January 2019 is here and as such it is a time which causes us to reflect on all 2018 has taken from and given to us, and show gratitude for those things and persons who have made this year memorable. A few of our staff members have taken the time to share their 2018 reflections below.
2018 has been a year of continued uncertainty in the realm of politics globally, provincially and municipally. Unfortunately, much of that uncertainty has been directed at LGBTQ2+ people, especially Trans* folks. Yet, through it all, I live in hope because I’ve witnessed racism, transphobia, and homophobia being shut down. Now, more than ever, the gospel of inclusion that we share here at MCC Toronto is needed.
– Rev. Jeff Rock
It is hard to believe we are at the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019. With every ending there is a beginning. As we end 2018 I am so grateful for the many ways we have built community together. As we begin 2019 I am hopeful and excited about our journey ahead. You all are such a blessing to MCC Toronto and I am grateful for each of you. Happy New Year.
– Rev. Andrew Holmes
I only have to look at social media to see that a lot of folks are super eager to have put 2018 behind them (as if I didn’t know that already!) Clearly, it was a difficult year for many people. But even with all of the challenges, I am still gratefully aware of the incredible outpouring of grace that has happened in and around MCC Toronto. Friendships made, spirituality strengthened and, the love of God breaking into our lives in the toughest times. So, for 2019 – MORE GRACE!
-Rev Deana Dudley
Every year marks a new beginning. 2018 was historical in so many ways. 2019 is guaranteed to be just as exciting!
– Shelly Morris
I feel very hopeful with what 2019 will bring to my life personally and to our Refugee Ministry. We’ve worked really hard to envision a program that continues to expand the work of supporting and advocating for LGBTQ refugees from around the world. I’m very grateful to MCC Toronto for all the continued support and encouragement and look forward to discovering what we will be able to accomplish together in the new year.
– Aleks Dughman-Manzur