Metropolitan Community Church is compelled by an unfinished calling and a prophetic destiny. We are a global movement of spiritually and sexually diverse people who are fully awake to God’s enduring love. Following the example of Jesus and empowered by the Spirit, we seek to build leading-edge church communities that demand, proclaim, and do justice in the world.
Metropolitan Community Church proclaims and practices a spirituality that is anchored in the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ and confronts the issues of our volatile, uncertain, and complex world. We are called to develop and equip leaders, congregations, and ministries that foster spiritual growth, do the work of justice, act with compassion, and integrate sexuality and spirituality We will do this through offering high-value training, local church support and resourcing, cutting edge theological exploration, and expanding partnerships.
The first Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) was founded by Rev Troy D. Perry in 1968 in Los Angeles, CA (USA). Read more about the history of MCC here.
Here’s a great, short video about Rev. Elder Troy Perry done just a few years ago by MSNBC:
MCC’s Core Values
Love is our greatest moral value and resisting exclusion is a primary focus of our ministry. We want to continue to be conduits of faith where everyone is included in the family of God and where all parts of our being are welcomed at God’s table.
Offering a safe and open community for people to worship, learn, and grow in their faith is our deep desire. We are committed to equipping ourselves and each other to do the work that God has called us to do in the world.
Providing a message of liberation from the oppressive religious environment of our day or to those experiencing God for the first time is what guides our ministry. We believe that when people are invited to experience God through the life and ministry of Christ, lives will be transformed.
Working to talk less and do more, we are committed to resisting the structures that oppress people and standing with those who suffer under the weight of oppressive systems, being guided always by our commitment to Global Human Rights.
The Center for Progressive Christianity
The Center for Progressive Christianity provides guiding ideas, networking opportunities, and resources for progressive churches, organizations, individuals and others with connections to Christianity. The CPC promotes an understanding of Christian practice and teaching that leads to a greater concern for the way people treat each other than for the way people express their beliefs, the acceptance of all people, and a respect for other religious traditions.
They affirm the variety and depth of human experience and the richness of each persons’ search for meaning, and they encourage the use of sound scholarship, critical inquiry, and all intellectual powers to understand the presence of God in human life.
The CPC is opposed to any exclusive dogma that limits the search for truth and free inquiry, and they encourage work that eases the pain, suffering and degradation inherent in many of the structures of society, as well as work that keeps central to the Christian life fair, open, peaceful, and loving treatment of all human beings.
Our congregation affirms “The 8 Points” that the CPC developed to define what we mean when we call ourselves “Progressive Christians.”
Westside CARES unites religious fellowships of the west side of Colorado Springs in care and compassion for those in need. The shared mission of our 22-church coalition is to serve our neighbors in need with the love and support we receive from our member churches as well as the greater community.
After many years of education and relationship building, Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church was welcomed into Westside CARES membership in 2009. However, Westside CARES has a long and powerful history…
El Paso County has owned the land that is now Bear Creek Park, located at 21st Street and Gold Camp Road, since 1899. The El Paso County Poor Farm was dedicated in 1900, as a place for members of society who couldn’t care for themselves. The Poor Farm operated into the 1970s, but in its later years, functioned as a temporary shelter in a partnership with the El Paso County Department of Social Services. It closed its doors in 1984, and was demolished. Its residents were suddenly thrust into the wider community. A number of the churches of the west side of Colorado Springs came together to help these neighbors in need. At the end of this process, right around Thanksgiving, members of these churches gathered Bethany Lutheran Church with a Thanksgiving worship service, followed by a pie social. The shared work and worship moved the people so much so that they decided to form a more permanent relationship. And Westside CARES was born.
Westside CARES was originally staffed solely by volunteers and was housed within the Billie Spielman Center of Pikes Peak Community Action Agency. In 1993, the organization, moved into the basement of Bethany Baptist Church. Over the years, the volunteer staff has grown to over 390 volunteers, and the paid staff has grown as well. Programs and Services have changed and grown as well. Despite all of these expansions, our focus has remained on uniting people of faith in service to our neighbors in need.