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A Brief History of Metropolitan Community Churches


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. His action was revolutionary and transformational.


Since that time, Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches has stood in the face of adversity serving as a safe haven for those rejected by other religious communities and becoming an essential, life-affirming link in the chain of lesbian and gay identity and affiliation. Local Metropolitan Community churches have been the birthplace of dozens of different gay and lesbian organizations and projects across the world, and have played a vital role in the development of the global gay and lesbian community.


We are now a denomination of 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.



MCC Statement of Faith Preamble
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 and faith, shaped by scripture and historic creeds, building on those who have come before us.  Our chapter begins when God says to us: "Come taste and see."
Our Faith
"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.  Amen.
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