This is an interesting question and one I have never thought of before. The short answer to the question is ‘YES’, MCC does welcome LGBTQ+ people in ALL of our churches. Metropolitan Community Church was started by a gay Pentecostal preacher in 1968 in Los Angeles, California. It began as a Christian church with an intentional outreach to the LGBTQ+ community. In its early days, the “Q+” was not spoken about or even heard of. As the world evolved, MCC also evolved. We began to embrace all parts of people’s sexual identity.
We continue to welcome not only LGBTQ+ people but others who want to be in an inclusive environment. Because sexual orientation is not an issue in our churches, we are able to celebrate and worship God in a safe and authentic way. This allows us to come together and be who God created us to be.
Over the years, MCC has grown into a global denomination. In churches around the world we celebrate the many ways we worship. In MCC you do not have to worry about whether the church is affirming of your sexuality, gender, or the way you chose to present yourself in the world. We continue to welcome not only LGBTQ+ people but others who want to be in an inclusive environment. Because sexual orientation is not an issue in our churches, we are able to celebrate and worship God in a safe and authentic way. This allows us to come together and be who God created us to be.
Since we believe in following the teachings of Christ, everyone is welcomed at the table. We were made in the image of God and MCC’s all around the world accept, embrace, and celebrate this truth in every worship service, unapologetically. I am grateful for MCC and the many lives that have been saved due to its existence.
ABOUT THIS MCC AUTHOR: Rev. Wanda Floyd has been working on staff since 2017 as the Emerging Church and MCC Communities Co-Ordinator. Her main focus is to work with individuals and/or groups who want to become a part of MCC. Before coming on staff, she served in the roles of associate pastor, interim pastor and founding pastor of Imani MCC in Durham, North Carolina, USA. She began her journey with MCC in 1987 at St. Johns MCC in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. While a member there she served as the lay delegate for the church. On the denominational level, she served on the commission of Faith, Fellowship and Order (now the Theologies Team), Women’s Secretariat, Laity Task Force and chair of our Regional Moderator Team when regions were in existence. Read More