How MCC began
In 1968, before the Stonewall Riots and the Christopher Street Parades, the Reverend Troy Perry founded Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles to serve the spiritual needs of gay and lesbian people. It started with a few people in his front room. Soon other groups were founded and MCC started to grow.
Who we are now
We are now a demonination of over 300 churches all across the world. In cities large and small, these churches frequently play a pivotal role in their communities advocating for justice and fighting homophobia.
What we believe
MCC has two sacraments, Baptism and Communion, as well as six rites: membership, holy union or matrimony, funeral or memorial service, laying on of hands, blessing and ordination. Today worship styles vary widely amongst MCC churches based on the background of the pastor and the composition of the local community.
The theology of MCC pastors covers the entire spectrum from liberal to consevative, but all agree with modern biblical and theological scholars who find that Scripture does not condemn loving relationships of any type.
The MCC Mission Statement
The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches is a Christian Church founded in and reaching beyond the Gay and Lesbian communities. We embody and proclaim Christian salvation and liberation, Christian inclusivity and community, and Christian social action and justice. We serve among those seeking and celebrating the integration of their spirituality and sexuality.
The MCC Vision Statement
Metropolitan Community Churches are on a bold mission to transform hearts, lives, and history. We are a movement that faithfully proclaims God's inclusive love for all people and proudly bears witness to the holy integration of spirituality and sexuality.