All Church Retreat June 2-4

DOORWAYS 

Our lives are filled with doorways, or opportunities, and each one offers us a different path. We can decide to cross each threshold or not. These doorways can open us to the movement of the Holy in our lives. How do we decide what to do: Go through the doorway? Close the door? Turn away from the door? Join us for a weekend of reflection and conversation about listening for and responding to God’s presence in our lives. 

Holy gates are everywhere… Culture and organized religion conspire to trick us into believing that entrances to holiness are only at predictable times and prearranged places… Entrances to holiness are everywhere and all the time.  [Rabbi Lawrence Kushner]

Friday evening June 2 – Sunday morning June 4, 2017

John Wesley Ranch in Divide, Colorado

Retreat Leader: Rev. Dr. Edgard Francisco Danielsen-Morales

$120 per person (scholarships available upon request)

Register today!

The annual church retreat is an opportunity to slow down and enjoy a weekend in the mountains. There will be facilitated sessions and worship, as well free time to relax, nap, hike, go fishing, walk the labyrinth, or join a pick-up game of football. Meals are included. Semi-private rooms (with two beds) are avaliable for an additional fee on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

Fill out and turn in your retreat registration form today!

The Rev. Dr. Edgard Francisco Danielsen-Morales 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, Edgard 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, Edgard 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 MCCs, 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 Edgard 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 on 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.

Book Study: “Convictions” by Marcus J. Borg

This Book Group will meet on the first and third Saturdays of the month. The next meeting will be on Saturday, May 6 at 10 am at Einstein’s Bagels (2848 N. Powers Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80922). 

On the occasion of his seventieth birthdy, the renowned scholar Marcus J. Borg shares how he formed his bedrock religious beliefs. He believes that Christians in America are at their best when they focus on hope and transformation and seeks to show how we can return to what really matters most. 

The result is a manifesto for all progressive Christians who seek a path for following Jesus in the 21st century. With each chapter embodying a distinct conviction, Borg writes provocatively and compellingly on the beliefs that can deeply ground and guide us. 

These include: God is real AND a mystery, salvation is more about this life than an afterlife, the Bible can be true without being literally true, Jesus’ death on the cross matters–but not because he paid for our sins, God is passionate about justice and poverty, and to love God is to love LIKE God. 

Join us even if you haven’t been before! All are welcome. Meeting is free. Please contact Jim Hawkins for any questions you have or for more information.

Glitter Ash Wednesday at Pikes Peak MCC

Pikes Peak MCC will participate in the national #GlitterAshWednesday movement on March 1, 2017.

#GlitterAshWednesday

Pikes Peak MCC will participate in #GlitterAshWednesday on Wednesday, March 1.  Rev. Alycia Erickson, Pastor of Pikes Peak MCC, said, “We will participate in this national movement as a way to witness to hope, even in very challenging times, by marking our bodies with blended symbols of mortality and resurrection.”

Pro-LGBTQ Christians across the country will “come out” on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017, as part of #GlitterAshWednesday, announced today by the Rev. Marian Edmonds Allen, executive director of Parity, one of the lead organizers of the new initiative.

“Ash Wednesday is a day when Christians are highly visible,” the Rev. Edmonds Allen said. “Glitter Ash Wednesday will demonstrate that LGBTQ Christians and our allies are passionate about our faith, and about seeking justice and wholeness for LGBTQ communities and other marginalized people.”

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day season of self-reflection and preparation for Easter. The imposition of ashes on the forehead, a traditional practice that “marks” Christians with the sign of the cross, takes place in Christian churches and communities worldwide, as well as in parks, commuter rail stations and other public spaces. Participants in #GlitterAshWednesday will receive ashes mixed with purple glitter, combining a traditional symbol of repentance with a message of solidarity.

The Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, Interim Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches, said: “MCC is a proud partner with Parity in queering Ash Wednesday, through glitter ashes and any other way that LGBTQ+ people choose to be present and visible during the holy season of Lent. Glitter ashes represent a call to deeply consider longheld traditions and ways that we mark our bodies as present and visible. In this season, we will shimmer in the presence of our Creator.”

How can I participate?

The church will be open for the imposition of ashes, prayer and meditation from 7:30 am – 7 pm. Anyone may stop by to receive Glitter or regular ashes during those hours.

Pikes Peak MCC will also have an Ash Wednesday worship service at 7 pm.

News Stories about Glitter Ash Wednesday:

USA Today: “‘Glitter Ash Wednesday’ hopes to sparkle for LGBT Christians, supporters”

Religion News Service: “Glitter Ash Wednesday’ sparkles for LGBT Christians and others”