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From the Pastor
From Pastor Aaron, June 25, 2019
What a great month of Pride we celebrated with the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and the 50 years that Metropolitan Community Churches has been sharing the unconditional love of God around the world! So much progress has been made and history is in the making!!
As we round the corner to celebrate the 4th of July, we are mindful there is still much work to be done in our striving toward Independence Day for us (LGBTQ+ folks) and many others as well. As we remember that first move toward independence (from British rule), may we also hear the cries for freedom today and strive to liberate our most marginalized within and across our borders, in our businesses, and in places of worship. Our faith and scripture remind us always that love is most important. So, may it be our love that sets off fireworks everywhere as we continue to celebrate the (hard) won victories and continue to work toward full equality, justice, and freedom for all.
May the 4th be with you and for you, dear ones…and may love be a greater celebration -- that has the power to last all year through.
(P.S. See below for information about votes to be taken at MCC’s General Conference 2019 July 1-5 in Orlando.)
Role of the Moderator
At General Conference, lay and clergy delegates will vote for a new moderator of our denomination. From the UFMCC bylaws, “The Moderator is elected by General Conference to serve as the primary visionary and futurist in order to advance the mission and vision of UFMCC worldwide through the exercise of prophetic challenge, creativity, spiritual and pastoral authority, and leadership. As the primary UFMCC spokesperson, an Elder, and the Chief Executive Officer, the Moderator is a voting member and moderates meetings of the Governing Board and of the Council of Elders; moderates General Conference; appoints Elders; and supervises UFMCC senior staffJon. The Moderator shall be responsible for leading the visioning process for the Fellowship, having a presence at global events, teaching and training, engaging in continuous learning, community relations, visitation and assistance in churches, ecumenical relations, and global social justice. The term of office of the Moderator shall be six (6) years.”
Information about Moderator Candidates
Clergy and lay delegates will vote for moderator on Tuesday, July 2 at General Conference in Orlando. Jonathan Ford is MCC Hartford’s lay delegate. You may email him with your preferences by Monday, July 1 at MCCHartfordCT@gmail.com. Candidates are:
Role of the Governing Board
At General Conference, lay and clergy delegates will vote for 8 new governing board members - 4 clergy and 4 lay. From the UFMCC bylaws, “The Governing Board is that body authorized by the General Conference to carry on the governance of the UFMCC between General Conferences in an orderly manner. The Governing Board is composed of nine persons, four of whom shall be lay persons and four of whom shall be clergypersons plus the Moderator, elected by the General Conference to be responsible for the governance of UFMCC finances and operations and to serve as the corporation’s Board of Directors, having charge of all matters pertaining to Articles of Incorporation, all documents of legal organization, property, and finances of the UFMCC. The Governing Board shall exercise all corporate powers subject to the provisions and limitations of these bylaws and any other applicable laws.”
Information about Governing Board Candidates
Clergy and lay delegates will vote for governing board members on Tuesday, July 2 at General Conference in Orlando. Jonathan Ford is MCC Hartford’s lay delegate. You may email him with your preferences by Monday, July 1 at MCCHartfordCT@gmail.com. Candidates are: