41 years is not a long time in the arc of Christian history.
Yet, much has happened in the years since October 6, 1968, when the Rev. Troy D. Perry gathered 12 folks in his living room in the pink house in Huntington Park, CA for the first service of what would become the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches.
On a recording of Troy preaching a couple of years later, he said, “God moved that day.”
God has been moving ever since.
By 1972, there were 28 MCC churches. Today, there are about 250.
The founders thought it was a big deal when MCC jumped the border into Canada. Now, MCC leads the human rights efforts for LGBTQ folks in Romania, Jamaica, Malaysia, and engages homophobia on all seven continents.
When Troy showed up and said “Yes!” to God’s desire for justice and love in the church, the world moved. Leaders of many denominations might not want to admit it, but Troy Perry and MCC have forever changed, and continue to change, the faith.
Thank you, Troy, and thank you, God.