Twenty-one Ideas for Lent…

Lent is a period of forty days leading up to Easter, starting on Ash Wednesday. It commemorates the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert fasting and praying in order to prepare for his public ministry. For modern Christians, it can also be a time of preparation, when we seek to ready ourselves for living in a world of resurrection, rebirth, and new life. In keeping with this idea, many people will adopt a special spiritual practice for Lent.

In 2010, Lent begins on Wednesday, February 17. Here are some spiritual practices that you might wish to consider for Lent this year: Read more »

I had a Crisis of Faith… and I worked through it

Please click below to see Drew House’s sermon from MCC San Jose’s 2010 Transgender Sermon Series. Drew talks about how his connection with God has helped him reconcile his experiences as a transgender man and a Mormon.

If you’d like to rate this video or make comments on it, here’s a direct link to Drew’s video on YouTube.

Remarks from our former Senior Pastor

For those of you who were not able to be with us on February 7, 2010, here is a video of Rev. Michael Patrick Ellard, explaining why he decided to step down as our senior pastor.

A Message from our Senior Pastor

May the peace of God be with you!

One of my courses in seminary was taught by a minister who was also the pastor of a large, successful church. One day I and my classmates were shocked to learn that our teacher had just announced his resignation from his pastorate. I will never forget what he told us in class that day:

“I love the church, and I enjoy my work as a pastor. Nevertheless, it has become clear to me that I have finished the work that God brought me here to do. I am proud of what the church has been able to accomplish during my time here, and now it is time for me to step aside so that someone new can come in to take the church to the next level.”

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Choosing a New Name as a Sign of Spiritual Maturity

Please click below to watch Rev. Mike Ellard speak on the Christian tradition that those who have reach spiritual maturity are allowed to choose a new name for themselves. This video was recorded during the first Sunday of our 2010 Transgender Sermon Series.

Please click the following link for more information about our 2010 Transgender Sermon Series.

Please click the following link to visit YouTube to rank this video or comment on it.

Human Rights & the National Prayer Breakfast

Some of the coordinators of the National Prayer Breakfast have also been involved in working against LGBT rights in Uganda. Here are two short videos that explain the situation and tell how you can get involved. The first video is in English, the second one is in Spanish.

For more information, please visit the American Prayer Breakfast website.

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