MCC Has A Future
MCC Bylaws Article V.E.2 states: "b. DISCIPLINE OF THE MODERATOR: Complaints about the Moderator must be
submitted to the Governing Board in written form and must be signed by a
minimum of one (1) member of the clergy from each of ten (10) different churches
and by the Lay Delegates representing the majority of the Lay Delegate votes from
each of ten (10) different churches, and may be initiated by either the clergy or Lay
Delegates. The Governing Board shall establish and publish its procedure for
considering complaints about the Moderator."
We MCC Clergy and Lay Delegates call upon the Governors to both follow their legal responsibility according Article V.E.2.b and act on item 6 below. Furthermore, we request in the same spirit the governors consider and act on items 1-5 to avoid a constitutional crisis wherein the bylaws do not speak to how we as a body might otherwise resolve this crisis and begin to heal our Fellowship and rebuild trust.
We support the 5 Elders in their letter requesting the following:
1. The Governing Board request support from MCC members who are experts in finance and accounting to advise and give direction on necessary and immediate measures to rectify any potentially illegal actions and to establish a stable course forward.
2. The Special General Conference be postponed, and a clear and unabashed presentation of funds and accounts be presented, documenting verifiable financial information.
3. The Council of Elders develop a pastoral support plan for MCC staff and the denomination in general as we move through the present crisis.
4. Volunteers be identified who can work with denominational leadership in repairing trust and rebuilding a sense of community.
5. All proposals for staff terminations be thoroughly and honesty reviewed to insure no one is terminated for “whistle blowing.”
6. The Governing Board rescind the appointment of the current Interim Moderator, and in conjunction with the Council of Elders consider the formation of a Leadership Team to serve in the place of Interim Moderator until the General Conference can duly elect a new Moderator.