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"I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut."  Revelation 3:8



© 2012 Open Door Metropolitan Community Church

15817 Barnesville Road

P.O. Box 127

Boyds, MD 20841

Phone: 301-916-5777





No Justice, No Peace: Joining Hands For Change

Special collection for Flint MI, we will send to Redeemer MCC of Flint and the United Way of Genesee County, where donations can be made to a fund that's already helped purchase and distribute 11,000 water filter systems, 5,000 replacement filters, and thousands of cases of bottled water.

"My Death Needs To Mean Something" Saturday, January 10, 2015 @2p

A Cry for Justice (Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Trans Day of Remembrance November 2014

Remembering Our Dead  HUFFPOST GAY VOICES November 20, 2014

Last week (see below), we marked the 50th anniversary of the bombings at Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church by the Klan. The film Fruitvale Station is currently in art theaters and tells the story of Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by transit police in Oakland. He was unarmed, handcuffed, and lying on the ground. Trayvon Martin was shot and killed last year by a neighborhood watch captain. He was unarmed. Kimani Gray, 16. Kendric McDade, 19. Timothy Russell. Ervin Jefferson, 18. All unarmed. Last week Jonathan Ferrell, former Florida A&M University football player, was shot 10 times and killed by police. He was unarmed and had just been in a car accident. I can't bear this anymore, and I can't be just angry anymore without acting. If you have ideas or suggestions of where Open Door can plug into ongoing conversations and work from within the communities directly impacted, please speak to me or a board member.

Fifty years ago today (September 15, 2013), at 10:22 am, four young women were murdered at Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church by a Klan bombing. “Birmingham Sunday” marked a vital turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. The grief and anger sparked the all-out, nonviolent voting rights campaign that produced the 1965 Voting Rights Act—recently debilitated by the Supreme Court. The movement’s courageous nonviolent response also helped ensure passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

Last Tuesday, at the United States Capitol, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Denise McNair were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest civilian honor, received by members of their families. Today at 10:22 we rang our church bell for each of these precious children, we said their names, and we encouraged you to continue the work of racial, economic, and environmental justice by, for example, educating yourself and others and becoming involved in issues such as: voting rights suppression; mass incarceration of African Americans and Latinos; global slavery; sweatshop labor; immigrants’ rights; violence against youth of color & against women and girls; joblessness; age discrimination; retirement; and family debt burdens, esp. student debt. Do not under-estimate your power to make change. As Marianne Williamson famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” RING BELLS


From MCC conference to focus on global justice 2013-06-26:
Videos by Tracy Baim

The Global Justice Institute (GJI) Facebook Page

Lesbian Connection Magazine

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March is Women's History Month

Title IX is a portion of the Education Amendments of 1972, Public Law No. 92‑318, 86 Stat. 235 (June 23, 1972), codified at 20 U.S.C. sections 1681 through 1688, U.S. legislation also identified its principal author's name as the Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act. It states (in part) that

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance...

Title IX was passed by the U.S. Congress on June 23, 1972, and signed by President Richard M. Nixon on July 1, 1972. It is a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination in education programs and activities receiving federal funds. It was the first comprehensive federal law to prohibit sex discrimination against students and employees in these institutions.

This law improved girls' and women's involvement in athletics, access to higher education, career education, employment, learning environment, math and science, sexual harassment, standardized testing, and treatment of pregnant and parenting teens.

Before Title IX:

  • Many schools and universities had separate entrances for male and female students.
    Female students were not allowed to take certain courses, such as auto mechanics or criminal justice; male students could not take home economics.
  • Most medical and law schools limited the number of women admitted to 15 or fewer per school.
  • Many colleges and universities required women to have higher test scores and better grades than male applicants to gain admission.
  • Women living on campus were not allowed to stay out past midnight.
  • Women faculty members were excluded from faculty clubs and encouraged to join faculty wives' clubs instead.
  • After winning two gold medals in the 1964 Olympics, swimmer Donna de Varona could not obtain a college swimming scholarship. For women they did not exist.
  • Pat Genovese, who holds the record for the standing long jump and is Hall of Fame Lacrosse coach ranked with the 3d most wins, last year described sports before Title IX.  Women's team had no locker rooms, showers, laundry, or toilets. Their first uniforms were tunic skirts. The men's gym was off limits and women practiced around the men's schedule. Women slept four to a bed for away games. Women's team coaches were unpaid, their meal per diem was 1/6 of the men's team, and their school boxed lunches were less than ½ of men's. Genovese coached pregnant because she feared the school would terminate the position if she took leave.

After Title IX:

  • More than 6x the numbers of women are involved in athletics. in the last 14 years alone nearly 3 thousand intercollegiate women's teams were added across the country. And if women were a country, they would have taken 2d place in 2012 summer olympic gold medals.
  • Additionally, in 1973, 43% of female high school graduates were enrolled in college. This grew to 63% in 1994.
  • In 1972, women received 9% of medical degrees but by 1994 that number had moved up to 38%; 1% of dental degrees grew to 38% in 1994; and the percentage of law degrees earned by women had moved from 7% in 1971 to 43% in 1994.
  • Today, more than 100,000 women participate in intercollegiate athletics, a four-fold increase from 1971.
  • 80% of female managers of Fortune 500 companies have a sports background.
  • Title IX prohibits schools from suspending, expelling or discriminating against pregnant high school students in educational programs and activities. From 1980 to 1990, dropout rates for pregnant students declined 30%, increasing the chances the mothers will be able to support and care for their children.
  • High school girls who participate in team sports are less likely to drop out of school, smoke, drink, or become pregnant.

(Source: Title IX: 25 Years of Progress, U.S. Department of Education, 1997)

Title IX Blog    [Founders & Contributors: Erin Buzuvis, Professor of Law, Western New England University; Kristine Newhall, Ph.D. candidate in Women's Studies, University of Iowa] (editor's insertion)


International Cultural Center of Gaithersburg
The International Cultural Center in Montgomery Village (right over by Ledo Pizza) is working for interfaith dialogue that goes beyond merely recognizing the other as non-alien and non-enemy. Opportunities exist for education and community services, including a youth-oriented program called Youth Against Hunger, packing lunches for distribution and good for school community service credits. Fliers and info cards are in the foyer, or speak to me for more information.

From the Website: "Sharing Cultures, Building  Communities" ICC is dedicated to providing service-based interfaith programs that bridge gaps in understanding among diverse communities. Through actions of sharing cultural, intellectual, and spiritual experiences of various religious and nonreligious communities, we build a common ground to tackle greater social challenges together. We seek to strengthen the bonds of social cohesion through community service.

For recent and upcoming events, please visit the ICC  Website.


Trans Day of Remembrance on November 20th
Our dead are not something to talk about respectfully in civilized society, in polite company. The media and law enforcement and courts keep letting us know that our lives, and our deaths, are not matters that warrant much reflection by well-mannered circles.  In remembering our dead, we refuse to let them slide into gentle, polite obscurity.  In remembering our dead we assert that there is no shame in our lives, and that our people are good people, and that our murders are untenable acts.  And we speak the names of our dead and we tell their stories and we grieve their loss.


Remember our dead this year. There are a number of services or rallies to attend. Join together in anger, in sorrow, in hope; but do not be resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.

Rev. Miller




Frederick LGBTQ Community Center Events

Regular events are scheduled for the Frederick-area LGBTQ communities. See event details on their Facebook Page.


Immigration Equality
Immigration Equality is planning a number of initiatives to continue to build support for the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), a bill which would end discrimination against LGBT immigrant families. To that end, we are looking for LGBT binational couples who are interested in reaching out to their elected officials to push for the passage of UAFA. We are specifically looking for couples in the following states: NY, NJ, CT, MA, PA, and MD. If you know of a binational couple and they would be interested in participating in this work, please have them contact: Connie Utada (


On the third Sunday of the month all food pantry donations will be shared with the county program, Western Upper Montgomery County HELP, which provides assistance with food, medications, and transportation to medical appointments. On this Sunday please be especially careful to place your pantry donation in the basket at the front door so that it can be added to the good work at HELP.  Thank you!

WUMCO-HELP, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to provide quick and friendly assistance to needy persons in Western Upper Montgomery County (Poolesville, Barnesville, Beallsville, Boyds, Dickerson and surrounding areas) in times of crisis. It provides emergency help with rent and mortgage, medical expenses, utilities, car repairs, transportation, prescription medicine and limited childcare subsidies. It operates a holiday basket and toy program in the area. It also coordinates a paratransit type bus service for seniors and disabled in the area.
Phone: (301) 972-8481  Fax: (301) 916-3236