Lay candidate Angel Collie is seeking a governing board position for the Metropolitan Community Churches fellowship.

SARASOTA, Fla. — Metropolitan Community Churches has released the names of those who have been nominated for elections for its governing board.

Clergy candidates will be voted on at the denomination’s General Conference to be held from July 4-8 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Four clergy positions are open and will be filled with two individuals who will serve for six-year terms and two for three-year terms. The two highest vote totals will receive the full six-year terms and the remaining two will fill the three-year positions. Those up for consideration are Rev. Onetta Brooks (California), Rev. Joe Cobb (Virginia), Rev. Jakob Hero (Florida), Rev. Dr. William Hubbard Knight (Hawaii) and Rev. Dr. Stephanie Burns (Florida).

Two lay candidates will also be elected who will serve for six-year terms. They are Kimberly Brown (Oregon), Angel Collie (North Carolina) and Mark Galgleish (Australia).

Collie, who lives in Bunn, N.C., identifies as a transmasculine person. He serves as the assistant director of the LGBTQ Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received his BA in Religious Studies with minors in both Women s Studies and Sexuality Studies after obtaining his Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School.

He is a member of the LGBT-Religious Archives Network Advisory Committee, The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Transgender Roundtable, the Freedom Center for Social Justice board, MCC s transgender and gender non-conforming working group, and is on the steering committee for the National Religious Leaders Roundtable of the National LGBTQ Task Force.

A 2006 and 2007 Soulforce Equality Ride participant, Collie also participated in other service work during his time at Yale. He was elected by his peers to serve on the Diversity Committee and the Graduate & Professional Student Senate. He held student positions with the Office of LGBTQ Resources and the Chaplain s Office where he co-founded W{holy} Queer. Most recently, he was honored to be included in the 2014 Trans 100.

Mariela Castro daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, was tapped in August 2015 to speak at the Human Rights Plenary at the General Conference. She is head of her country s National Centre for Sex Education.


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