Wednesday, February 28, 2007

MCCph: Philippine Gay Church

MCC PHILIPPINES is one of the Metropolitan Community Churches all over the world affiliated with the UNIVERSAL FELLOWSHIP OF METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCHES (UFMCC), founded in 1968, a year before the New York’s Stonewall Riots, a series of most unlikely events in Southern California resulted in the birth of the world’s first church group with a primary, positive ministry to gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender persons.Those events - a failed relationship, an attempted suicide, a reconnection with God, an unexpected prophecy, and the birth of a dream - led to MCC’s first worship service: a gathering of 12 people in Rev. Troy Perry’s living room in Huntington Park, California. And that first worship service in a Los Angeles suburb in 1968 launched the international movement of Metropolitan Community Churches, which today has grown to 43,000 members and adherents in almost 300 congregations in 22 countries. During the past 36 years, MCC’s prophetic witness has forever changed the face of Christianity and helped to fuel the international struggle for GLBT rights and equality.



MCC PHILIPPINES is the first MCC in Asia, established in September 7, 1991. We are proud of it as it gives us the vision of MCC spreading God’s love to the rest of our Asian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender brothers and sisters. Like all other MCC churches in their ethnic origin, MCC PHILIPPINES is an inclusive fellowship for all and especially for the Filipino gays and lesbians. Since 1991, it has become a spiritual and social center for the local gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender communities, through its special outreach to homosexuals and to other sexually oriented minorities. Many have found a new meaning to their sexuality and realized the inseparability of it from their spirituality. Its services has been avail of by Catholic priests, nuns and by Protestant pastors. It is a haven to all Christians where Catholic and Protestant worship together and found a common bond in the Gospel of God’s unconditional love.

Compassion is at the heart of every Metropolitan Community Church. Christian love is embodied through ministry among the sick, the bereaved, the broken-hearted, the poor, the oppressed, and all who suffer. Health and wholeness of the spirit, mind and body are fostered through a variety of support group and other church activities for individuals, couples and families. Since its founding, UFMCC has conducted Holy Union ceremonies as a way to celebrate and bless the joining of same-sex couples. UFMCC has been on the forefront of developing networks to provide education, care, comfort and hope for HIV-infected people in many local communities. At the national and international levels, UFMCC has been a public policy advocate for a health care system that serves everyone, and has published a variety of resources on ministry among people with AIDS.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

Support Group, a venue for socio-psychological growth for both members and friends of the church.

Friday Night Socials, making the bond among members stronger through fun-filled and inspiring activities.

Bible Study for spiritual nourishment through the scriptures for growth in wisdom and knowledge of the Word of God.

Rite of Holy Union / Holy Matrimony, the spiritual joining of two persons.

Rite of Laying Of Hands, a prayer for the healing of the sick in mind, body and spirit.

Rite of Blessing for persons, thing, property and relationship

Schedule of Activities:



The X Marks the Spot




SUNDAY WORSHIP CELEBRATION @ 4:00 PM

THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY @ 9:00 PM

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE @ 9:00 PM

Contact:

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BRO. REGEN LUNA
Interim Pastoral Leader - Moderator
Email: mccpilipinas@yahoo.com.ph
Mobilephone: (+63)920-738-3778
Telephone: (63)(046)851-15-76

BRO. JED YUMANG
Board Member, Vice Moderator
EMAIL: jedtiu@yahoo.com
MOBILE:(+63)918-726-75-57

BRO. ALLAN DIAZ
Board Member, Secretary
EMAIL:pinocchio_r2k@yahoo.com
MOBILE:(+63)915-8790757


BRO. ELMER MADOLID
Board Member, Treasurer
EMAIL:aquadegio2@yahoo.com
MOBILE:(63) 917-8563326

BRO. JOEY VENTAYEN
Board Member, Lay Delegate
EMAIL:joeymccph2004@yahoo.com
MOBILE:(+63) 918-2970705

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For more details, please log on to their website at www.mccph.wordpress.com
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Personal Note:

I am personally attending MCC, it help me to strengthen my faith more and learned more what truly God feels about the LGBT community. It is also in MCCph that I have found in myself the personal acceptance of who I really am and eventually lead the way for my friends and family accept and better understand me. Blessing us all with the enlighthenment of God's Wisdom.

So, I hope you guys can share the experience, I guarantee that it is worth it to know what truly behind what the Bible and God feels about People Like Us.

1 comment:

chino said...

i believe that before God created man and woman.. God created love.. kaya I DETEST the notion that 'God hates gays'.. BOO!.. LOL