Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches [Canada]
Media Contact: The Rev. Cheryl Meyer, 135 Simpson Ave., Totonto, ON M4K 1A4
The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches is a Christian church which directs a special ministry within, and on behalf of, the gay and lesbian community. Involvement, however, is not exclusively limited to gays and lesbians; U.F.M.C.C. tries to stress its openness to all people and does not call itself a “gay church.”
Founded in 1968 in Los Angeles by the Rev. Troy Perry, the U.F.M.C.C. has over 300 member congregations worldwide. Congregations are in Vancouver, Edmonton, Windsor, London, Toronto, Ottawa (2), Guelph, Fredericton, Winnipeg, Halifax, Barrie and Belleville.
Theologically, the Metropolitan Community Churches stand within the mainstream of Christian doctrine, being “ecumenical” or “interdenominational” in stance (albeit a “denomination” in their own right).
The Metropolitan Community Churches are characterized by their belief that the love of God is a gift, freely offered to all people, regardless of sexual orientation and that no incompatibility exists between human sexuality and the Christian faith.
The Metropolitan Community Churches in Canada were founded in Toronto in 1973 by the Rev. Robert Wolfe.