PULSE Memorial Service
Monday, June 12
Pikes Peak MCC
Community members are joining Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) in a global virtual memorial service June 12, to commemorate the 49 victims of the deadliest act of violence against the LGBTQ+ community in U.S. history.
Join with both our global and local community at Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church on Monday, June 12 at 5 pm MST to participate in both the virtual and a face-to-face memorial service. All are welcome. We will commemorate the victims and recommit to acts of compassion and justice.
“It is MCC’s calling to be the leading voice of love over hate, particularly at critical points in history. MCC preaches God’s message to celebrate diversity across cultures and ethnicities. As the victims of the Pulse shooting are remembered, we commit to acts of compassion and justice. We strive to resist structures that oppress people and speak boldly on behalf of those in the margins,” said Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, MCC Global Interim Moderator. “I commend each clergyperson, each individual, who pauses on the first anniversary of Pulse so that our community can respond in prayer and with hope to influence our future.”
June 12, 2016, the sanctuary of Pulse, a popular gay bar in Orlando, Florida, USA, was shattered when a gunman came in near 2:00 am and started shooting, killing 49 people and wounding 53 others. It was the deadliest incident of violence against LGBTQ+ people in U.S. history, surpassing the fire at the Upstairs Lounge in 1973 that killed 32 people.
In addition to being a bar that catered to the LGBTQ+ community, Saturday night at Pulse was Latin night, with a variety of different kinds of Latin dance music played and attracting Latinx queer and straight people from across the region. This shooting was an attack clearly targeting LGBTQ+ people of color. It was an event that rocked the entire world as the effects of hate and violence evoked responses of shock and disbelief, then turning to actions of compassion and solidarity.
Founded in 1968, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, economics, climate change, aging, and global human rights. MCC was the first to perform same gender marriages and has been on the forefront of the struggle towards marriage equality in the USA and other countries worldwide. MCC recognizes a state of need around the world in the areas of human rights and justice. As people of faith, MCC endeavors to build bridges that liberate and unite voices of sacred defiance. MCC leads from the margins and transforms.
We are excited to have Rev. E. Francisco Danielsen-Morales, Ph.D. preach for us on Sunday, June 4 at our 10 am worship service. He will be preaching about the theme for the church retreat with his sermon, “Find Your Place and You Will Find Your Voice.”
About Rev. E. Francisco Danielsen-Morales, Ph.D.
The Rev. Edgard Francisco Danielsen-Morales, Ph.D. is the Assistant Pastor for Congregational Life at Metropolitan Community Church of New York. In this position his responsibilities cover a wide range of activities: from religious education to life development programs; from spiritual direction to preaching; from Bible queer reading and interpretation to lay leadership training, theological writing, as well as the usual responsibilities of pastors.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, E. Francisco’s spiritual journey began in the American Baptist and Disciples of Christ (Charismatic) traditions. Because of his sexual orientation, his church stripped him of his lay ministry, and any future possibility of entering the ordination process.
On his vocational journey, E. Francisco has been blessed with a wide array of experiences in leadership positions. In the academic world, he held a tenured position as Full Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico for 16 years, as well as 6 years as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. In religious settings, he has served as pastor in two different MCC, and previous to that had 4 years of work with the National Ecumenical Movement of Puerto Rico, and 3 years with Reencuentro, the first theological reflection group for and by GLBTQ people in Puerto Rico. The experience with these religious organizations opened his eyes to the ecumenical and interfaith world, its challenges and promise. In 1996 E. Francisco found his spiritual home in Metropolitan Community Churches where he reclaimed his call to the pastoral ministry. He was ordained in 2002 and began his pastoral work at ICM Cristo Sanador in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
After being called by MCC NY in 2004, he left behind his home church, and his position as a tenured Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, and moved to New York City where he currently lives.
We are gathering for two Saturday mornings, May 20 and 27, from 10 am – Noon to make rainbow bracelets. We will give them away at PPMCC’s booth at Colorado Springs Pridefest in July. Join us either or both Saturdays for fun and crafting!