Don't forget Troy Perry and the MCC
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Heather wonders why no one mentions Troy Perry.
Funny that Reverend Troy Perry has gotten so little copy in the last couple of months. And I have seen nothing in the press about Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) ... Rev Troy Perry started the church a year before Stonewall, back in 1968 and its grown to 300 churches in 22 countries. This church was an outreach by and for the queer community (GLBT).
I haven't thought about Troy Perry or the MCC in ages. Here in the part of North Carolina known as research Triangle Park the church with the larget number of gay members is Episcopal. Here in Durham itself it is a United Methodist church. There are MCC branches, very small and I don't know anyone who goes to them.
Three hundred churches isn't many I'm afraid. I suspect many gay Christians who grew up in a denomination that was liberal or has grown so tend to graviate to the church of their childhood.
There's no denying the historical importance of Perry and the Metropolitan Community church. I remember when the MCC was often the only church an openly gay man or woman could worship in. The increasing acceptance of gay people by some mainstream churches has diminished the MCC's role in the queer community.
A good thing? Probably, there shouldn't need to be gay only (and I know the MCC wasn't literally that but it was often in practice) churches than there are white only water fountains.
Gay marriage is currently focused on politics, not churches. When (if?) the dust settles I don't think Perry will be forgotten by those of us who care about the roots of the gay liberation movement.