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Evangelical, Pastor, Gay, Out... What Now?

http://therumpus.net/2010/07/evangelical-pastor-gay-out-what-now/Hello Transform Friends,A few weeks back a former student of mine contacted me asking if I'd agree to an intense interview about my "coming out" story, and that he was asked to submit an article at "The Rumpus," an online magazine out of San Francisco, CA. I agreed, and the article can be accessed at the link I posted above.Kyle Minor, is now a…See More
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Evangelical, Pastor, Gay, Out... What Now?

http://therumpus.net/2010/07/evangelical-pastor-gay-out-what-now/Hello Transform Friends,A few weeks back a former student of mine contacted me asking if I'd agree to an intense interview about my "coming out" story, and that he was asked to submit an article at "The Rumpus," an online magazine out of San Francisco, CA. I agreed, and the article can be accessed at the link I posted above.This student, Kyle Minor, is…See More
Aug 4, 2010
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TransFORM: East Coast Gathering at Wesley Theological Seminary

April 30, 2010 at 8am to May 2, 2010 at 1pm
FORMING MISSIONAL COMMUNITIESWe are gathering missional practitioners on the East Coast to learn from each other and to mobilize others for forming new missional communities.Whether you’re a pastor, prospective "church planter," or simply interested in finding out more about transformational missional communities of practice, this gathering is designed to inspire and equip you to go and do likewise!SPEAKERS/WORKSHOP FACILITATORS:…See More
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U.S. Mid-Atlantic

This is a place for folks for folks roughly in the mid-Atlantic region of the US (defined as broadly as we want) to meet, get to know one another, and share hopes, dreams, stories, and practical advice on forming and nurturing missional communities.
Nov 21, 2009
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Visual Artists, Musicians, Creative Writers, etc.

One of my operating assumptions about missional communities is that they allow space for creative types to breathe... or to allow the Spirit's breathing through them. This group is for all self-identified artists to connect, & maybe collaborate.See More
Nov 21, 2009
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Outlaw Preachers

The Outlaw Preachers is a community of grace addicts and Jesus lovers. On twitter you can find us at #outlawpreachers
Nov 21, 2009
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Queermergent

An Emergent Safe House for the LGBTQ Community, Allies, and All Interested People Seeking Understanding.
Nov 21, 2009
Greg McCaw replied to Jan Edmiston's discussion Position in DC Area
"Hello Jan, please take a look at my profile and blog here, and, if I seem like someone your congregation might be interested in speaking with, please let me know. Blessings... Greg"
Nov 21, 2009
Greg McCaw replied to John O'Hara's discussion Inviting misisonal community developers
"Hello John, just filled out and interest card and visited your website. I pastored out in Exeter, CA, just south of Fresno, from October 2002 to October 2004. Check out my profile here, please... Greg"
Nov 21, 2009
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"hey Greg, thanks for joining TransFORM! Whenever you get down to Charlotte we'll have a lot to talk about."
Nov 7, 2009
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Nov 6, 2009

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Are you part of an existing church/faith community?
Yes
If yes, what is the name/website of your church/faith community?
Emergent Wilmington, www.facebook.com/emergentwilmington / www.emergentvillage.org
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www.facebook.com/emergentgreg
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emergentgreg

Greetings Faith Friends!

In January of 2008, Dean Lackey (also here on this site), and myself, established Emergent Wilmington here in Wilmington, North Carolina, by meeting together every Thursday at 8 AM at Port City Java. Today that group has grown and continues to meet weekly, now at Jester's Java.

There are now also two other weekly groups, each in homes, one meets on Tuesday evenings, the other on Wednesday evenings. All total we have about 75 persons who meet from time to time with us, including many area pastors, and have a strong contingent of participants from the LGBT community here. Regular weekly attendance is probably about 35 persons.

We are planning to begin offering monthly large combined gatherings for worship and community beginning at Advent in just a few weeks.

A little about myself: Born and raised in a nearly exclusively pastoral leadership family within the Wesleyan/Holiness tradition (Church of God, Anderson, IN), my father, grandfather, 3 uncles and 8 cousins, are all current pastors or national leaders in that tradition, having served in positions including Chair of the General Assembly (North America), President of Church Extension (North America), Vice-President of Anderson University (main institution of higher learning), Dean of Anderson University School of Theology (main Seminary), Dean of the Chapel at Anderson University, one was pastor of what at one time was the largest congregation, and one is now the pastor of what is close to our largest congregation.

I present this information to provide a contrast as to my more recent experience. I too pastored in this tradition for over 25 years, specializing in Leadership Development, Youth and Worship, and in fact personally mentored a substantial number of current pastors and leaders in the Church of God, and many who are serving other traditions. At one time I was counted among the most influential worship leaders in the tradition, having brought significant progress to the overall worship experience within the tradition. As a gifted vocalist, early on I was privileged to begin singing and recording with major Christian artists who originate from the Church of God, such as Bill & Gloria Gaither and Sandi Patty, as well as many others from other traditions.

White working toward my Master of Divinity at Anderson University, in 2000, I was challenged spiritually, emotionally and intellectually to go the final mile toward full authenticity. A key element of this challenge came when Dr. Stan Grenz came to be a guest lecturer that year. I went to every seminar, presentation and discussion group he led that week. I bought a few of his books and then some that he recommended, and devoured them as if I'd only just been introduced to the mission of Jesus for the very first time, even though I had already pastored for over 15 years. I was introduced to the many reasons I had felt so restless over the years, and I was introduced to the phenomenon of emergence.

Along with my experience that year, I felt it was time to deal with a life-long hidden struggle between my faith and my deepest self, my reality. With the help of a wonderful professor I located an excellent therapist who assisted me in the process of coming to terms with myself as a gay man. I went on to continue pastoring churches over the next three years while remaining in therapy and finally developing a complete peace with my orientation. In December of 2005, I resigned as a pastor, and in June of 2006 I came out to my family and to the entire Church of God. Even though my credentials have never been formally stripped, it was generally understood that my leadership was no longer needed within the Church of God, and my credentials were simply not renewed after 2007.

I sold Audi automobiles for 2 years, then pastored a small congregation of the Metropolitan Community Churches here in Wilmington for a year and a half. The church suffered through the recession, so I resigned as pastor. I still attend and volunteer leadership there, but, took the opportunity to build something I had been dreaming of since that experience with Dr. Grenz, then attending the Emergent Conferences in San Diego 2 years and Nashville 1 year, and numerous other experiences over the past 9 years, not to mention all of the reading and study! Emergent Wilmington was born.

To be honest with everyone, I have not been able to find steady employment for over a year now. My resume is loaded with Christian ministry experience, except for the 2 years with Audi, and I've found the few employers who are hiring from time to time unwilling to consider me. I've been making it, somehow, by God's grace, on odds jobs and weddings, and singing, etc., for over a year, but am honestly suffering economically. Still my faith is sound and I love what I am able to offer to my communities of faith. Your prayers are much desired and needed.

I am grateful to the Emergent community for offering and open, safe and embracing space for ALL of God's family. I welcome community with all of you... Greg McCaw

Greg McCaw's Blog

"Rich Christians In An Age of Hunger!"

Posted on November 21, 2009 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

Dear Friends,



I have recently been re-reading Dr. Ron Sider's seminal book, "Rich Christians In An Age of Hunger," in its most recent updated publication, 1999.



This is a life-changing, and challenging, book to read. I have become convinced that world hunger, both in and outside of the United States is indeed the human cause dearest to the heart of God. Yes, certainly there are others nearly as important, general poverty, world-wide disease, fair trade, human rights.… Continue

Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

Posted on November 20, 2009 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

I have been enjoying, for a second time, Ken Burns' amazing documentary series, "The Civil War." While watching one of the final episodes today, Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address was read. I was once again moved deeply, and reminded of why this great and unassuming leader is among my fondest heroes.



His very re-election a great triumph against all odds, and the very war itself nearing end in great triumph for the forces of the Union under his command, he addresses the… Continue

Must LGBT, or Intersex, Persons Be Celibate to Be Christian?

Posted on November 19, 2009 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

This note is from my response to a question Tony Jones, among my favorite authors/bloggers/theologians from within Emergence Christianity, asked on his blog in August 2009. Tony has dedicated a significant portion of his blogging recently to the issue of LGBT and intersex issues and the Church. His question was mainly addressed to persons within the anti-"other" fundamentalist/literalist Christian camp, and, as he expected, he got much of the same old thoughtless, loveless jargon. So, I… Continue

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At 12:33am on November 7, 2009, Steve K. said…
hey Greg, thanks for joining TransFORM! Whenever you get down to Charlotte we'll have a lot to talk about.

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