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      revfredasmith@aol.comRev Elder Freda Smith




      Presently writing "A  Pillar of Fire by Night: A Memoir of a Journey into Tomorrow". 

      Book One: Egypt is nearing completion. 

      Book Two:  The Backside of the Desert is in outline

      "Can you imagine finding yourself in 1951?" Before Stonewall. Before the group which would become the Mattachine Society had incorporated.  Before the Daughters of Bilitis was formed. When no church or religious organization was open to us.  When every legal system in  the United States criminalized our love.  And when the medical  world  treated our so -called "insanity" with lobotomies and electric shock . . . 

      An old Spiritual says it best:

      "Draw back the curtain of memory now and then
      "Show me where you brought me from 
      "And where I might have been
      "Remember I'm human
      "and humans forget
      "So remind me
      "Remind me
      "Dear God."

      Facebook page for Rev. Freda Smith MCC : https://www.facebook.

      To hear General Conferrence Sermon July 2016 Victoria B.C 

      Contact Rev. Freda Smith:  Church Visits  Purple Grass DVD


      Freda Smith Is:

      --A political activist in California, known for tireless advocacy working for women's and minority rights.

      Freda Smith was  active  in Bobby Kennedy's  presidential campaign. After his assassination on June 6, 1968 she was compelled to "come out" publicly as a lesbian as well as a feminist  to work to change laws in California and the United States of America.. This was "before Stonewall," and very few members of the gay community were open about their orientation. Homosexuality was a criminal offense in California, as well as condemned by the church and diagnosed as a mental disease. Freda became co-chair of the California Committee for Sexual Law Reform and worked for the passage of Assemblyman Willie Brown's consenting adult law. It was during this lobbying effort that she wrote her narrative poem Dear Dora/Dangerous Derek Diesel 

      --During a lobbying effort for the passage of the bill, Freda read :""Dear Dora/Dangerous Derek Diesel Dyke," to a select group of legislators. Lt. Governor Merv Dymally  was visibly moved by the poem and stated that the poem had ""opened his eyes."" Later, Dymally historically broke the tie that had deadlocked the California Senate to pass California's "Consenting Adults Law: AB437.

        Frieda Smith Tells It Like It Is August 28, 1971 Speaking for Our Lives: Historic Speeches and Rhetoric for Gay and Lesbian for Gay and Lesbian Rights edited by Robert B. Marks Ridinger. This speech was the last one given in Sacramento, California, at the end of the march on the California state capitol on June 25, 1971, led by Reverend Troy Perry to support the AB437, a state bill introduced by Willie Brown to legalize homosexual acts in private between consenting adults. Contemporary reportage by The Advocate describes this as one of the two most militant addresses given at the rally. Speaking for Our LivesHistoric Speeches and Rhetoric (1892-2000) By Robert B Marks Ridinger.

       (Freda's name has often been spelled phonetically by the press: "Freida," "Frieda, Frida,Freeda, her birth name is "Alfreda: ")

      --She first met the Reverend Elder Troy Perry on the steps of the Capitol of the State of California.

      --Both were speakers for a rally to pass the "Consenting Adults Law," to decriminalize gay relationships in California.


      Speaker at  Christopher Street West

      First Gay Pride Day LA  Freda with Microphone between Morris Kite and Troy Perry 

      (Freda's hand on Troy's shoulder)




      Freda also was Co-Grand Marshall with Morris Kite in SF's First Gay Pride Parade 



      Freda Smith was licensed to the ministry of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolian Community Churches in Los Angeles at  the UFMCC third General Conference in 1972

      First woman elected to the MCC Board of Elders

      Elder Papa John Hose, Elder Jim Sandmire, Elder Troy Perry, Elder Richard Vincent, Elder Freda Smith, Elder John Gil


      Freda became the first woman ordained to the UFMCC ministry and was first elected to the Board of Elders in 1973. She was re-elected as elder for five more terms (20 years) during which time she represented the Church as liaison to Europe, Canada, Australia, and U.S. Districts. She also served as Vice-Moderator of the UFMCC. She appeared nationally on the Tomorrow Show in the U.S., on Canada AM, and on local broadcasts where she frequently debated right-wing religious political advocates.



      When Freda entered MCC, the leadership was overwhelmingly male. As a feminist Freda went to work encouraging women to become active and to change church by-laws to include women in all leadership positions.

       At the 1973, General Conference in Atlanta, GA, Freda stood to individually amend every gender pronoun in the UFMCC By-laws to include both men and women.

      Like any new religious movement, the UFMCC has had growing pains. One case involved dealing with sexism: in 1973 Freda Smith, the first woman to be ordained in MCC and at that time still the only woman minister, single-handedly convinced the denomination to change the pronouns in its by-laws from “he” to “he and she. Melissa M. Wilcox - 2009 - ‎Queer Women and Religious Individualism - Page 29 



      MCC ultimately became a leader in Christian social action, championing the ordination of women, inclusive language, and a theology of inclusion for all people

      Freda Smith wrote:

      “Behavioral studies show that if 2% of a homogeneous group are strongly dedicated to a given cause, and that small minority can eventually move the whole. Association of Church Missions Commissions Newsletter, Autumn, 1989, p. 1.“

      I believe that MCC has illustrated this point.  When Troy was able to reach 2% of Advocate readers, MCC was unstoppable.

      When 2% of the women of MCC were strongly determined to change the age-old role of women in the church, MCC was forever changed.

      Like circuit rider ministries of early America, MCC churches exploded across the United States. Rev. Bob Wolfe left Sacramento for Toronto, Canada and won the 2%.  Joe McVey Abbot reached 2% in Britain.  MCC exploded–small but determined around the world.  Even popping up behind the Iron curtain.

      The very peculiarity of the movement made it newsworthy. The media was wide-open.  MCC clergy representatives everywhere were able and willing to face rancor, hatred, and even violence to tell the world God loves the LGBTIQ community.  2% of the listeners became believers. Churches began to change.

      When 2% of LGBTIQ activists outside of MCC saw the strength of MCC’s feminism they began to borrow the political tactics of the feminist movement.

      I urge women everywhere to remember–always–the historic role of women in religion, business, education, and religion.  Look around and see women in other cultures and realize that ours is not so distant from theirs. Work, pray, and believe to change life for them.  Become the 2% that changes the world.  And keeps it changed.

       “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Santayana (in The Life of Reason, 2005


      Board of Elders Members: March on Washington:

      Nancy Wilson, Clerk; Don Eastman, Treasurer;Jean White, World Extension; Troy Perry, Moderator; Freda Smith, Vice Moderator.


      Church Visits


      Evangelism Ministry

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      To contact Rev. Freda



      Facebook page for Rev. Freda Smith MCC :

      To hear General Conferrence Sermon July 2016 Victoria B.C 

      Contact Rev. Freda Smith:  Church Visits  Purple Grass DVD




    • Letter to Dr. Laura

       An anonymous letter for people who see themselves as strict scriptural purists.  Aren't we glad that Jesus fulfilled the law ("It is finished") for all of us "whosoevers."  John 3:16

      Dear Dr. Laura, 
       Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. 
       I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them. 
       a) When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them? 
       b) I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her? 
       c) I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense. 
       d) Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians? 
       e) I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself? 
       f) A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an Abomination (Lev 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? 
       g) Lev 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here? 
       h) Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev 19:27. How should they die? 
       i) I know from Lev 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves? 
       j) My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Lev 24:10-16) Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14) 
       I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. 
       Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.
      Your devoted disciple and adoring fan.




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      When  I Stand Before GOD at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and that I could say, "I used everything that you gave me."

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