Our Upcoming Events
Outdoor Worship At MCC Knoxville
Sundays at 9:00 PM
Location: MCC Knoxville
We all miss gathering in-person although our virtual worship has allowed us to share with people beyond the driving radius of Knoxville. Starting in August, weather permitting (meaning heavy rain), we will TRY to gather in-person, outdoors at 9:00 AM. We will continue to have our Virtual Worship via Zoom each week at 11:00 AM.
To participate in Outdoor Worship at 9:00 AM, please bring your own chair, wear a mask and sit with physical distancing of at least 6 feet. Masks will be worn throughout the service.
Please be prepared that this will NOT be worship like we used to have! There will be no singing, no hugging, no passing the peace or offering plate (although an offering will still be received) and no coffee or food. We WILL be able to be together and see one another and chat before and after service with appropriate distancing.
How To Be An Antiracist Book Study (Virtual)
Wednesdays Through September 30th at 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Facilitated by Mobilizing Love Ministries
This is a four week book study of "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi. Participants are asked to have read at least half of the book before the study begins. This will be a topical study rather than chapter by chapter.
Read or listen to the book
Register to join the discussion on Zoom: https://bit.ly/study2ML
Democracy, Values, and the 2020 Election: A Reflection Guide for Faith Communities (Virtual)
Wednesdays Through September 30th at 12:00 PM Eastern Time
The 2020 elections could not be more significant. The outcome will set the course on climate change. We’re in the midst of a global pandemic, a major recession, and record joblessness. Our nation is in turmoil over police killings that have further exposed the deep inequities and racial injustice in our nation. It’s time for some national soul-searching, and faith communities have an important role to play.
That’s why NCIPL and the North Carolina Council of Churches are hosting an eight-week forum series detailing the important issues facing us this election beginning on August 12th. These events will highlight our multi-issue faith voter reflection guide – Democracy, Values & the 2020 Election: A Reflection Guide for Faith Communities – in addition to featuring expert speakers, and educating attendees on policy/the reality of voting during a pandemic. (https://www.ncchurches.org/voter-guide/)
Register at the links below, and please, spread the word in your communities.
Voting Our Values Forum Sessions - weekly on Wednesdays 12-1pm
- 8/12 Creation Care & Climate Justice
- 8/19 Moral Health Policies
- 8/26 An Economy of Inclusion
- 9/02 Loving Our Immigrant Neighbors
- 9/09 Democracy & Voter Rights
- 9/16 Restorative & Racial Justice
- 9/23 LGBTQ+ Rights
- 9/30 We’re All in This Together/Global Common Good & Peace
Being Grateful In Difficult Times: An Online Journey (Virtual)
Tuesdays September 15th Through October 27th at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (11:00 AM Central / 9:00 AM Pacific / 4:00 PM GMT)
Register in Advance:
Eat your lunch while we watch the video segment together (approx. 30 minutes) then share in reflective conversations. This will be conducted via Zoom.
We all know the joy of a surprise gift, good news, or a great achievement -- all of those things eliciting feelings of gratitude. But these days, full of grief, worry, and uncertainty did not easily nurture a sense of thanks. Indeed, they seem to be gnawing away our hearts and our hopes.
- Explore the definitions and structures of gratitude, and how what we think about gratitude shapes our actions;
- Learn practices of gratitude that open us to new levels of awareness and awakening;
- Discover the power of collective gratitude practices for your community or organization;
- Understand gratitude in relationship to difficult circumstances and injustice; and
- Uncover how gratitude becomes the soil for genuine creativity for individuals and communities.
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have moved to VIRTUAL WORSHIP GATHERINGS on Sunday mornings.
We will NOT be meeting in person indoors at the church at least through October, although we are looking into holding an outdoor, socially distanced 9:00 AM service one Sunday in August (weather permitting). The Board is reevaluating this decision monthly and working to put procedures in place so that we can safely open our doors again.
Visit our Virtual Services page for instructions on how to join us.
Visit our Donations & Support page for ways you can support MCC Knoxville during these unusually challenging times.
A Community of Faith
We come together from a rich variety of religious experiences and denominational backgrounds, seeking to:
- Celebrate God manifested in every single person
- Model Christ and share God’s immutable love
- Be God’s hands, feet, and voice sharing the story of Love
We offer our experience and our love -- we share our stories and our journeys -- to encourage and uplift the transgendered, bisexual, gay and lesbian communities of Knoxville and the entire East Tennessee area. We welcome all to join us, regardless of denomination or background.
Communal memory takes shape when we share our stories. In those stories is our longing and yearning for peace, for love, for acceptance, for freedom, equality and justice. In those yearnings is a search for the truth of Spirit.
If you are looking for a spiritual home, come visit us here at Metropolitan Community Church at Knoxville and listen to the voice of the Holy speak to you through the voices of diversity, community, social justice and prayer. We welcome people of many beliefs and backgrounds into the holy space of worship, and pray that you will find justice and peace wherever Spirit leads you.