Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches
   The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) grew out of the experience of its founder, Troy D. Perry (b. 1940), as a homosexual man in the Protestant church. Licensed as a Baptist preacher, Perry was drawn to Pentecostalism and became an evangelist for the Church of God (Cleveland,Tennessee). He later married, but an early homosexual encounter led to his dismissal from the church. He became a member of the Church of God of Prophecy, and worked as a pastor in southern California.
   over the next few years, he came to accept his homosexuality, ended his marriage, and left the Church of God of Prophecy. In 1968, following a period of reflection on his call to the ministry and his sexual orientation, he began a church serving the homosexual community in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Community Church, the first congregation of what would soon be a new denomination. The movement would enjoy great success as the gay movement developed through the 1970s. The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches emerged in 1974.
   The church adopted a simple statement of beliefs drawn from the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds, which places it squarely in the Protestant theological tradition. It affirms the Trinity, the Bible as the word of God, the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ, and justification by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The church believes that the Bible does not condemn homosexual relationships, and that God is accepting of them. The church has been open to liberation theology and feminist approaches to the Bible, and advocates reading the Bible from the perspective of oppressed gay and lesbian people.
   The MCC has seen itself as a safe haven for those rejected by other religious communities, especially those who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). It works for LGBT rights and opposes homophobia. MCC developed a massive response to HIV/AIDS, promoting education and assistance for HIV-affected people across the United States and around the world.
   The fellowship's headquarters are in West Hollywood, California. It currently has some 40,000 members in 300 congregations in 18 countries. It is ecumenically oriented, though its attempts to join the National Council of Churches have been rebuffed. The fellowship is the largest of more than a dozen gay-affirming denominations, most others being limited to a few congregations.
   Further reading:
   AIDS: Is It God's Judgment? A Christian View of Faith, Hope and Love from Metropolitan Community Church (Los Angeles: Metropolitan Community Church, n.d.), 6-page leaflet; Troy D. Perry, Don't Be Afraid Anymore (New York: St. Martin's, 1990); , The Lord Is My Shepherd and He Knows I'm Gay: The Autobiography of the Reverend Troy D. Perry (Los Angeles: Nash, 1972)
   ■ ----, with Thomas L. P. Swicegood, Profiles in Gay and Lesbian Courage (New York: St. Martin's, 1991)
   ■ Nancy Wilson, Our Tribe: Queer Folks, God, Jesus, and the Bible (San Francisco, Calif.: Harper San Francisco, 1995).

Encyclopedia of Protestantism. . 2005.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Metropolitan Community Church — The Metropolitan Community Church logo in front of the altar at a regional conference of the denomination at All God s Children MCC in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Classification Protestant Orientation Mainline …   Wikipedia

  • Metropolitan Community Church in East London — Infobox MCC Congregation | name = Metropolitan Community Church in East London motto= founded=1993 pastor=VACANT lay delegate= Keith membership= worship= Sunday 17:30 free label = free text = location = London, England information =… …   Wikipedia

  • Metropolitan Community Church — Abendmahl Taufe Die Metropolitan Community Church, kurz MCC (v …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Metropolitan Community Church London — (MCC London) was the first Metropolitan Community Church congregation in Europe and the first one chartered out of the United States.[1] The congregation was founded in 1973 as Fellowship of Christ the Liberator and soon after affiliated with MCC …   Wikipedia

  • Cathedral of Hope (Dallas) — The Cathedral of Hope is a predominantly LGBT congregation located in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas, Texas (USA). The Cathedral claims to be the world s largest liberal Christian church with a primary outreach to lesbian, gay, bisexual and… …   Wikipedia

  • Ordination of LGBT Christian clergy — Part of a series on LGBT topics and Christianity Christianity and homosexuality Christianity and transgenderism History of Christianity and homosexuality The Bible and homosexuality Queer theology Blessing of same sex unions Ordination of LGBT… …   Wikipedia

  • Blessing of same-sex unions in Christian churches — The blessing of same sex unions is currently an issue about which some Christian Churches are at present in disagreement with other Christian churches. These disagreements are primarily centered on the interpretation of various scripture passages …   Wikipedia

  • Homosexuality and the Churches — ▪ 1994 Introduction by Martin E. Marty       Sexuality, always a troubling issue in religion, has become the centre of controversy in American religious bodies in recent decades. Whereas struggles over civil rights, protest over the Vietnam war,… …   Universalium

  • New England Institute of Religious Research — Organization logo Abbreviation NEIRR Formation 1991 Location …   Wikipedia

  • Pacific School of Religion — is an ecumenical seminary located in Berkeley, California. It maintains covenantal relationships with the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church and the Disciples of Christ, providing all necessary expectations for candidates to… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”