Sermon delivered by Rev Elder Nancy Wilson at King of Peace MCC St. Petersburg, Florida on June 24, 2007
If you know your MCC history, you know that from the very beginning, almost 40 years ago, Rev. Troy Perry, preached a three part gospel in MCC the gospel of Salvation, the gospel of Community and the gospel of Christian Social Action.
From the earliest days of MCC, Rev. Perry was involved in fighting for civil and human rights, especially for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The first time he was arrested for civil disobedience was in 1969 -- and the Board of MCC Los Angeles was so terrified, they fired him! Then the congregation became angry – they supported Rev. Perry's activism – so in turn, they fired the Board! And at that very tumultuous congregational meeting, the 29-year-old Pastor Perry asked the congregation to re-instate the members of the Board, as "we are all in a learning process; and we need to forgive and move on!"
Rev. Perry later became involved in AIDS activism, and he's been a strong opponent of the death penalty, especially in the racist and classist ways it has been implemented in the U.S.