An Open Letter to Metropolitan Community Churches Leadership in Support of Rev. Elder Darlene Garner
On August 23, 2017, the Interim Moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, informed MCC senior staff member Rev. Elder Darlene Garner that 1) her office would be closed in one week, 2) she use September 2017 to transition her work, 3) she would be placed on sabbatical until the end of the year, and her employment with MCC would end on December 31. The Interim Moderator also stated that she wanted Rev. Elder Darlene Garner to sign a formal separation agreement by September 1.

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner has continued to insist on finding a sensible and amicable resolution with MCC. After more than 41 years of commitment to the MCC core values of inclusion, community, spiritual transformation, and justice, Rev. Elder Darlene Garner continues to be open and willing to manage these issues through pre-litigation mediation. Unfortunately, after 3 months of mostly silence from MCC, no agreement has been reached since Rev Elder Darlene Garner's initial correspondence in early September, which aimed to resolve the disputed separation agreement with MCC leadership. Rev. Elder Darlene Garner is a 69-year-old African-American woman who has been a recognized spiritual leader within and representing MCC for 24 years, 41 years as a member of MCC and was initially planning to retire December 2018.

On November 29, 2017, friends of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) shared an open letter in support of Rev. Elder Darlene Garner with the leadership of the Metropolitan Community Churches. Complete the form below to add your name to this open letter.

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