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. Having recently celebrated its 40th birthday, MCC Melbourne has been actively supporting the LGBTIQ community in this city and state for decades.
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 for Young Adults promoting both spiritual growth and social inclusion. 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 aims to actively involve all in the community. Services are 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, Words AIDS Day and Intersex Awareness Day, amongst others. For many people MCC Melbourne is ‘family’.