About : The MCC
...is a worldwide fellowship of Christian churches with a special outreach to the world's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.
Statement of Faith
Christianity is the revelation of God in Jesus Christ and is the religion set forth in the scriptures. Jesus Christ is foretold in the Old Testament, presented in the New Testament, and proclaimed by the Christian Church in every age and in every land.
Founded in the interest of offering a church home to all who confess and believe, Metropolitan Community Churches moves in the mainstream of Christianity.
Our faith is based upon the principles outlined in the historic creeds: Apostles and Nicene.
In one triune God, omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient, of one substance and of three persons: God - our Parent-Creator; Jesus Christ the only begotten son of God, God in flesh, human; and the Holy Spirit - God as our Sustainer.
That the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God, showing forth God to every person through the law and the prophets, and finally, completely and ultimately on earth in the being of Jesus Christ.
That Jesus...the Christ...historically recorded as living some 2,000 years before this writing, is God incarnate, of human birth, fully God and fully human, and that by being one with God, Jesus has demonstrated once and forever that all people are likewise Children of God, being spiritually made in God's image.
That the Holy Spirit is God making known God's love and interest to all people. The Holy Spirit is God, available to and working through all who are willing to place their welfare in God's keeping.
Every person is justified by grace to God through faith in Jesus Christ.
The story of MCC begins with one man, defrocked by his Pentecostal church for homosexuality and recovering from a suicide attempt, who dared to believe God's promise of love and justice for all people. The Reverend Elder Troy Perry, then twenty seven, received a call from God to found a church that affirmed gay men, lesbians and all other outcasts. UFMCC was born a few months later on October 6, 1968, when the Reverend Perry led eleven men and one woman in the first worship service of what was to become Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles, California. Foreshadowing the diversity that was to flower in the next decades, the congregation that morning encompassed people of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish backgrounds, including one person of color (a Latino), one Jew, and one heterosexual couple. In the following decades, the Reverend Perry received innumerable human rights awards as he guided MCC to growth and maturity.
All people - gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual-are invited to new life through the liberating gospel of Jesus Christ in the Metropolitan Community Churches. MCC puts its faith into action by creating a global community of healing and reconciliation, and by confronting the injustices of homophobia, sexism, racism and poverty through Christian social action.
In 2005, The Rev. Nancy Wilson was elected Moderator of the Board of Elders, replacing the retiring Rev. Elder Perry. With her election MCC became one of the few denominations in the world led by a woman. Rev. Elder Wilson brings a strong sense of leadership and compassion to her ministry and has poised MCC to be a movement that remains vital and relevant to the 21st century.
Since its founding in 1968, MCC has grown into a denomination of approximately 250 churches in 22 countries throughout the world. While some metropolitan areas in the United States may host multiple MCC congregations, in many small communities, the Metropolitan Community Church is often the only local lesbian and gay-oriented organization.