CUC ANNIVERSARY STATEMENT FROM MCCMB
The Metropolitan Community Church of Metro Baguio (MCCMB) stand in solidarity as we give praise to God for the establishment of yet another affirming Christian fellowship of the Christian United Church (CUC) in the Philippines one year ago. Under the leadership of God’s servant Rev. Pastor Regen Luna, the CUC stood firmly and boldly proclaiming one same message of God’s inclusive and universal love for all his children.
The MCCMB, together with MCCPh Makati and MCCQC takes pride in conducting the historic 1st LGBT mass wedding in the country that further opened the doorway of the Lord’s Church to many unknowing LGBT couple who are in a loving and responsible relationship. We are blessed to have with us the CUC Philippines to celebrate the Eucharist for the first time with MCC on that historic day which coincided with another historic international event in New York’s adoption of same-sex marriage.
The MCCMB is forever grateful of the CUC’s undeniable contribution in educating people about sex-positive theology and positively affirming spirituality. We believe that all faith-based community plays a vital role in transforming our society amidst the politics and differences within the LGBT community.
We commend the brave role Rev. Ptr. Regen Luna and his supportive family play in the formation and sustenance of CUC’s ministry to glorify our living God through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, as we pray in union with other affirming faith groups that CUC continue to inspire and work for God’s greater glory and for all that shall further make the LGBT community here and abroad blossom and grow. May God’s blessing be upon us all!
Happy first founding anniversary to CUC Philippines!
PTR. MYKE A. SOTERO
Metropolitan Community Church of Metro Baguio
September 27, 2011
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ANNOUNCEMENT ON FACEBOOK
The Christian United Church welcomes Regen Luna, as a licensed Local Pastor and candidate for ordination as a Elder in Full Connection, after the completion of additional formation. He will be planting a community in the Philippines. Visit our website for additional information about the Christian United Church. The CUC is currently engaged in ministry in the United States and Poland. We are excited to bring a new inclusive Christian community to the Philippines.
ANNOUNCEMENT ON CHRISTIANUNITEDCHURCH.NING.COM
Regen Luna has been accepted as Candidate for Ordination and as a Licensed Local Pastor in the Christian United Church. Pastor Luna will continue to prepare for pastoral and theological studies to be received as Elder in Full Connection by the Annual Conference of the Christian United Church.
Regen is from Dasmarimas, Philippines. He completed a Bachelor’s in History from DeLaSalle University In 2001 and has studied Theology at various graduate institutions. He has served as Associate Pastor, MCC Manila 2000-2001 and as Interim Pastoral Leader of MCC Philippines from 2005- 2008.
Pastor Regen will be developing a congregation in Dasmarinas named Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd Christian United Church. This will be the first church for the newly emerging Christian United Church with congregations currently in Poland and the United States.
Bishop David Strong, Bishop of the denomination, said “We welcome Pastor Regen into the connectional covenant community of the Christian United Church. He shares in the charism of the CUC to provide a ministry of inclusion which invites members of the LGBT community and our straight allies to become Disciples of Christ through communion and community”.
The Christian United Church is a denomination with a Methodist polity that is inclusive and centered on the spiritual practice of weekly Holy Communion and the means of grace and mercy in our daily life. For more information visit www. christianunitedchurch.net
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King David once wrote in Psalms 23 “The Lord is my shepherd”. Our Lord Jesus Christ declared in John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd”. This is the name of our Chapel. It speaks about the goodness of our Lord. His unconditional love and His passion to take care of us just like a Shepherd who takes care of his flock. God will take care of YOU. Jesus will take care of YOU. The Holy Spirit will take care of YOU.
Welcome to our Chapel. Welcome to our church, the Church of God – CUC. Welcome to our denomination, the Christian United Church. Whoever you are, whatever you do, if you are looking for a church-home that will really take care of you then we invite you to come and join us. We are an inclusive, welcoming and affirming community. We propagate the message of Christ without discrimination on your race, religion, social status in life, education and gender.
We welcome everyone straights, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders to be one with us in worship, in the holy communion, in prayer, in Bible studies, in service to God and to his people. Welcome to the Chapel of JESUS CHRIST the Good Shepherd Church of God – CUC.
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
- Worship Service with Holy Communion – Sundays @ 5:00 pm
- Bible Study and Fellowship – Fridays @ 7:00 pm
- Praise & Prayer Meeting – Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm
- HIV/AIDS Prevention Seminars – by schedule
- Homosexuality & Spirituality Seminar – by schedule
- Annual Retreat – by schedule
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