48th anniversary of the founding of Metropolitan Community Churches

Today 48 years ago, I found the Metropolitan Community Churches and started on my journey also as a GLBTQ activists. Someone asked me not long ago “how does it feel for you after living to see so much history.” I tell them, how thankful I am that God called me to make a difference and hopefully, help change the lives of the LGBT community for the better. After God told me that I was loved and said, “Troy, I don’t have have step son’s and daughters,” I have never looked back and have tried to live out my life as a happy, healthy, whole member of this world community.

To my American friends, next month we hold one of the most important elections for president of our country that I’ve ever seen.

Years ago when I was the moderator of the MCC, I always stated that “I can not tell you who to vote for, but absolutely I can tell you NOT to vote for!”

I will not be voting for anyone who is a homophobic, misogynist, nationalistic, anti-people who are differently able,or is islamphobic. We don’t need a President of this country who would break the laws of God found in Isaiah 10.
1 Woe to those who make unjust laws,
to those who issue oppressive decrees,
2 to deprive the poor of their rights
and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people,
making widows their prey
and robbing the fatherless.

And neither should you accept someone like that.

VOTE

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General Conference 2016 Photos

For some reason, I always think of an old Pentecostal song, “when we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be!” , when I attend the General Conference of the Metropolitan Community Churches (and I have attended them all in the last 48 years as of October 6th this year). They always show the best of our members. Incredible preachers, incredible singers, incredible speakers, incredible workshops, and usually great business meetings. Our conference held in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada this year for me was like that.

Phillip and I so much enjoyed meeting old friends as well as new people from all over the world that we had never met before at conference. We usually have between 1000 to 1200 delegates at our conferences. This conference was no exception.

I would like to thank Jimmy Nemeth, a member of our church in New York City, for sharing with me some of his photographs as well as giving me permission to use them. I have to pick some of them that I thought you might enjoy and I present them here.

The council of Elders (Bishops) of the Metropolitan Community Churches

The council of Elders (Bishops) of the Metropolitan Community Churches

Praying together.

Praying together.

We received communion together.

We received communion together.

My niece Cheryl Perry Roswell with Mariella Castro (Lt) who received MCC human rights award

We honor people. Here is my niece Cheryl Perry Roswell with Mariella Castro (Lt) who received MCC human rights award. She is the director of Cinisex, the national LGBTQ Organization in Cuba,as well as being a member of the national assembly of the republic of Cuba. She is the director of Cenesex, the national LGBTQ Organization in Cuba,as well as being a member of the national assembly of the republic of Cuba.

A dance choir as part of worship.

A dance choir as part of worship.

Great preaching! Reverend William Knight of Hawaii.

Great preaching! Reverend William Knight of Hawaii.

Phillip, Cheryl and I just enjoying the church service one morning.

Phillip, Cheryl and I just enjoying the church service one morning.

The next General conference will be held in 2019 in Orlando, Florida,USA. God willing, we hope to see all of you there!

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More historical perspective: attacks against LGBT

StoryCorps, the nation’s largest oral history project that records, shares and preserves the stories of everyday people living in America, has posted a podcast discussing attacks against GLBT people – past and present here. Discussion includes the Backstreet shooting, the New Orleans fire and the most recent in Orlando.

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