Message from the community: Milwaukee’s oldest LGBTQI + organization celebrates milestone anniversary
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Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church is the oldest existing LGBTQI + organization in Wisconsin. And this weekend, the church is celebrating 50 years of ministry in the Greater Milwaukee area.
“Our church continues to be a vibrant, inclusive and progressive faith community,” said Senior Minister Reverend Tory V. Topjian. “Under the aegis of Metropolitan Churches around the world, we are the first faith community in the world to provide a welcoming, safe, secure and loving environment for ALL of God’s children here in the Greater Milwaukee area, regardless of either how one identifies their race, gender or sexuality.
“A night of cabaret” benefit gala
The Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church is hosting its annual anniversary fundraiser, “A Night of Cabaret,” to bring the community together for a good time around a great cause. This year, the celebration will start at 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 20 at the SKYY Lounge at American Family Field.
“Our gala is a fun night of entertainment from the best drag queens in town, wonderful cabaret style dining, a cash bar and a must-see silent auction with awesome items available,” said Reverend Topjian .
Proceeds from the gala are used to fund ministries and church programs that include key issues such as:
- HIV / AIDS education and support
- Transgender support
- Support for homeless LGBT youth
- LGBT organizational partnerships
- Prison awareness
“We also provide outreach services to the Greater Milwaukee community by bringing the inclusive love of God to ALL individuals, regardless of race, gender or gender identity,” said Reverend Topjian.
Worship celebration and brunch
The party and the praise continue with the 50th anniversary worship celebration taking place on Sunday, November 21 at 10 a.m. also in the SKYY Lounge at American Family Field. After worship, guests can take part in a Sunday brunch in the SKYY Lounge with the Packers game while guests dine and enjoy the fellowship.
“It will be a morning full of celebration and praise in honor of our leaders of the past as well as our leaders of the future,” said Rev. Topjian. “Our special guest birthday preacher will be the Reverend Roland Stringfellow, Senior Minister of the Metropolitan Community Church in Detroit.”
For more information on this historic celebration – including live media coverage of the events – please contact Reverend Topjian by calling (414) 383-1100 or emailing [email protected] Tickets, sponsorship information and the full weekend program are available online at https://milwaukeemcc.org.
About the Milwaukee MCC
The Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church has a long tradition of welcoming those seeking a spiritual place where they can feel welcomed and accepted. We hope that as you worship with us, you will find an environment of loving hospitality and Christian love within our community of faith. As a loving and inclusive Christian faith community, we serve the diverse religious population of the Greater Milwaukee area and beyond.
Metropolitan Community Church is a denomination founded in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in 1968. As a member of this international denomination known worldwide as the Church of Human Rights, we work to “ tear down the walls’ of injustice and oppression.
Churches in the metropolitan community originally began to provide a place of worship for LGBTQI + people, who were either rejected or oppressed by their religious tradition. However, today we are a vibrant, inclusive and progressive (VIP) faith community that welcomes EVERYBODY, with a unique appeal to the LGBTQI + community. Our worship is a mixture of many traditions and styles. You will find a variety of music, scriptures, prayers and communion (Holy Eucharist) that is offered at each worship service. You will also find that our worship is not very formal or ritualistic, but rather provides a relaxed, open and inviting worship environment.
We believe that God created us as we are and God loves us as we are. We celebrate the diversity of God’s creation and work for the inclusion and acceptance of ALL of God’s people in church and community life.