What We Believe
MCC CORE VALUES
Love is our greatest moral value and resisting exclusion is a primary focus of our ministry. We want to continue to be conduits of faith where everyone is included in the family of God and where all parts of our being are welcomed at God’s table.
Offering a safe and open community for people to worship, learn, and grow in their faith is our deep desire. We are committed to equipping ourselves and each other to do the work that God has called us to do in the world.
Providing a message of liberation from the oppressive religious environment of our day or to those experiencing God for the first time is what guides our ministry. We believe that when people are invited to experience God through the life and ministry of Christ, lives will be transformed.
Working to talk less and do more, we are committed to resisting the structures that oppress people and standing with those who suffer under the weight of oppressive systems, being guided always by our commitment to Global Human Rights.
MCC VISION STATEMENT
Metropolitan Community Church is compelled by an unfinished calling and a prophetic destiny. We are a global movement of spiritually and sexually diverse people who are fully awake to God’s enduring love. Following the example of Jesus and empowered by the Spirit, we seek to build leading-edge church communities that demand, proclaim, and do justice in the world.
MCC MISSION STATEMENT
Be MCC: Transforming ourselves as we transform the world.
Metropolitan Community Church proclaims and practices a spirituality that is anchored in the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ and confronts the issues of our volatile, uncertain, and complex world.
We are called to develop and equip leaders, congregations, and ministries that foster spiritual growth, do the work of justice, act with compassion, and integrate sexuality and spirituality.
We will do this through offering high-value training, local church support and resourcing, cutting edge theological exploration, and expanding partnerships.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
MCC’s Statement of Faith has an accompanying Companion Guide that was created at its inception. Both (available from our resource bank) are meant to be a part of an ongoing openness to conversation within MCC about our faith and beliefs. MCC has long been an umbrella under which people from many different theological perspectives have found a home. We hope that the words you find here, which have been carefully and prayerfully chosen, will foster conversations which will lead us to the growing edges each of us has theologically and personally. We believe that when we are open to those possibilities, the Holy Spirit will lead us to new and exciting places in our experience of the Divine.
In the history of Christianity, statements of faith have often taken on the form of a document created for external use—a list of propositions presented to the world. They often include long explanations, citing scriptural references and the teachings of earlier Christian writers or the founders of a particular tradition.
This simple offering, is ours:
As adopted at General Conference XXVI, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Adopted: 05 July 2016
Added to MCC Core Documents: 05 July 2016
Metropolitan Community Churches is one chapter in the story of the Church, the Body of Christ. We are people on a journey, learning to live into our spirituality, while affirming our bodies, our genders, our sexualities. We don’t all believe exactly the same things. And yet in the midst of our diversity, we build community, grounded in God’s radically inclusive love for all people. We are part of an ongoing conversation on matters of belief and faith, shaped by scripture and the historic creeds, building on those who have come before us. Our chapter begins when God says to us: “Come, taste, and see.”
“Come, taste, and see.” Jesus Christ, You invite all people to Your open table. You make us Your people, a beloved community. You restore the joy of our relationship with God, even in the midst of loneliness, despair, and degradation. We are each unique and we all belong, a priesthood of all believers. Baptized and filled with Your Holy Spirit, You empower us to be Your healing presence in a hurting world.
We expect to see Your reign on earth as it is in heaven as we work toward a world where everyone has enough, wars cease, and all creation lives in harmony. We affirm Your charge to all of humanity to care for the land, sea, and air. Therefore, we will actively resist systems and structures which are destroying Your creation.
With all of creation we worship You—every tribe, every language, every people, every nation. We know You by many names, Triune God, beyond comprehension, revealed to us in Jesus Christ, who invites us to the feast.
Companion Guide to the Statement of Faith
The Companion Guide to MCC’s Statement of Faith will give the reader insight into each part of the Statement, the Statement of Faith Commission’s research into MCC’s history and theology, and a listing of influential works. Click the button below to view the Companion Guide in MCC’s Resource Bank.