Join us for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the MCC denomination!
In 1968, Rev. Troy Perry felt called to offer a place for gay people to worship God freely. Perry put an advertisement in The Advocate announcing a worship service designed for gays in Los Angeles. Twelve people turned up on October 6, 1968 for the first service, after which Rev. Perry quipped that “Nine were my friends who came to console me and to laugh, and three came as a result of the ad.” After six weeks of services in his living room, the congregation shifted within several months to a women’s club, an auditorium, a church, and finally to a theater that could hold 600. In 1971, their own building was dedicated with over a thousand members in attendance.
Being outspoken has caused several MCC buildings to be targeted for arson, including the original Mother Church in Los Angeles. Rev. Perry’s theology has been described as conservative, but social action was a high priority from the beginning of the establishment of the denomination.
MCC has more than 200 congregations (affiliated, emerging and oasis churches) in 33 countries.