MCC Reverend Named to White House CouncilReverend Wilsom

February 7, 2011

The Reverend Elder Nancy Wilson, Presiding Moderator of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, has been named by President Barack Obama to serve on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

The White House Advisory Council brings together leaders and experts in the fields of faith-based and neighborhood organizations to work in the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which mobilizes and coordinates community organizations, religious and otherwise, to provide effective social services to address the needs of low-income and underserved populations at home and abroad.
"I am deeply honored and grateful for this opportunity to serve," said The Rev. Wilson. "This is a wonderful opportunity to seek common ground and shared purpose with a broad spectrum of the religious and social service communities, and an opportunity to transcend lines of religious and political affiliation as we seek sustainable solutions to the needs of the vulnerable.

The Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships was created on February 5, 2009, by President Obama, to bring together experts to identify best practices for delivering social services, evaluate public policies and make recommendations to the President on those policies.

"It is my hope," she continued, "that, as our President has stated so eloquently on many occasions, our varied beliefs will together forge our common strength."

Known both for her pastoral skills as well as her public advocacy, Rev. Wilson has pastored many of MCC's congregations, including its founding church, and for more than 20 years was the denomination's Chief Ecumenical Officer, representing MCC at the National and World Council of Churches. She continues to be an active voice on behalf of HIV and AIDS issues, prison reform, LGBT human rights efforts, and the rights of women and children.

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