MCC is a global denomination that is a welcoming place for all of God’s people. Founded in 1968, MCC has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, economics, climate change, ageing and global human rights. MCC worldwide has 43,000 members and friends in almost 300 congregations in 22 countries. MCC Melbourne has been actively supporting the LGBTIQ community in this city and state for over 45 years.
Not only are MCC Melbourne church services attended by those in the LGBTIQ Community and their heterosexual allies, but several sub-communities are supported within the congregation. For example, there is a program of Home Groups spread around Melbourne, promoting spiritual growth, social inclusion and fellowship. Additionally, with a large proportion of seniors in the congregation, MCC Melbourne runs specific study groups and social catch ups that are more suited to this group’s needs and interests. Of course, many events are church-wide, which allows those of all ages to study and socialise alongside each other, bonding over things in common and learning from that which makes each person unique.
MCC Melbourne is truly inclusive, even using inclusive language in all services, and we aim to actively involve everyone who wants to be a part of our community. Services are are also provided to those in the LGBTIQ community looking for religious based ceremonies and events, such as christenings, baptisms, civil unions and marriages. Importantly, these services are provided by a community organisation that knows about the importance of inclusion and is acutely aware of the struggle for equality in wider society. MCC Melbourne also has special services for Transgendered Day of Remembrance, Stonewall Celebration, World AIDS Day and Intersex Awareness Day, amongst others. For many people MCC Melbourne is ‘family’.