This is a series of blogs about our early history. First generation leaders in Metropolitan Community Churches tell their stories. Like Abraham and Sarah of old, they recall God’s faithfulness on an uncertain journey. They share the joy of becoming part of an Inclusive community of faith. They recount memories of a movement for justice and human rights that continues to change the world.
For the purpose of this series, “first generation” is defined to cover the first 35 years of MCC’s history. This period begins with the first MCC worship service in the Los Angeles home of Rev. Troy D. Perry on October 6, 1968. It continues until the January 2003 beginning of a new leadership structure for our global MCC fellowship. This will include clergy and laity who served in various leadership roles at both the denominational and district levels of MCC.
It’s also important to define the use of the words “leaders” and “leadership” in this series. Leadership is not limited to narrow definitions (sometimes assumed) that leaders are only those who are in elected offices, hold prominent positions, or fulfill important roles. A wider view sees leadership as seeking to influence others to think and act in ways that lead to growth and transformation. This happens in many ways and many roles; some visible, some less so.
This project is managed and edited by Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson and Rev. Elder Don Eastman.
By Rev. Elder Don Eastman – 6 October 2019
Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson – 6 October 2019
For Such a Time as This – The First Women Elders in MCC – 6 October 2019