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Rev. Elder Nancy L. Wilson
(1950 - living) U.S.A.

Nancy Wilson

Senior pastor

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Nancy has been a part of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches since 1972 when, at age 22 and in her third week of seminary at Boston University School of Theology, she became associate pastor of MCC Boston. Her journey as a pastor and leader with MCC covers the period of the development of feminism, gay rights and the period of devastating losses of lives to HIV/AIDS.

She has served as pastor of MCC in Boston, Detroit and Los Angeles and is presently at Church of the Trinity MCC in Sarasota, Florida. In addition, she served as Northeast District Coordinator, as Elder since 1976, as Clerk of the Board of Elders for ten years and as Vice-Moderator of UFMCC for ten years. She was UFMCC's first Chief Ecumenical Officer, a post she held for 20 years. She represented MCC at the National Council of Churches, at the World Council of Churches and at interfaith organizations.

Her passions in ministry include building multicultural congregations and mentoring leadership that is diverse and sensitive to issues of race and culture. She co-founded Free Spirit MCC, a prison ministry at the California Institute for Women in Frontera, California

Rev. Wilson is the author of Our Tribe: Queer Folks, God, Jesus and the Bible and, with Rev. Malcom Boyd, of Amazing Grace. Her poems and prayers are included in Race and Prayer edited by Malcom Boyd and Chester Talton.

A popular preacher and speaker, she was honored with the first Lazarus Award from the Presbyterian Church, Pacific Synod. She was invited to preach at the Earl Lectures at Pacific School of Religion in January, 2002. Together with the UFMCC Moderator, she represented the denomination to Pope John Paul II's worship with Protestant and Orthodox churches in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1988.

Nancy was a member of a group of lesbians in Los Angeles in White Women Against Racism during the early 1980's. She was founder of the Progressive Religious Alliance in Los Angeles and worked in many political campaigns in Los Angeles for civil and human rights, such as The Coalition Against the Death Penalty. She was co-founder of the Lesbian and Gay Interfaith Clergy Association in Los Angeles and partnered with Bienestar (Latina/o AIDS organization), St. Odelia's Roman Catholic Church and others, for common ministry and mission.

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Source: The LGBT Religious Archives Network - http://www.lgbtran.org/Pioneers.asp

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