Online Classes

28th February, 2012 - Posted by Kharma - No Comments

Online Classes

Our goal is to offer each of the three required MCC courses (e.g. Polity, Queer History, and Sexuality Studies) twice per calendar year, via an online format.  Details on this page will be added as they are confirmed, so check back often.  Our attempt is to give you as much information as possible so that you can plan in advance.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: In order to take an online course, you must have a headset, webcam, and high-speed internet connection. Classes generally utilize Adobe Connect for online meetings. You should contact MarinaLaws@MCCchurch.net to run a technical test on Adobe before the class, if this is your first time using it.  Other courses may have additional technical requirements that must be met as a prerequisite for attending the course, as specified below.

Registration will open at least one month prior to each course.  (Click here for our refund policy.)  Please contact us if you have any questions.

NOTE: For those who are officially “In-Care” with MCC, limited scholarships are available to cover the costs associated with these required courses.  Please download, complete, and submit the Clergy Development Scholarship Application on the Forms and Manuals section of our website under Incoming Clergy.

MCC Polity

This course will consider the history, structure, and governance of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) as well as the values, theologies, and cultures that have shaped MCC. This will be explored in the larger context of LGBTQ liberation movements and the global religious context. 

First Half of 2016
Date: 24th May to 12th July 2016
This is a General Conference Combo Session; there will be a face to face meeting at General Conference which is a requirement for completion of this course
Instructor: Rev. Terri Echelbarger
Register here: https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1668&EID=21401

Second Half of 2016
Dates: 22nd September to 10th November 2016
This is an 8 week online course with 2 Adobe Connect Sessions [9/22 & 11/3]
Instructor: Rev. Terri Echelbarger
Register here: https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1668&EID=21402

Queer History

This course will give an overview of the history of GLBTQ people from the ancient Western world, through pre-industrial and modern cultures, to contemporary global situations. Particular emphasis will be placed on understanding the changing social constructions of sexuality and gender, and on the historic roots of contemporary religious, social, and political realities.

First Half of 2016

Dates: 9th & 23rd February, 8th & 22nd March, 5th April 2016
Time: 5pm to 7pm US Eastern
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Tom Bohache
Register here: https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1668&EID=21370

Second Half of 2016

Dates: 2nd, 16th & 30th August, 13th & 27th September 2016
Time: 5pm to 7pm
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Tom Bohache
Register here: https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1668&EID=21371

Sexuality Studies

This course provides students with basic information about human sexuality and offers an opportunity to become more comfortable talking about a variety of sexual issues.  Students will also have an opportunity to assess the sexual health of oneself, professional ministry, and location of ministry, including preventing misconduct and sexual abuse.  The course includes teachings/texts about sexuality from tradition, as well as denominational and congregational policies.  Students will reflect theologically on the integration of sexuality and spirituality, and examine the impact of race, class, gender, and heterosexism on issues of sexuality in  ministry.

First Half of 2016:  1 February – 30 April
Second Half of 2016: 1 September – 30 November

For 2016, this course is being offered in partnership with the Religious Institute.  The Religious Institute’s course, Sexuality Issues for Christian Religious Professionals, will satisfy the MCC requirement. This online course from the RI is the only online offering for 2016, and you can register for the course directly at this link:  http://www.religiousinstitute.org/sexuality-issues-for-christian-religious-professionals/.