50 Years of MCC

In 1968, Rev. Troy Perry felt called to offer a place for gay people to worship God freely.

Rev. 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 a theater that could hold 600 people. Today, MCC has more than 200 congregations (affiliated, emerging and oasis churches) in 33 countries.

It is directly because of the work of MCC that governments around the world have changed their laws to protect LGBTQ2S+ individuals in their homes, public spaces and the work-place. The global tide of equal marriage rights has roots on the shores of our church communities, and MCC Toronto held the world’s first legal same-sex weddings in 2001. During the AIDS crisis, our churches were safe havens for those affected by the disease. Our volunteers went to people’s homes to show compassion, attend to their needs and create an environment where the sick could die with dignity. When our world needs unconditional love and radical inclusivity, MCC is here to answer the call.