We are excited to announce a dance party with DJ Myra (from City of Refuge, Washington DC) following the Gala Banquet on Saturday May 22, 2011 from 10:30 PM until 1:00 AM, Grand Ballroom. Admittance is free to all.

Tickets Still AvailableSail Away on the

2012 Valentine’s Cruise!

How? Win the Raffle

The Imagination

Sailaway on the Carnival Imagination for a Valentine’s Day Getaway. Enjoy the comfort a a Balcony Suite Stateroom as you sail the Western Caribbean. Tickets are only $5.00 or $20.00 for 5 tickets.  Proceeds benefit the PAD Conference as Linda Hardy Travel donated the cruise.

 

The drawing will be held on Saturday 21 May during the PAD Conference. Tickets will  be available onsite at the Cruise Raffle table in the Grand Ballroom Lobby. For More information on the 2012 Valentine’s Cruise, click here or email 2011padcruiseraffle@mccchurch.net

Volunteer!

VolunteerNow! With 450 + people in attendance, Kareem, while fabulous, can’t provide all the hospitality, security, worship and workshop assistance alone.

Kareem explains his needs here.

Would you consider lending him a hand?

If you are able to volunteer at Conference, let Kareem know by filling out the volunteer form and emailing it to him at PADVolunteers@MCCchurch.net.

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Partners – PAD Conference and HRC’s Clergy Call

 

May 22 – 24, 2011 Washington, DC

A Faithful Movement for LGBT Justice

It’s time to register for Clergy Call 2011! We call on all clergy and faith community leaders to support justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.  Join us in Washington, DC from May 22 – 24, 2011 to have your voice heard by Congress on critical issues affecting the LGBT community.

For more information, go to http://www.hrc.org/clergycall2011/

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Hotel – Click Here
Volunteer – Click Here
Vocalists, Dancers, Choir & Musicians – Click Here
Advertise – Click Here
Sponsor – Click
Get Married – Click Here
Schedule – Click Here
Spread the Word – Click Here 

 

Attention Clergy

Clergy

Did you know you receive CEU’s while attending the 2011 MCC PAD Conference?

 

This is also a great opportunity for you to connect with other faith leaders from around the world and establish relationships.

To see who is attending, click here.

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Help Spread the Word!

Use the following printable poster graphics to help spread the word about the 2011 PAD Conference!  Click the image to open the original file, or right-click to download!

 

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MCC PAD Conference Newsletter: EMERGENCE

Metropolitan Community Churches

Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner
There are only 22 days before we gather together to celebrate the 8th MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies in beautiful Washington D.C.I encourage you to register for conference and book your hotel room now as the deadline to receive the conference rate is TOMORROW 28 April. You will only be charged a one day deposit.

I also encourage you to visit the PAD Conference website to stay up to date on workshops, plenaries and special guests..

Speaking of special guests, we are excited to have as Conference special musical guests – Min. Charlene Moore (City of Refuge, San Francisco) and Umojo Drumming Orchestra ( Unity Fellowship of Washington, DC).

We are delighted to have great participation from seminaries from around the country. The following schools will be present or have financially supported the PAD Conference.  Brite Divinity School, Chicago Theological SchoolClaremont School of Divinity, Drew University Theological School, Episcopal Divinity School, Howard University School of Divinity, Iliff School of Theology, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Meadville Lombard Theological School, Pacific School of Religion, Starr King School for the Ministry, Vanderbilt Divinity School, and Wakeforest School of Divinity.

 

 

This conference is one you don’t want to miss. Take a look at the evolving schedule by clicking here..So come and be blessed by what God has in store for you.

 

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for speaker , special events and workshop updates.

 

Note: Next newsletter we will have additional information on parking options.

See you at the PAD Conference!
Peace,
Rev. Elder Darlene

Programming Is Now Set

 

The Full Conference Plenary and Workshop Schedule is now online  Click here.

Where Are You From?

 

When preparing for the PAD Conference we sometimes get the question “Why should I come to this conference? What’s in it for me?”  Sometimes the best way to answer these questions is to hear the answer from someone’s story.

RevCedricHarmon
Let’s hear from
Rev. Cedric Harmon of
City of Refuge – Washington, D.C.

“Where are you from?” is a question heard so often when we meet someone for the first time that we don’t even take serious notice of its various meanings. Are we being asked simply from where have we arrived? Is the questioner asking about our place of birth? Is it an inquiry about our place of native origin? Why are we being asked? Will our answer result in some form of judgment or stereotype of us?  To read more click here.

Looking for a Roommate during Conference – Go to the Forum

If you have a room  and would like to share or are looking for someone willing to share a room, visit the MCC PAD Forum by clicking here.

Conference Pillars
Pillars
 

Rev. Y’Lon Dozier

Mary Ann Lawson

MCC of Northern Virginia

Connie Meadows and Haviland Houston

Joan Saniuk and Sharilyn Steketee

Cassandra White & The Resurrection MCC Gospel Ensemble

Conference Parking Options
MCC DC

Valet parking at the Fairmont Washington , 2401 “M” St., NW, Washington, D.C. .20037, ranges from $12-30 during the day and is $40.00 overnight.

Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC, 474 Ridge Street N.W. Washington, DC 20001

has graciously offered several free parking places for PAD Conference vehicles. Information on how to apply for these spaces will be posted on Facebook and the website soon.
MCC DC is a 10 minute taxi ride to/from the Fairmont or a 15 minute ride via Metro.

If you take the Metro – MCC DC is located  2 blocks east of the Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center Metro station. Take the  Metro to Foggy Bottom on the Orange or Blue lines. At the top of the escalator you will be facing 23rd Street. Turn Left onto 23rd Street. At the next corner, turn Left onto “K” Street. Walk one block to 24th St., make a right onto 24th. The hotel is 4 blocks North, on the left, after you cross “M” Street, at the corner of 24th and “M” Streets. (The lettered streets will become higher in the alphabet from “K” to “M”). So FIRST drop off your bags at the hotel and park at MCC DC.

 

Another option is parking at the East Falls Church Metro Stations which is only $4.50 per day. Other Metro Stations have similar rates available in Maryland and Virginia.

 

Stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter and the website for additional parking options.

Attention Clergy

Clergy

Did you know you receive CEU’s while attending the 2011 MCC PAD Conference?

 

This is also a great opportunity for you to connect with other faith leaders from around the world and establish relationships.

To see who is attending, click here.

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Emergence April 27 2011
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Attention Clergy!
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RESERVE YOUR ROOM TODAY!
The Fairmont Hotel - Washington, DC

Reserve your room today! The deadline to reserve your room at the conference rate is April 28, 20111. Don’t delay, make your room reservation today!

Dance the Night Away with DJ Huggy Bear!
PADDance
We are excited to announce a post Conference dance on Saturday May 22, 2011 from 10:30 PM until 1:00 AM. Conference registrants should wear their badge to enter for free. All others are welcome for a $5.00 cover.

Feel the Love, Share The Love Winner Announced! It Is Norma Sharpe

Feel the love, Share the love
There were 11 Registrants between April 11 and April 17th. All these names were put in a container and the winner drawn is: Norma Sharpe! She opted to Share the Love with Pat Mouton!

Sail Away on the

2012 Valentine’s Cruise!

How? Win the Raffle

The Imagination

Sailaway on the Carnival Imagination for a Valentine’s Day Getaway. Enjoy the comfort a a Balcony Suite Stateroom as you sail the Western Caribbean. Tickets are only $5.00 or $20.00 for 5 tickets.  Proceeds benefit the PAD Conference as Linda Hardy Travel donated the cruise.

 

The drawing will be held on Saturday 22 May during the PAD Conference. For More information on the 2012 Valentine’s Cruise, click here or email 2011padcruiseraffle@mccchurch.net

 

Travel Services Available

 

Linda Hardy

 

Linda Hardy, a member of New Life MCC of Hampton Roads in Norfolk, VA wants to assist you with your travel needs to the 2011 MCC PAD Conference and beyond.For a travel quote contact Linda via emal at  GlobalTrvl2@aol.com, or via phone at (757) 597- 4102, or via fax at (707) 248-7348 or on her website at www.LindaHardy.GlobalTravel.com

 

Download the quote request form and let Linda handle your travel needs.

 

Volunteer!

VolunteerNow! With 450 + people in attendance, Kareem, while fabulous, can’t provide all the hospitality, security, worship and workshop assistance alone.

Kareem explains his needs here.

Would you consider lending him a hand?

If you are able to volunteer at Conference, let Kareem know by filling out the volunteer form and emailing it to him at PADVolunteers@MCCchurch.net.

.

 

MCCPADHRCCC

Partners – PAD Conference and HRC’s Clergy Call

 

May 22 – 24, 2011 Washington, DC

A Faithful Movement for LGBT Justice

It’s time to register for Clergy Call 2011! We call on all clergy and faith community leaders to support justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.  Join us in Washington, DC from May 22 – 24, 2011 to have your voice heard by Congress on critical issues affecting the LGBT community.

For more information, go to http://www.hrc.org/clergycall2011/

Quick Links!
Click Here
Register – Click Here
Hotel – Click Here
Volunteer – Click Here
Vocalists, Dancers, Choir & Musicians – Click Here
Advertise – Click Here
Sponsor – Click
Get Married – Click Here
Schedule – Click Here
Spread the Word – Click Here 

 

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Our Sponsors
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Help Spread the Word!

Use the following printable poster graphics to help spread the word about the 2011 PAD Conference!  Click the image to open the original file, or right-click to download!

 

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EMERGENCE – the PAD Conference Newsletter

Metropolitan Community Churches

Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner
There are only 7 weeks before we gather together to celebrate the 8th MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies in beautiful Washington D.C.

 

Our excitement grows as we continue to make preparation for your time with us. It is our great pleasure to announce additional confirmed PAD Conference speakers – Valerie Kalende (Sexual Minorites Uganda), Sharon Lettman-Hicks (NBJC), Pastor Joseph Tolton (Rehoboth Temple Christ Conscious Church), and Rev. Mariyln Bowens (MCC of New haven). Come and be blessed by what God has in store for you through these amazing speakers! Periodically, we will announce other speakers as are they are confirmed via Facebook and Twitter.

See you at the PAD Conference!Peace,
Rev. Elder Darlene

Our Speakers

Valerie KalendeValerie Kalende is a radical Ugandan LGBT rights activist, leader, community builder, and organizer. Valerie and her partner Mimi currently live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as Valerie pursues a Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree at the Episcopal Divinity School. Valerie helped to start the only lesbian organization in Uganda and has been at the frontline of the campaign against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, legislation that proposes the death penalty for LGBT people in Uganda.. More About Val

 

Sharon Lettman-HicksSharon Lettman-Hicks became the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in October of 2009. Since 2003, NBJC has provided leadership at the intersection of mainstream civil rights groups and mainstream LGBT organizations, advocating for the unique challenges and needs of the African-American LGBT community, which are often relegated to the sidelines.. More About Sharon.

 

Rev. Joseph ToltonElder Joseph Tolton enjoys a three-faceted career serving the gay and lesbian community as a voice for spiritual freedom, social justice and economic empowerment. As a professional man of faith, Elder Tolton is the Senior Pastor of Rehoboth Temple Christ Conscious Church and the Publisher of GayByGod.net. His affirming ministry seeks to empower all people with the transformative power of the Gospel and to nurture disciples of Christ in the Pentecostal Apostolic tradition. More about Rev Joseph.

 

Rev. Marilyn BowensRev. Marilyn Bowens is the Senior Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of New Haven. Raised in a fundamentalist home and church environment, Rev. Bowens initially sensed her call to ministry as a teenager, but then “life happened,” and her inability to reconcile what she had been taught about homosexuality with the possibility of being a minister deterred her from saying “yes” to her call. Instead, she pursued a Juris Doctorate degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law, and was licensed to practice law in 1992. She earned the LL.M. degree from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) Law School in 1993. Her thesis, “The ‘Cleaver Paradigm’ as an Anachronism in a Multi-Cultural Society,” in which she argued for legal recognition of non-traditional families, was published in The Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender, and Society (formerly, The Wisconsin Women’s Law Journal) in 1993. More about Rev. Marilyn

 

 

Volunteer!

VolunteerNow! With 450 + people in attendance, Kareem, while fabulous, can’t provide all the hospitality, security, worship and workshop assistance alone.

Kareem explains his needs here.

Would you consider lending him a hand?

If you are able to volunteer at Conference, let Kareem know by filling out the volunteer form and emailing it to him at PADVolunteers@MCCchurch.net.

.

 

We Support the PAD Conference!

Congresswoman Eleanore Holmes NOrton

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

 

Welcome to everyone attending the 2011 People of African Descent, Allies and Friends
Conference.

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.

Sincerely,
Eleanor Holmes Norton

 

 

NGLTF’s Rev. Rebecca Voelkel

 

 

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.

 

To read the full letter of support for this year’s PAD Conference from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force,  click here!

 

An Ally Tells His Story

 

When preparing for the PAD Conference we sometimes get the question from people who are not of African descent “Why should I come to this conference? What’s in it for me?”  The most common response is that though the PAD Conference has as it’s focus people of African descent, it is a conference where our friends and allies can come to share in learning more about diversity and inclusion, and how to take practical tools back to their local communities.  And sometimes the best way to answer these questions is to hear the story from someone who had the same question and found the answer.

Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline’s story –

 

RevDrRobinGorslineI went to my first PAD Conference in 2006 in Tampa. It was one of the richest, most spiritually rewarding experiences of my life. I vowed then not to miss any in the future.  So, I was in St. Louis in 2008-even better than the first.

 

I am sometimes asked, “Why do you, Robin, about as WASP as they come, participate in the People of African Descent Conference?’ I have several ways of approaching this, but no matter the words I use, the truth is simple: my life as a pastor, as a Christian, as a U.S. citizen, as a human being, is not complete without Africa and African peoples. I cannot be all God calls me to be if I leave out that part of my life.   Read more here.

 
Many thanks to Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline for sharing his story and for helping us to see that we all have much to learn and that we are all in this thing together.

Peace and blessings,
Candy

Programming Sneak Peek

We thought you might like a sneak peek of some of the programming we will be offering at the PAD Conference, so here you go.

Sexuality as Gift or Problem: Re-educating the Black Church about LGBT Issues – Rev. Cedric Harmon, Pastor, City of Refuge, Washington, DC,  DeWayne Davis

“Coming Out” - A Sacred Journey: Self-Affirmation in Church and Scripture – Rev. Marilyn Bowens, Pastor, MCC of New Haven, Rev. Michael Diaz, Resurrection MCC

The S Word – Liberating Sin and Sex – Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng

Embracing Many Cultures: Making Worship Culturally and Ethnically Conscious – Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline, Pastor, MCC Richmond, Rev. Dwayne Johnson, Pastor, MCC Washington, DC,  Rev. Darren Phelps, Pastor, Bethel Christian Church

Engaging the Powers: Faith Advocacy on LGBT Issues in Government – Kareem Murphy, Rev. Sharon Groves (HRC), Jasper Kendricks (NBJC), Rev. Roland Stringfellow, Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies

Our Health Matters! Loving Ourselves into Health and Well-Being – Darlene Nipper, NGLTF, Rev. Abena McCray, Pastor, Unity Fellowship Church of Washington, DC, Imani Woody, MHS, Minister Anthony Sullivan, Pillar of Love Fellowship Church

 

The complete Conference Programming Schedule will be announced soon!

Attention Clergy

Clergy

Did you know you receive CEU’s while attending the 2011 MCC PAD Conference?

 

This is also a great opportunity for you to connect with other faith leaders from around the world and establish relationships.

 

Clergy and Faith Leaders currently  registered:

 

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Bishop Yvette Flunder, Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, Rev. Candy Holmes, Rev. Elder Troy Perry, Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng, Rev. Dr. Traci West, Rev. Dr. William Knight,  Rev. Harry Knox, Rev. Marilyn Bowens, Rev. Darren Phelps, Val Kalende, Rev. Cedric Harmon, Rev. Dr. Y’Lon Dozier, Rev. Doretha Williams-Flourney, Rev. Dwayne Johnson, Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline, Rev. Dr. Mona West, Rev. Elder Ken Martin, Bishop Tonia Rawls, Rev. Elder Diane Fisher, Rev. Jeffery Jordan-Pickett, Rev. Joseph Tolton, Rev. Troy Sanders, Rev. Brendan Boone, Rev. Dr. Joan Martin, Rev. Margarita Sanchez, Rev. Anthony Sullivan,  Rev. Stedney Phillips and. Rev. Elder Lillie Brock ..

 

MCCPADHRCCC

Partners – PAD Conference and HRC’s Clergy Call

 

May 22 – 24, 2011 Washington, DC

A Faithful Movement for LGBT Justice

It’s time to register for Clergy Call 2011! We call on all clergy and faith community leaders to support justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.  Join us in Washington, DC from May 22 – 24, 2011 to have your voice heard by Congress on critical issues affecting the LGBT community.

For more information, go to www.hrc.org/issues/religion/9194.htm.

Special Offer:

By special arrangement between MCC and HRC, clergy and religious leaders who register for both the MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies and HRC Clergy Call can apply for a special HRC scholarship to cover 3 nights of lodging at either the Fairmont Washington or another hotel (nights of Saturday through Monday, 21 – 23 May). For more information, go to the HRC website above and submit the online scholarship application form. Scholarships are not guaranteed. Please apply early.

 

Emergence March 2011
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Register Now for the 2011 MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies
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19 – 22 May 2011

in Washington, DC

 

Announcing the 2011 MCC PAD Conference Travel Agency:

Linda Hardy & Global Travel International

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Linda Hardy, a member of New Life MCC of Hampton Roads in Norfolk, VA wants to assist you with your travel needs to the 2011 MCC PAD Conference and beyond. Linda Hardy brings years of travel expertise and quality service. Get your travel quote by contacting Linda via emal at  GlobalTrvl2@aol.com, or via phone at (757) 597- 4102, or via fax at (707) 248-7348 or on her website at www.LindaHardy.GlobalTravel.com

 

Download the quote request form and let Linda handle your travel needs.

 

There is Plenty of Good Room for You!
The Fairmont Hotel - Washington, DC

We are pleased to announce that the Fairmont Hotel, Washington, D.C. is the host hotel for the 2011 MCC PAD Conference.  This beautiful facility is located in Washington’s West End and adjacent to historic Georgetown. The Fairmont Washington, D.C. hotel is pleased to welcome us in true capital style.  Rooms are going fast. Don’t delay. to make your room reservation today!

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Linda Hardy Travel

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Join the Conference Mass Choir
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For the first time in PAD Conference history, we are combining the voices from The Fellowship, Unity Fellowship, MCC,  friends and Allies to offer a joyful noise unto our God.If you sing,  please consider joining the PAD Conference Mass choir. All are welcome. Having all these voices in one choir will be historic.

 

Ms. Cassandra White, Director of Worship at Resurrection MCC, will lead  the 2011 PAD Conference Mass Choir. Links will be available soon for you to download the Conference music. To join the choir, complete the worship volunteer form and return it to CassandraWhite@MCCchurch.net.

Get Married at PAD
KareemandDeWayne

Coming to Washington, DC has many benefits. There are monuments to visit – impressive government buildings, including The White House and the United States Capitol, and more.  So, why not take advantage of another benefit of being in Washington, DC – get married while attending the 2011 MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends, and Allies.

 

Complete your Marriage License Application with the Marriage Bureau of the D.C. Superior Court no later than May 16. Visit http://www.dccourts.gov/dccourts/superior/family/marriage.jsp

Three (3) full business days must pass between the application submission and the pick-up of the license. The application fee is $35.00 and the license costs $10.00 payable to Clerk, D.C. Superior Court. You may phone the Court at 202-879-4840.

 

If you do plan to get married while in Washington for the MCC PAD Conference, please contact Rev. Cedric Harmon at GetMarriedatPad@MCCchurch.net. He will answer your questions and send you a list of Authorized Clergy who will be available to you during the Conference.

 

Quick Links!
Click Here
Register – Click Here
Hotel – Click Here
Volunteer – Click Here
Vocalists, Dancers, Choir & Musicians – Click Here
Advertise – Click Here
Sponsor – Click
Get Married – Click Here
Schedule – Click Here
Spread the Word – Click Here

 

Connect With Us!
Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter
Help Spread the Word!

Use the following printable poster graphics to help spread the word about the 2011 PAD Conference!  Click the image to open the original file, or right-click to download!

 

 

Loving Ourselves - ManLoving Ourselves - Press BookLoving Ourselves - Woman

Emergence – Feb 2011

Metropolitan Community Churches

Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.

Rev. Elder Darlene GarnerIt is our great pleasure to announce our first confirmed PAD Conference speakers – Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng (Episcopal Divinity School), Bishop Yvette Flunder (United Church of Christ, The Fellowship), Rev. Dr. William Knight (Metropolitan Community Churches), and Rev. Dr. Traci West (Drew University, United Methodist) Come and be blessed by what God has in store for you through these amazing speakers! Bishop Flunder will be our opening speaker on Thursday evening (May 19th). Rev. Knight will be our Friday morning speaker (May 20th). Dr. West will offer the first plenary on Friday morning (May 20th). Dr. Cheng will be our second plenary on Friday afternoon (May 20th) Periodically, we will announce other speakers as are they are confirmed.

Also, the NEW 2011 MCC PAD Conference Website has launched! Take a look.

See you at the PAD Conference!
Peace,
Rev. Elder Darlene

Our Speakers

Bishop FlunderBishop Dr. Yvette Flunder founded the City of Refuge UCC in 1991 in order to unite a gospel ministry with a social ministry. City of Refuge is a thriving inner-city congregation that celebrates the radically inclusive love of Jesus Christ. A native San Franciscan, Bishop Flunder is a third generation preacher with roots in the Church of God in Christ. She was licensed in the COGIC and later ordained by the Bishop Walter Hawkins of Love Center Ministries where she served as Associate Pastor and administrator for the Oakland-based Love Center Church.  Bishop Flunder is also an ordained Minister of the United Church of Christ and a graduate of the Ministry Studies and Master of Arts programs at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California.  She received a Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo California. In June 2003 Bishop Flunder was consecrated Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship a multi-denominational fellowship of 110 primarily African American Christian leaders and laity representing 56 churches and faith-based organizations from all parts of the United States Mexico and Africa.. More About Bishop

RevDrTWestThe Rev. Dr. Traci West – Associate Professor of Ethics and African American Studies at Drew University (Madison, NJ) is a world renowned author and lecturer. Her many works include, Wounds of the Spirit: Black Women, Violence and Resistance Ethics and Holy Conversations: Talking about Homosexuality, A Congregational Resource. She is an ordained United Methodist minister, who has served in campus and parish ministry in the Hartford Connecticut area. Dr. West’s research and writing enhance her vibrant speaking style and engaging nature. All who hear her will be encouraged to think anew about their views of LGBT issues and organized religion. More About Traci

RevDrPChengThe Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng is the Assistant Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Patrick’s scholarly work relates to rethinking sin and grace for LGBTQ people, as well as the theological intersections of race, sexuality, and gender.  He is the coordinator of Queer Asian Spirit, an organization by and for LGBTQ Asian people of faith.  He is also a contributor to the Huffington Post, and he has served as an ordained minister with the Metropolitan Community Churches since 2001. More About Patrick

RevDrWKnightThe Rev. Dr. William Knight holds both a  BA and Masters in Metaphycis, as well as a Doctor of Divinity Degree from the University of Sedona.  Rev. Knight has served as Intentional Interim Minister at Water of Life MCC in Tucson, Arizona, Intentional Interim Minister at MCC of San Jose, California and is now serving as Provisional Pastor of MCC San Francisco. Rev. Dr. Knight is a great believer in the important role that the church plays in the health and well-being of the community.  He firmly and completely believes that when the church is involved and dedicated to translating the “Good News” of God’s radically inclusive love into concrete actions, everyone is blessed. More About William.

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Partners – PAD Conference and HRC’s Clergy Call

May 22 – 24, 2011 Washington, DC

A Faithful Movement for LGBT Justice

It’s time to register for Clergy Call 2011! We call on all clergy and faith community leaders to support justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.  Join us in Washington, DC from May 22 – 24, 2011 to have your voice heard by Congress on critical issues affecting the LGBT community.

For more information, go to www.hrc.org/issues/religion/9194.htm.

Special Offer:

By special arrangement between MCC and HRC, clergy and religious leaders who register for both the MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies and HRC Clergy Call can apply for a special HRC scholarship to cover 3 nights of lodging at either the Fairmont Washington or another hotel (nights of Saturday through Monday, 21 – 23 May). For more information, go to the HRC website above and submit the online scholarship application form. Scholarships are not guaranteed. Please apply early.

Testify/My Roots

Mykal O. Slack, Director of Worship & Clergy Candidate

Vision of Hope MCC – Mountville, Reading & York, PA
TreeofLifePerhaps you’ve encountered the Tree of Life before and just didn’t know it!  Remember Rafiki, the old and wise mandrill from The Lion King, who presents newborn lion cubs to all the animals at Pride Rock?  Well, he made his home in one.  If you’ve read “The Little Prince,” it’s cited as the tree that could split a small planet into pieces.  If you know me, you may have even seen one on my favorite shoulder bag!

This Tree of Life, or Baobab (ˈbā-ə-bab) Tree, is truly one of a kind.  Also called the bottle tree, or the upside down tree, it can be found in the savannahs of Africa and India and some parts of Australia.  It can grow as tall as 98 feet and develop a trunk as wide in diameter as 36 feet.  They are considered among the oldest trees on the earth, and every part of the tree can be used to sustain life.  In the wet months, water is stored in its thick, fire-resistant trunk for the nine months of dry weather that will follow.  The bark is used for cloth and rope, while the leaves can be used as condiments, as well as for their healing powers.  And the fruit, also called “monkey bread,” is supposed to be quite tasty.  A dear old friend once said that the branches of the baobab reach up toward heaven so that God can give it everything God has to offer, just so the tree can then pass those wonders on to each one of us.

Whenever I think about my first PAD conference (and every PAD I’ve attended since, really), I can’t help but think of this tree.  There was something really marvelous about stepping into Resurrection MCC in Houston, TX in 2004 and seeing fresh and seasoned faces, hearing words of welcome and familiar stories about family and faith, watching folks from all over come together as though we were all apart of one big family gathering under one roof again in love and appreciation for one another.  The learning opened my mind and warmed my heart.  The worship touched a place in my Spirit that had long been tucked away.  The gathering at table was like home.  I felt fully embraced and cared for, as though each person, each element of the conference was a root from a Baobab – feeding, healing, and sustaining me for what was to come in my faith journey and my time in MCC.

You see, I was a very different person back then.  I had a name and an identity that meant very little to me.  I was new to MCC and new to the church and her people.  I hadn’t found my peace or knew where to look for my joy.  I’d remained silent about my passion and was afraid of my truth, fearful of just how awesome God created me to be.

But that first PAD conference changed things for me.  I felt connected, apart of something beautiful.  And looking forward to and attending subsequent conferences, as well as having other opportunities to see folks along the way, laid a pathway for growth that has been immeasurable in my life.  As I recall my fear of saying “YES”, I think of Pastor Brendan.  As I continue to live into my call to ministry, I am reminded of Rev. Kristen & Rev. Delores.  As I remember that it’s okay to ask hard questions as I get closer to God, I am thankful for Rev. Wanda.  As I embrace families of choice who have loved me through difficult relationships and helped me get out of my own way, I smile and think of Norma, Noah, ET and Pat.  And when I need a reminder that my voice is unique and beautiful, given by God to serve God’s people, I hear Cheryl and Rev. Candy singing, feeling blessed by everything I continue to learn from them.

Because of these and so many other roots, my life is different and better.  I have an extended family that walks with me through my developing transition, watches over me when times get tough and helps me understand what God’s love is all about and what the power of the Holy Spirit can do.  And so, just as the Baobab’s branches offer so much nourishment to its land and people, the people that PAD has brought into my life continue to feed my heart and mind and spirit with so much of God’s love and grace and peace.

I will forever be thankful for my roots…

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MCC’s

Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson

It’s that time!

 

I do not want you to miss the best-attended, most exciting conference in terms of worship, music, workshops and fellowship until our next General Conference! MCC’s People of African Descent Conference, May 19th through 21 is just around the corner, so please make your plans now.

My partner Paula and I would not miss coming to the PAD Conference, but I want to invite you, especially, this year because:

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HRC’s Joe Solmonese

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The Human Rights Campaign is honored by our partnership with the Metropolitan Community Church and offers our full support for the
7th 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.

To read the full letter of support for this year’s PAD Conference from the Human Rights Campaign, click here!

Release Your Love

HandsAs we gather in Washington, DC this May for PAD Conference some of our friends and spiritual family will take advantage of the opportunity to Get Married at PAD.

Would you consider sharing one of you favorite wedding day photos as a visual support (and endorsement) of the wonder of married life? We will cycle the pictures on our video screens during our time together and you will have the joy of releasing your love to the community as a beacon.

You may send photos to us at GetMarriedatPAD@MCCchurch.net

Come on, let us peek into your business — for inspiration.

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Release Your Love
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Registration is Now Open for the 2011 MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies
Loving Ourselves Into Liberation

Register Today for this life changing event!

19 – 22 May 2011

in Washington, DC

There is Plenty of Good Room for You!
The Fairmont Hotel - Washington, DC

We are pleased to announce that the Fairmont Hotel, Washington, D.C. is the host hotel for the 2011 MCC PAD Conference.  This beautiful facility is located in Washington’s West End and adjacent to historic Georgetown. The Fairmont Washington, D.C. hotel is pleased to welcome us in true capital style.  Rooms are going fast. Don’t delay. to make your room reservation today!

Become A Pillar

The 2011 MCC PAD Conference Pillars Fund supports the mission and ministry of the conference by providing a strong and supportive foundation that will allow the conference to stand tall as a mainstay and inspiring presence in MCC and the PAD LGBT communities. Your contribution of $100.00, making you a Pillar, will be publicized in the MCC Conference newsletter, in the PAD Conference souvenir program book, and at the PAD Conference.

It is easy to become a 2011 MCC PAD Conference Pillar:

·         Online via our conference

·         Fax a completed Pillars Form and credit card information to MCC at 1-310-388-1252

·         Mail a completed Pillars Form and check to

PAD Conference Registration Metropolitan Community Churches PO Box 1374

Abilene, TX USA 79604.

(Enter PAD Conference Pillars Fund in memo space of your check.)

·Call us at 1-310-360-8640 to donate via phone.

Thank you in advance for becoming a PAD Pillar. Because of your generosity the mission and ministry of the 2011 MCC PAD Conference is on a sure foundation.

For more information about the Pillars Fund, contact Rev.Vickey Gibbs at RevVickeyGibbs@MCCchurch.net.

For more information about the 2011 MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends, and Allies, contact Rev. Candy Holmes, RevCandyHolmes@MCCchurch.net.

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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts exclusive guest recognition program, Fairmont President’s Club, offers special benefits and privileges designed to reflect your individual travel preferences and offer an enhanced level of service.

Membership in Fairmont’s loyalty program is complimentary and your Fairmont President’s Club experience begins the moment you arrive at any of their properties with express check-in at the private reception desk and continues during your stay with complimentary high-speed Internet access, free local calls, complimentary health club access, complimentary use of TaylorMade golf clubs, use of Fairmont Fit and so much more. Click here to enroll.

Vendor Opportunities
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If you are a seminary, church, organization, business, or entrepreneur we invite you to consider sharing who you are by becoming a PAD Conference vendor. All vendors will be provided space in close proximity to conference activities and will also be listed in the souvenir program book. See the vendor form for more details on how you can become vendor.

What to Help?
Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to help with this year’s PAD Conference. If you are interested in volunteering,  click here to complete the PAD Conference Volunteer Form.

Our Team!
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Click here to learn about the team working hard to offer the best PAD Conference experience possible!

Get Married at PAD
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Coming to Washington, DC has many benefits. There are monuments to visit – impressive government buildings, including The White House and the United States Capitol, and more.  So, why not take advantage of another benefit of being in Washington, DC – get married while attending the 2011 MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends, and Allies.

Complete your Marriage License Application with the Marriage Bureau of the D.C. Superior Court no later than May 16. Visit http://www.dccourts.gov/dccourts/superior/family/marriage.jsp

Three (3) full business days must pass between the application submission and the pick-up of the license. The application fee is $35.00 and the license costs $10.00 payable to Clerk, D.C. Superior Court. You may phone the Court at 202-879-4840.

If you do plan to get married while in Washington for the MCC PAD Conference, please contact Rev. Cedric Harmon at GetMarriedatPad@MCCchurch.net. He will answer your questions and send you a list of Authorized Clergy who will be available to you during the Conference.

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By special arrangement between MCC and HRC, clergy and religious leaders who register for both the MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies and HRC Clergy Call can apply for a special HRC scholarship to cover 3 nights of lodging at either the Fairmont Washington or another hotel (nights of Saturday through Monday, 21 – 23 May). For more information, go to the HRC website above and submit the online scholarship application form. Scholarships are not guaranteed. Please apply early.

2011 MCC People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies

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