On Saturday evening, some of us at NLMCC joined MCCers around the world to participate in a live webinar with LGBT theologian Chris Glaser. It was wonderful to see all the different names and church congregations logging in. People could type in comments and questions to Chris, which he responded to, just as though we were all in the room together. If we had wanted Chris Glaser to come to Newcastle, it would have cost us hundreds of pounds. Yet we were able to participate in this time of retreat and reflection completely free. Chris will also provide the resources that we will use for our Advent groups in December.
Recently I was contacted by the MCC department which deals with starting new churches – The Office of Emerging Ministries. Northern Lights MCC has been invited to be the Sponsor Church for a new church starting in Brighton – The Village MCC. The Board has agreed to this request, which means that we will provide resources to Reverend Michael Hydes and the congregation, such as help with developing worship and policy documents. Each month, we send a percentage of our income to the denomination to contribute to our ministries worldwide. Some of this money will now go instead to The Valley MCC to help it grow and develop. For me, it is wonderful to be part of a worldwide denomination, sharing our faith, sharing our resources, changing the world.