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  • Love Wins: a traveller reflects on Pride in Toronto

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    This series of letters, Love Wins, comes to us from Bruce Walker, a human rights advocate, gay man and retired lawyer who served the LGBTQ community in Toronto for many years. Bruce is an avid traveller who is passionate about the fight for equal human rights, everywhere. You can read more of Bruce’s travel adventures on his website. June

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  • Pride 2015 Highlights

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      Pride 2015 brought lots of great media attention to MCC Toronto! Click any of the links below to read the stories, see the photos and watch the videos! June 24 CBC News: Does Pride need to get more political? Read the great article on their website and don’t miss the amazing archival video from

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  • A Historic Day for Love and Equality

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    Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, C.M., calls for all Canadians to join our American sisters and brothers to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favour of same-sex marriages.

  • About this year’s COP Grant Recipients

    Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention Black CAP is highly focused on supporting the needs of LGBTQ newcomers from Africa and the Caribbean, and has been a leader in Toronto’s HIV movement for more than 25 years. Over the past year Black CAP has, among many other accomplishments, provided services and supports to 391 individual clients

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  • Volunteer for Church on Church 2015

    Welcome and Usher folks to their seats! What does it entail? • We ask that volunteers arrive at 9:45am and we will do a brief training at 10:00am to help orientate you to the space and what is going on. • 10:30-11:00am usher guests to their seats as folks begin to arrive • During the

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  • Anniversary Sunday 2015 Annual Awards

    Awards & Medals On July 17, 2016, we will celebrate MCC Toronto’s 43nd anniversary! Every year on our anniversary, we bestow several awards for outstanding contributions made my MCC Toronto folks. The Beloved Disciple Award is given for long-term distinguished service to the church; the Community Service Award is given to remarkable people who have

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  • Ontario should ban ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBTQ youth

    Everyone should write their MPPs and urge them to support a bill aimed at prohibiting ‘conversion therapy’ for youth. By: Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, C.M. Published on Tue Mar 31 2015 in The Toronto Star I have a good friend and colleague who, as a teen, was sent for conversion therapy and neuro-psychiatric treatment

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  • Statement from Rev. Dr. Hawkes on Bill C-279

    Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, led by senior pastor Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, C.M., is the spiritual home to a diverse and progressive community of faith, rooted in the teachings and spiritual practices of Christianity. We believe in a relevant and forward-thinking spirituality and are proud to be a congregation serving people with assorted beliefs,

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  • Toronto City Council Blessed

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    We’re here today at what I consider to be the epicentre – the epicentre of the protection of (Canadian) values – and I mean this very church. – Toronto mayor John Tory. On Sunday, February 22, 2015, MCC Toronto hosted a special interfaith gathering to bless the new Toronto city council. Many faith leaders from

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  • The Search for the Next Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches

    Who will lead the MCC? In July 2016, clergy and lay delegates of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) from around the world will elect the next Moderator of the MCC at General Conference XXVI in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. In preparation for the election, the MCC Moderator Nominating Committee (MNC) is actively soliciting, recruiting, screening, evaluating,

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  • Citrus Drive

    Get your vitamin C and help your church at the same time. Check out our Citrus Drive! You can buy bulk citrus fruit and pick it up at the church, or you can donate your purchase to the food bank and receive a tax receipt! Use the form here to order.

  • Wanted – A Grow Lamp

    Calling all gardeners At last week’s talk, where we began planning to get a City garden plot, we decided it would be fun to start planting seeds ahead of the planting season. This would save us money, and also ensures that what we grow is organic. How can you help? Do YOU have an unused

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  • What Does MCC Toronto Mean To Me?

    Last Sunday, Brent asked folks to respond on our Connection Cards to the question “What does MCC Toronto mean to you?” We were really pleased with how many of you responded, and especially with the responses you offered! Our staff created a “Wordle” from the response; a wordle is word art – a visual depiction

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  • Employment Opportunity

    Communications and Marketing Team Leader Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto (MCC Toronto) has an extraordinary opportunity for a communications professional with a proven track record of building communications in ways that connect and engage diverse people and forms of communication. The candidate has an interest in social justice issues and serving in a progressive spiritual

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  • Success Story from our Refugee Program

    MCC Toronto’s refugee ministry is a strong beacon of hope to so many in Canada and around the world. We receive dozens of requests monthly for sponsorship from overseas. We have assisted almost 980 refugee claimants since our ministry began in 2006. Our church is in the process of sponsoring five LGBT individuals to Canada

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  • Congregational Update

    From the November 25, 2014 MCC Toronto Board of Directors meeting: As part of our commitment to more regular, transparent and timely communication with the Congregation, we want to highlight some of our recent activities. We meet bi-monthly and will provide you with the key points arising from our meetings. In addition, on our church

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  • A Note of Thanks from TREAT

    November 26, 2014 To all of our friends and family at MCC Toronto, We at the Transgender Resource, Education, and Action Team (T.R.E.A.T) extend our grateful thanks for your support and generosity during the Purple Ribbon Campaign, Trans* Awareness month and Trans* Day Of Remembrance. With your help, we distributed over five hundred buttons and

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  • My Last Memory of Drew

    by Charmaine Id, Café Connection Team Leader I met Drew in January when I first started making coffee after services in the morning. He would sit still and be very quiet behind this huge boardroom table in the serving area, with buckets of hot soapy water, and I’d be running around getting cups out, and looking for

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  • MCC Toronto Congregant Writes… Re: Bill C-279

    Dear Senator White, I am writing you in regards to Bill C-279, an Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity). I am a heterosexual, educated woman who has had many great opportunities in her life – something I never take for granted. I was born and raised on

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  • An Invitation to Sing on Christmas Eve

    An Invitation to Sing on Christmas Eve with MCC Toronto at Roy Thomson Hall Dear Past, Present or Future Choir Member, As most of you know, Metropolitan Community Church holds a Christmas Eve service at Roy Thomson Hall every year. We are hoping that you will consider joining or re-joining us this year. In 2013,

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  • Thrift Shop News

    The Thrift Shop is located on the balcony of the Social Hall. Most Sundays it is open from 10:30 am to about 1 pm. The merchandise is donated by members of the MCCT congregation and their friends. The Church uses all of the proceeds from sales to buy light bulbs, cleaning supplies and other vital

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  • Bill C-279 Update

    Currently there are several different amendments being talked about for Bill C-279. Any of them will have the same effects, i.e. delaying the bill at best or killing the bill at worst. We will continue to plan our civil disobedience and will be on an alert basis, ready to act based on what comes out

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  • Bill C-279 Update

    Over the last two weeks the Senate Committee has been having hearings on bill C-279. We are encouraged that hearings are happening, however, we are very concerned that problematic amendments will be made requiring it to go back to the House of Commons and thereby delaying or killing the bill should an election be called.

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  • Clergy Appreciation Month

    October is Clergy Appreciation month for churches in North America. We would like to recognize the four amazing people we have here at MCC Toronto who tirelessly provide the spiritual nourishment that is so important to us all: Rev. Jo Bell – CLM Instructor and Student Clergy Supervisor, has been in Toronto since 2004; Rev.

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  • MCC Toronto Board of Directors Congregational Update

    As part of our commitment to more regular, transparent and timely communication with the Congregation we want to highlight some of our recent activities. We meet bi-monthly and will provide you with the key points arising from our meetings. In addition, on our church website, you can find a variety of Board documents, including the

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