The Moments that Change Your Life Barb Crabtree Director of Operations My first General Conference was in Phoenix, Arizona, USA in 1991. I had been in MCC three or four years as a member of Open Arms MCC in Rochester, NY, and had heard all about what a wonderful experience General Conference is from my pastor and friends. I had also been to District Conferences and loved meeting friends from other MCC’s in the district, so when I made the decision to go to General Conference I was filled with...Read More
How Do We Make an Inclusive Church More Inclusive?
How Do We Make an Inclusive Church More Inclusive? Rev. Roland Stringfellow Worship Team Leader In 2003, while I was a student at Pacific School of Religion, I was faced with the decision of selecting a denomination to affiliate. I had left the Fundamental Baptist church after 10 years of service in search of a new home. My options at that time were limited as to where I could go as an openly gay preacher. I had considered the United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ, but they d...Read More
Rest, Imagine Siesta
Rest, Imagine Siesta Mike Haase IT Manager It definitely had been an exhausting several days. I left my home and two awesome pit-bull dogs in Minnesota and traveled to Mexico with 20 band members. Our Sunday morning flight was at 4:30 AM. (I am not a morning person!) I was responsible to make sure everyone had arrived to the airport, had their musical instruments, music books, luggage, and other personal belongings. (This is one of the many perks from being the Minister of Music at All ...Read More
All In Lauren Bennett Conference Coordinator On July 1, 2013 during opening worship, Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson brought her brother’s spirit in the room as she recalled his heroism and quiet, humble, leadership as a firefighter with the forestry service. A month before, she and others who loved Dave Wilson gathered for his sudden funeral. At that memorial, someone told a story of a tanker truck that fell off the mountainside and exploded into flames. Dave’s crew assumed the driver w...Read More