History of Metropolitan Community Churches
The story of MCC begins with one man, defrocked by his Pentecostal church for homosexuality and recovering from a suicide attempt, who dared to believe God's promise of love and justice for all people.
The Reverend Troy Perry, then twenty-seven, received a call from God to found a church that affirmed gay men, lesbians and all other outcasts. UFMCC was born a few months later on October 6, 1968, when the Reverend Perry led eleven men and one woman in the first worship service of what was to become Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles, California (currently pastored by Rev. Neil Thomas and now part of the MCC complex in West Hollywood, CA). Foreshadowing the diversity that was to flower in the next decades, the congregation that morning encompassed people of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish backgrounds, including one person of color (a Latino), one Jew, and one heterosexual couple. In the following decades, the Reverend Perry received innumerable human rights awards as he guided MCC to growth and maturity.
In 1968, before the Stonewall Riots and the Christopher Street Parades, the Reverend Troy Perry founded Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles to serve the spiritual needs of gay and lesbian people. His action was revolutionary -- and transformational. For nearly thirty-seven years, Metropolitan Community Churches have stood in the face of adversity serving as a safe haven for those rejected by other religious communities and becoming an essential, life-affirming link in the chain of lesbian and gay identity and affiliation. Local Metropolitan Community churches have been the birthplace of dozens of different gay and lesbian organizations and projects across the world, and has played a vital role in the development of the global gay and lesbian community.
All people - gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual -are invited to new life through the liberating gospel of Jesus Christ in the Metropolitan Community Churches. MCC puts its faith into action by creating a global community of healing and reconciliation, and by confronting the injustices of homophobia, sexism, racism and poverty through Christian social action.
Since its founding in 1968, MCC has grown into a denomination of approximately 300 churches in 18 countries throughout the world. Worldwide membership surpassed 40,000 in early 2000. In many small communities, the Metropolitan Community Church is the only local lesbian and gay-oriented organization.