WJD? Receives Headlines in Lagos!
Homosexuals Begin Convention In Lagos Today
By Yinka Sokunbi Assistant Editor
Hundreds of homosexuals from across West Africa and Europe are expected to gather in Lagos today for a two-day celebration commemorating the second anniversary of the House of Rainbow Metropolitan Community Church.
Besides, the homosexuals have floated a university, where prospective students are expected to undergo some “industrial attachment.”
Reverend Roland Macaulay, a trained lawyer and theologian on September 2, 2006, founded House of Rainbow Metropolitan Community Church.
It is an offshoot of the Universal Fellowship of the Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC), which was established in the 1960s for homosexuals around the world.
Read the full posting here.
Dallas/Fort Worth (TX) Coalition Formed!
On January 22, we received the news that the Dallas/Fort Worth area MCC churches have formed a coalition to engage in the Would Jesus Discriminate? Campaign!
Rev. Colleen Darraugh, of MCC of Greater Dallas, says, “We are excited to be working together to bring the Would Jesus Discriminate campaign to the DFW area. The Steering Committee will be comprised of 2 representatives each from MCC of Greater Dallas, Agape MCC, Promise MCC, Trinity MCC and Harvest MCC.”
Welcome to the campaign DFW-area MCCs!
First MCC Denomination-Led Multi-Church/Org Campaign Call
First WJD? Campaign Call
Would Jesus Discriminate? Program Leaders within MCC (incl. campaign creator Rev. Dr. Cindi Love) facilitated the first multi-church WJD? Campaign conference call. The call brought together 19 individuals representing local churches, organizations and denominational representatives to view the campaign with a national focus on the potential impact.
- To extend an offer by Gentle Shepherd MCC in Phoenix, AZ for other churches to participate in a roll-out of the Would Jesus Discriminate? Campaign on Super Bowl Sunday.
- To discuss alternative start dates for a nation-wide effort for MCC churches and other partnering organizations
Overview of the Goals of the Campaign and Progress to Date
Inform, Invite, Engage and Involve Congregants in a campaign that:
(1) Moves them from the pews to ambassador roles in the community or, at minimum, moves them into support of those who are active ambassadors for the campaign (increasing the number of participants in the core of the congregation as well as the broader membership)
(2) Offers new opportunities for spiritual formation and activism
(3) Energizes and connects them
(4) Encourages discernment about discrimination in which they may engage (intentionally or not)
(5) Offers a simple, yet effective way to position the perspective and voting power of LGBTQ people of faith in election periods
(6) Identifies them as members of a vibrant and powerful church with a prophetic voice in a local community
(7) Allows them to invite sponsors and other partner organizations to join with the church in the campaign
(8) Opens the doors of the church to people who have never been to an event at the church (Town Hall, movie showings, dine-out events, etc.)
Results of the call – October 31, 2007
• The participants suggested the 40th anniversary of MCC. The majority are planning to do something special and want to link these celebrations to the denomination.
• The timing would work to educate and engage congregations, to raise money and still have election impact.
Watch for updates regarding this multi-church/organization effort!