Metropolitan Community Church of New York

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Metropolitan Community Church of New York
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40°45′19.6″N 73°59′50.9″W / 40.755444°N 73.997472°W / 40.755444; -73.997472Coordinates: 40°45′19.6″N 73°59′50.9″W / 40.755444°N 73.997472°W / 40.755444; -73.997472
LocationNew York City
DenominationMetropolitan Community Church
Founded1972 (1972)
Pastor(s)Rev. Pat Bumgardner

The Metropolitan Community Church of New York (MCCNY) is an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Christian church in New York City, located at 446 36th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenue in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood on the West Side of Midtown Manhattan.


While catering mainly to the LGBT population, the church is open to persons of all sexual orientations. MCCNY is affiliated with the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), a worldwide fellowship of churches catering to LGBT persons and affirming LGBT-supportive theology.[1][2]

The senior pastor is Pat Bumgardner, a minister and social justice activist.[3] She lives in the West Village. Edgard Danielsen-Morales serves as the assistant pastor for congregational Life.

A newsletter titled The Query is published by the church.[4]


The church itself was first established in Los Angeles in 1968 by Reverend Troy Perry. Its location changed four years later to New York, inside the Lesbian and Gay Services Center (now the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center), the address where it remained from 1983 to 1994. The church moved once again in 1994 to its current location at West 36th Street.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Loue, Sana (2009). Sexualities and identities of minority women. Springer. pp. 66, 74, 154. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
  2. ^ Asencio, Marysol (2010). Latina/o sexualities: probing powers, passions, practices, and policies. Rutgers University Press. p. 182. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
  3. ^ Steven W. Thrasher (November 4, 2011). "A Church. A Shelter. Is It Safe?". The New York Times. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
  4. ^ Cheng, Patrick S. (2011). Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology. Church Publishing, Inc. p. 31. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
  5. ^ Dunlap, David W. (2004). From Abyssinian to Zion: a guide to Manhattan's houses of worship. Columbia University Press. p. 144. Retrieved February 19, 2012.

Further reading[edit]

  • Eric M. Rodriguez and Suzanne C. Ouellette, "The Metropolitan Community Church of New York: A Gay and Lesbian Community," The Community Psychologist 32, no. 3 ( 1999): 24–29
  • Rodriguez, E. M. and Ouellette, S. C. (2000), "Gay and Lesbian Christians: Homosexual and Religious Identity Integration in the Members and Participants of a Gay-Positive Church." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 39: 333–347.
  • Patrick S. Cheng. 2011. Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology. Church Publishing, Inc., March 1, 2011
  • Glisson, Susan M. (2006). The Human Tradition in the Civil Rights Movement. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 328. Retrieved February 19, 2012.

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