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    Rev. Nancy Wilson to Lead Predominantly Gay Metropolitan Community Churches: Wilson Will Succeed MCC s Founder, Human Rights Activist Rev. Troy D. Perry April
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      Rev. Nancy Wilson to Lead Predominantly Gay Metropolitan Community
      Churches: Wilson Will Succeed MCC's Founder, Human Rights Activist
      Rev. Troy D. Perry

      April 26, 2005 -- West Hollywood, CA - Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, a
      longtime leader in the predominantly gay Metropolitan Community
      Churches (MCC), has been nominated to become the next Moderator of the
      MCC denomination.

      Upon her election at MCC's General Conference in Calgary, Canada in
      July, she will succeed the Rev. Troy D. Perry, MCC's Founder and
      current Moderator.

      Wilson has enjoyed a distinguished ministry within Metropolitan
      Community Churches. In 1976, she became the youngest person ever
      elected to the MCC Board of Elders, serving as an Elder since that
      time.

      Wilson, who attended Boston University School of Theology with a
      Rockefeller Fellowship, also holds an M.Div. from SS. Cyril and
      Methodius Seminary, served as Vice-Moderator of MCC during 1993-2003
      and has pastored MCC
      congregations in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, and California.

      Wilson has a long commitment to ecumenical work and human rights.
      During 1979-1999, she served as MCC's Chief Ecumenical Officer,
      representing MCC at the National Council of Churches and the World
      Council of Churches. In 1987, she represented MCC as an ecumenical
      observer at the Bilateral Dialogue of the Roman Catholic and Lutheran
      Churches in Columbia, South Carolina, where she met Cardinal Joseph
      Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI.

      She has also been active on behalf of HIV issues, prisoner treatment
      programs, and women's rights. She is the founder of the MCC Conference
      for Women in Professional Ministry.

      In 1979, she participated in the first-ever meeting of gay and lesbian
      religious leaders at the U.S. White House during the Carter
      Administration.

      Rev. Wilson was the Guest Preacher at the Earl Lectures at Pacific
      School of Religion (Berkeley, California, January 2002) and has been a
      guest speaker at Harvard Divinity School, Vanderbilt Divinity School,
      Allegheny College, Claremont School of Theology, and the University of
      Southern California.

      Rev. Wilson resides with her partner of 27 years, Dr. Paula
      Schoenwether. They both actively work for same-sex marriage equality.

      Prior to beginning her MCC ministry, Rev. Wilson was active in the
      United Methodist Church.

      Installation Services for the new MCC Moderator will take place at
      Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC, on October 29, 2005.


      Founded in 1968, MCC is a Christian denomination with more than 43,000
      members in 23 countries and a primary, affirming ministry to gay,
      lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith. Additional
      information on Metropolitan Community Churches is available on-line at
      www.MCCchurch.org.



      For Additional Information, Contact:
      Jim Birkitt
      MCC Communications Department
      8704 Santa Monica Boulevard
      West Hollywood, CA 90069
      Tel. (310) 360-8640, Ext. 226
      Fax: (310) 360-8680
      E-Mail: info@...
      Web: www.MCCchurch.org
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