MCC Celebrates #BiWeek

17-24 September 2017

by Rev. Martha Daniels

 

It's #BiWeek, it's international, and MCC is joining in!

 

MCC is proud to celebrate our bisexual, pansexual, queer and fluid members and clergy. The often overlooked, erased, or denied "B" in LGBT, BI/Pan members and clergy are out and active in new ways and numbers. More and more, young people are declining the historic labels, choosing identities such as "queer," "pansexual," or "gender fluid" in recognition of the non-binary nature of their gender, affection, and attraction. Bisexual, pansexual, and queer individuals join in an identity of capability of affection and attraction all over the gender spectrum. They are non-binary, in spite of the name, and many have come to see that spectrum in their spirituality as well.

As part of a worldwide movement embracing the joining of spirituality and sexuality, MCC welcomes the celebration of all that we are created to be, including our sexuality.

 

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Rev. Martha Daniels, Holy Covenant MCC 

Brookfield, Illinois, USA 

 

"I'm proud of the name bi/pansexual, because it truly names all of who I am, and who I am capable of loving. MCC is accepting of that name and identity as a denomination, has been willing to grow to take that in, and this week, is celebrating it. God, too, is non-binary, both and neither male nor female, and MCC has been part of my coming to that understanding of God. I am proud to #bipanMCC!"

 

Join us this #BiWeek as we celebrate the many ways God has made us good by including a hashtag in your tweets or Facebook posts:

 

 

Join us this #BiWeek as we celebrate the many ways God has made us good by including a hashtag in your tweets or Facebook posts:

 

#BiMCC

#BiPanMCC

#BiAllyMCC

#BiPanAllyMCC

 

and by using the bi and pan colors or flags:

 

Bisexual Flag

 

Pansexual Flag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Information:

It is thought that bisexual people make up more than 40 percent of the LGBT community (http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/06/13/a-survey-of-lgbt-americans/) , but media, the mainstream, and even LGBT groups often erase their experiences and specific needs or fold them into lesbian and gay programs and statistics. BiNet USA (www.binetusa.org), Bisexual Resource Center (www.bisource.net), GLAAD and other organizations helped organize the first ever Bisexual Awareness Week in hope that it would be a step toward making more space for the B in LGBT.

 

Many resources are available, including "Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities" by Marie Alford-Harkey, and "Blessed Bi Spirit: Bisexual People of Faith," edited by Debra R. Kolodny, and others through the organizations listed above.

 

MCC's resource page on bisexuality is:

http://mccchurch.org/resources/racial-reconciliation-docs/bisexuality/

 

 

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"Being Bi/pan in the LGBTQIA whatever community means often being invisible. Being married to a straight man often results in comments and second looks - yes really it is possible to be part of MCC, to be queer or Bi and to have fallen in love with someone of the opposite gender. I am proud to be Bi, to be out and open in every aspect of my life, and especially in MCC. #biMCC"

S-J Ramage

Vice Chair 

UFMCC Governing Board 

member of MCC Brighton, UK

 

 

"Ever since I had an understanding of a divine presence in my life which I call God, I have internally known God was not any one gender or sexual orientation or race or any human label that is given despite hearing  many labels that people wanted me and my God to fit. When I discovered MCC as a college student, I was for the first time in a place where God did not have to have a label and it didn't matter if I didn't choose one aspect of God but all. This is the message I believe we as Bisexual and Pan people can bring. Focus on the being or person rather than all the labels and recognize that gender or sexuality or orientation are not meant to be single labels but fluid descriptions of the unique beings we all are."

 

Holly B. from Holy Covenant, MCC Brookfield, Illinois, USA

 

 

 

 

 


Founded in 1968, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, economics, climate change, aging, and global human rights. MCC was the first to perform same gender marriages and has been on the forefront of the struggle towards marriage equality in the USA and other countries worldwide. MCC recognizes a state of need around the world in the areas of human rights and justice including but not limited to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community. As people of faith, MCC endeavors to build bridges that liberate and unite voices of sacred defiance. MCC leads from the margins and transforms.