Orgena Rose, our Music Director, brings her inspirational artistry and gifted musicality to this year’s PAD Conference, and she has something to share. Listen as she shares an encouraging word of testimony on why the PAD Conference is important to her and what it can do for all that come.
Patrice Ford, part of the Theologies Team, the denomination’s Young Adult Ministry, and a member of Founder’s MCC in LA offers her testimony of the uniqueness and importance of the PAD conference.
Rev. Brendan Y. Boone
“I’ve lost track of the number of PAD Conferences I have attended through the years, although I’ve not the forgotten the feeling of a deep sense of belonging before, during and after each Conference . . . it literally changes my life in some way every time I attend! It is a wonderful opportunity for People of African Descent (PAD) to gather for a time of learning, sharing, encouragement, fellowship and worship. In many respects, the conference has served as a point of entry for PAD seeking to both “be MCC” and be in an MCC context that makes room for PAD to bring their full, authentic selves into an encounter and experience where PAD are unapologetically and unashamedly affirmed, lifted up and empowered. The Conference is a primary portal for building and nurturing friendships and relationships which continue to growand blossom during the Conference and beyond. For me, the PAD Conference is one of the many experiences that keeps me grounded . . . in faith, in hope, and in love.
Make plans to join us in August. It will be an experience that will change and challenge you while, at the same time, bless and empower you to be fully you as we all grow in our understanding of what it means to “Be MCC”! I look forward to see you all in St. Louis!”
“I have been attending the PAD Conference since the 1990’s and am always challenged, blessed, and more connected because of it. As a white ally and friend, The PAD Conference is a profound opportunity for me to listen while I attempt to remove my white privileged ears, to confess when I become aware of my own racism, to appreciate the deep giftedness of the PAD community, to engage in the cultural celebration even when I’m uncomfortable and to open up my eyes to the beautiful, black, awesome side of God.”
Rev. Wanda Floyd
“As African American MCC clergy and pastor, the People of African Descent (PAD) Conferences are a way for me to find strength to do the work I do in MCC. Coming together with people who look like me, in large numbers, is very empowering. I believe PAD conferences are important for people of African descent and people of European descent because the conferences are structured to bring everyone together to talk and share in a safe place. I have been involved from the first conference in 1998 and I continue to feel that PAD Conferences are a vital part of the MCC culture. Validation for people of African Descent occur at the conference in ways it does not happen in our churches. At the conferences, we are free to be who we are and not be concerned about being ‘too loud’ or ‘too out there.’ Overall, the PAD Conferences are liberating and a place to be free.”
Kenaya Edghill shares why she is excited for the 2017 PAD conference!
Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline offers his PAD testimony!
Kedric Brown tells adds why he is excited for the conference this year!
We are delighted that the Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis is the host congregation for the 2017 PAD Conference. Here’s a warm message of welcome from Wes Mullins, pastor of the always gracious MCCGSL.