full screen background image

GLOBAL JUSTICE INSTITUTE - CLICK HERE to go to The Global Justice Institute web site.

The Global Justice Institute is an independent 501(c)3 that serves as the social justice arm of the Metropolitan Community Churches and is housed within the Metropolitan Community Church of New York. MCCNY senior pastor Rev. Pat Bumgardner serves as the Executive Director and Board of Directors Chairperson. The Board of Directors includes MCC moderator Rev. Nancy Wilson, Rev. Hector Gutierrez representing MCC’s work in Central and Latin America, Grace Poore of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, the Asian Desk, Scott Long formerly of Human Rights Watch and currently a Fellow at Yale Law School, Pastor Joseph Tolton of Rehoboth Temple Christ Conscious Church {part of The Fellowship under Bishop Yvette Flunder}, Sharon Groves of Human Rights Campaign.

Top Banner Pic: Members of the local committee standing with Rev Elder Pat Bumgardner and Rev Michael Kimindu (center) in front of the first Kimer-Kamba Cultural Centre building. This pic: About 75 people filled the center for the 8 November opening service and dedication ceremony

To donate to the Global Justice Institute please follow this link and choose “Global Justice Institute”:Click Here to Give Online.

Reverend Pat on State of Belief Radio (March 16, 2013):

The GJI now serves as the umbrella organization for MCC’s Global Justice work and has recently partnered with The Fellowship. Current projects of The Global Justice Institute include: Mother of Peace Orphanage in Zimbabwe for children orphaned because of AIDS; work in Eastern Europe largely focused on dismantling discriminatory laws; the building of a community of faith in Jamaica that partners with active ground organizations fighting discrimination, the recent partnering with United Seminary in Jamaica in an effort to provide training for up and coming clergy; the Lesbian Education Project in Pakistan, which we hope to expand this year to include trans folks; the building of faith community in Kuala Lumpur that we hope will become the basis for a community center; series of speaking engagements throughout China, Hong Kong and Taiwan; work on HIV/AIDS in many locations throughout the world; work throughout Africa including a Hospitality Center in Kampala, Uganda. This year Pastor Joseph Tolton and Rev. Pat Bumgardner will visit Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and South Africa.

The goal of the GJI in New York is to serve as the hub of a wheel of global justice centers around the globe, allowing for a quick and efficient response to events coordinated by people on the ground.

The GJI has an NGO established in South Africa and Romania, which will function in this way. The GJI in New York will serve not only as a coordinating center for global justice efforts, but also as a place where spiritual activists from around the work can retreat, or offer/participate in trainings, offer meeting space for justice meetings, etc.

To donate to the Global Justice Institute please follow this link and choose “Global Justice Institute”:Click Here to Give Online.

Tell Your U.S. Rep and Senators to SAVE Vital Services

Members of Congress will soon face big choices: will they make damaging cuts to nutrition, education, health care, housing, and more? Or will they prevent service cuts by asking the wealthiest 2 percent to pay more of their fair share in taxes? Will they favor defense contractors over human needs? Those concerned about promoting the common good, protecting the vulnerable, and rebuilding the economy have to speak out! Please send this email. We encourage you to change the text to reflect your concerns; or send it as is. But please be heard – and please forward this widely.

Click here to send an email to your Representative and Senators.

This is the text of the email people are asked to send (or they can edit the wording to personalize it):

Subject: Please prevent cuts to human needs programs; End upper income tax cuts

As your constituent, I urge you to follow these principles as you make budget and tax decisions: 1) protect low-income and vulnerable people; 2) promote job creation so all of us can share in restored economic growth; 3) increase revenues from fair sources; and 4) seek responsible savings by targeting waste in the Pentagon and elsewhere.

You can save vital services for low-income and vulnerable people by allowing tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent to expire. More than $1 trillion will be saved over the next decade if these tax cuts end. Asking those at the top to pay their fair share in taxes will allow needed investments in jobs, education, nutrition, health care, and housing. These and other services will help us now, and build for the future.

In the coming months, please vote to allow the tax cuts for the top 2 percent to expire in January 2013, and preserve tax credits for low-income working families. Please vote to avert cuts now scheduled for January in programs that prevent poverty and meet human needs.

We can make the investments needed for the common good if you take these responsible steps. Thanks for your attention.