Welcome to MCC of the Blue Ridge, an inclusive faith community for all people! Founded as a church dedicated to welcoming all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, we engage in ministries of equality and social justice in the Roanoke Valley, Southwest Virginia and around the world.
We are a member congregation of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, founded on October 8, 1968. MCC of the Blue Ridge was founded on December 7, 1986.
Located in Southeast Roanoke, in the Belmont neighborhood, we are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of our beautiful building which is listed on the Virginia and National Historic Registers. In addition to our congregation, our facility is home to five local artist studios, the Roanoke Diversity Center and the largest LGBTQ library in the region.
In honor of our 100th anniversary, we are raising funds to restore our beautiful and historic stained glass windows which date back to World War 1 and tell the story of generations of people who have lived in Roanoke and worshiped in this sacred space.
We celebrate vibrant worship on Sundays at 11:00 am; host a variety of spiritual growth opportunities; provide outreach through a food pantry, the Roanoke Rescue Mission and Family Promise of Greater Roanoke; partner with the Southeast Roanoke Christian Partnership (congregations and social service agencies) raising awareness and creating events to strengthen the life of our neighborhoods.
Throughout our history we have been a voice for people marginalized due to discrimination, hate crimes, injustice and inequality based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender transition. We help people people reconcile their sexuality and spirituality and celebrate the gift of our sacred bodies.
Together, with over 150 Metropolitan Community Churches around the world, we share these core values:
Inclusion - Love is our greatest moral value and resisting exclusion is a primary focus of our ministry. We want to continue to be conduits of faith where everyone is included in the family of God, and where all parts of our being are welcomed at God's table.
Community - Offering a safe and open community for people to worship, learn and grow in their faith is our deep desire. We are committed to equipping ourselves and each other to do the work that God has called us to do in the world.
Spiritual Transformation - Providing a message of liberation from the oppressive religious environment of our day or to those experiencing God for the first time is what guides our ministry. We believe that when people are invited to experience God through the life and ministry of Christ, lives will be transformed.
Social Action - Working to talk less and do more, we are committed to resisting the structures that oppress people and standing with those who suffer under the weight of oppressive systems, being guided always by our commitment to Global Human Rights.