|There will be no service at the Portslade URC on 27th July.
Our Pride service will be at the Brighthelm Center instead.
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- MCC Moderator on the front line!
The following is an MCC Press release. I thought you might like to see what our Moderator is doing for the LGBTQ community in America. I’m so proud that the moderator of our denomination is on the front line!
“We Dare Not Confuse Sincere Prejudice with Sincere Religion”
MCC global moderator to witness signing of presidential executive orders with NO added exemptions
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson is the Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), which has ministries in over 40 countries. Dr. Wilson was part of the first LGBT faith delegation to meet with U.S. White House staff in 1979, and she served as a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson has been invited to the White House to witness President Barack Obama sign two executive orders. The first will add sexual orientation and gender identity to the 1965 Lyndon Johnson executive order which banned discrimination based on race, religion, gender, or nationality in hiring by federal contractors. The second order adds gender identity to the list of protected classes of federal workers and was first signed by President Richard Nixon, who added disability and age. President Clinton added sexual orientation, and President Obama adds gender identity.
“We are thrilled that President Obama will sign executive orders to include sexual orientation and gender identity within Federal policies of non-discrimination. It is even more historic because no sweeping religious exemptions sponsored by conservatives will be added,” said the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, global moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC). “Using religious exemptions as a smokescreen for discrimination is the kind of persecution the First Amendment to the Constitution helps us to avoid,” said Dr. Wilson. “Everyone loves religious liberty, but we dare not confuse sincere prejudice with sincere religion. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people know that exemption from the law is a dangerous by-product of religious bigotry, not religious liberty.”
“MCC stands with all people of good will to support President Obama in this historic action,” said Dr. Wilson. “It is a deep honor to represent Metropolitan Community Churches at the signing event. While these executive orders will add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes for federal contractors and workers, we will not rest until Congress passes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) with no religious exemptions so all Americans will be hired and fired based on their work and integrity rather than their gender identity or whom they love.”
“We know that conservatives will continue to market their prejudices under the guise of religious freedom, but we will not let their brand of judgmental Christianity be the only voice of faithful Christians that the public hears. We are LGBT and straight people of faith together who know that we are created in the image of God,” said Dr. Wilson. “We categorically reject the disastrous religious dogma that God wants Christians to hate some people.
Monday (Every Monday) 7:00pm – 9:00pm Young adults group at Andrew and Sj’s home in Newhaven. For more details speak to Pastoral Support team member Andrew Ramage on 07905 537618
Tuesday July 15th Worship 7:00pm. The Artist’s Way 7:30pm – 8:30pm. Explore your creative side in this intensive and deeply spiritual course.Please read chapter 10 in preparation.
July 27th 6pm at the Brighthelm centre. Pride service, with the Hove actually Gay Women’s Chorus, Aneesa Chaudrey, and the Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus. August 23rd, Picnic with pet blessing at Stanmore Park, (arranged by Julie) .
September 13th. Meditation and Prayer afternoon (arranged by Andrew at Andrew and Sj’s home)