Welcome to Mayflower

The people of Mayflower Congregational UCC Church of Oklahoma City invite you to experience Christianity as a way of life, not a set of creeds and doctrines demanding total agreement. We invite you to join us as we seek to recover the meaning of the gospel for our time, looking to scripture, faith, and reason — interpreted by love. At Mayflower we believe that what Jesus teaches us about God is more important than what the church has taught us about Jesus. We believe in the liberty of conscience, the responsibility of every believer to work out his or her own salvation, and the obligation of faithful men and women to become partners with God in building the kingdom. We take the Bible seriously, not literally, and believe that in our time the church must recover, above all, its radical hospitality — welcoming all persons into her midst, without regard to race, age, gender, sexual orientation, or physical abilities.

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by Robin Meyers

Young Voices

Politicians love to say that kids are the future and that nothing matters more than helping them be safe, happy and prosperous. Now the kids are talking back, telling politicians they just want to survive.

After the latest “new normal school shooting” (kill, grieve, pray, repeat), the script was as predictable as it was pathetic: a moment of silence, obligatory thoughts and prayers and “This is no time to politicize this tragedy,” which is precisely a political position. However, one thing did change. The kids spoke up. They loaded into buses and headed to Tallahassee, Florida, and just last week held protests around the country to ask lawmakers to pay more attention to their lives than to the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Read the full article at The Oklahoma Gazette

by Laura Eastes

Armed with compassion, locals are keeping watch over their immigrant neighbors

Promptly at noon, the voices of clergy, retirees and others concerned about a wide range of issues facing immigrants and refugees rang out the solemn verses of “We Shall Overcome” around the flagpole of an office building complex in northwest Oklahoma City on March 14. Prayer for immigrants, families, Dreamers, immigration officers and the national government followed the hymn. The Vigil for Immigration Justice was a 10-minute service; however, its impact goes much further than that.

The prayer vigils began in January, months after Mayflower Congressional United Church of Christ voted to join the New Sanctuary Movement, a national initiative to provide help to immigrants, including those undocumented, facing possible deportation. The weekly vigils bring together people from different congregations and faiths to pray for immigration justice and give attention to the plight of neighbors living without papers, said Rev. Lori Walke, Mayflower’s associate minister.

Read the full article at The Oklahoma Gazette

by Brett Dickerson

Only declared OKC sanctuary church holds vigil at ICE offices

The only congregation in Oklahoma City to declare itself a sanctuary church held a vigil and accompaniment at the OKC headquarters of the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service Thursday.

And the pastor of that congregation says their presence could have been one reason for a woman with an ill child being given 60 more days before the judge makes a decision about her deportation.

Read the full article at The Oklahoma City Free Press

Robin Meyers

Presented to a meeting of the God Seminar in Boston, Friday, Nov. 17, on the theme of "Trump and the Rise of Christian Nationalism"

The rhetorician Kenneth Burke is best know for his theories of human communication as drama. But perhaps his most famous quote is about the essence of the human species itself. This is pre-inclusive language, but otherwise it’s a masterpiece: Man is the symbol-using, symbol-making, symbol misusing animal, inventor of the negative, separated from his natural condition by instruments of his own making, goaded by the spirit of hierarchy, and rotten with perfection.

Click here to download the PDF of Robin's presentation.

Lori Walke

‘Love God, and your neighbor’ (including LGBTQ ones)

For far too long we have been the heartland of homophobia and transphobia, depicting the LGBTQ community as predators and terrorists (again and again). In 2016, Oklahoma legislators introduced 26 anti-LGBTQ bills, more than any other state in the nation. In every case, the author of anti-LGBTQ legislation was a lawmaker waving a Bible overhead.

One of those bills, SB 1014, targeted transgender people for discrimination in bathrooms. Supporters of the measure smeared the transgender community by saying the bill was about the safety of women and children. They repeated this claim while ignoring evidence that there is no correlation between assaults in restrooms and allowing transgender people to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

Read the full article at NonDoc

Lori Walke

Rev. Walke’s ‘Pocket Guide to Christian Lawmaking’

Oklahoma is just a month into session, and we have seen multiple attempts to repeal restorative criminal justice reform, prop-up predatory payday lenders who target economically distressed communities in Oklahoma, and codify discrimination.

Either these pious lawmakers are actively working against the tenets of Christianity because they actually have different priorities, or they desperately need help making decisions that reflect the values of Jesus, a non-violent resister who offered preferential treatment for the poor and gave away health care for free.

Read the full article at NonDoc

Lankford Asserts Nonprofit Organizations are Unfairly Prevented from Engaging in Political Activity

Rev. Lori Walke of Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ sees the repeal or amendment of the Johnson Amendment raising issues connected to how the government treats religion.

“It would ultimately be in violation of the establishment clause, because government would end up subsidizing electioneering, church electioneering, by giving a preference to religious institutions over nonreligious institutions via a tax break,” Walke said. “If a church wants to endorse candidates, pay taxes.”

Read the full article at Oklahoma Gazette

States Of Emergency

In Oklahoma, the Rev. Lori Walke of Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in Oklahoma City spoke out against that state’s RFRA bill and other anti-LGBTQ legislation under consideration, according to the Tulsa World.

“Anti-LGBT legislation couched in phrases like ‘religious freedom’ and ‘right of conscience’ are a waste of time and money, not to mention deeply offensive to LGBT people made in the image of God as well as deeply offensive to the friends and family who love them,” Walke said.

Read the full article at Americans United

Politics from the Pulpit

Mayflower's own Rev. Lori Walke and Dr. Blake Gideon as well as Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett joined Mike Turpen and Kevin Ogle to talk about politics from the pulpit on KFOR's Flash Point.

Watch the discussion at KFOR.com

Lori Walke

Break out the Bat-Signal for Christians

For as long as I can remember, there have been giant crosses made from the lights on two buildings in downtown Oklahoma City during December.

And for as long as I can remember, those giant crosses have confused me.

Even as a kid, I knew the cross was the wrong symbol for the season. It’s Christmas, not Good Friday. The cross was the instrument of Jesus’ death. A manger would be more appropriate.

Read the full article at NonDoc

Lori Walke

Christian minister on Oilfield Prayer
Day: ‘I just can’t’

Dear Gov. Mary Fallin,

You have declared Oct. 13 to be Oilfield Prayer Day. You have invited us to, “thank God for the blessings created by the oil and natural gas industry and to seek His [sic] wisdom and ask for protection.”

Read the full article at NONDOC

Robin Meyers

What have we done?

Oklahoma was the first state west of the Mississippi to be called for Donald Trump, and what prouder moment could there be for followers of Jesus? If Hollywood designed the perfect candidate to represent the anti-Christ for evangelicals, he would be thrice married, twice divorced, a builder of casinos, a sexual predator (unless the women are ugly), a liar and a man so in love with himself that his fondest wish is to die in his own arms.

Read the full article at The Oklahoma Gazette

Local leaders call for immigration law changes

They had risked everything for a chance at a better life. It was one of the many thoughts that ran through Jake Fisher’s head several years ago when spending time with his new friend Hugo and Hugo’s cousins.

Read the full article at The Oklahoma Gazette

Brian Brus

A matter of trust

Just before Lawrence Stream died in 2009, he asked the Rev. Robin Meyers to look after his son. His wife had died a few years earlier and their severely autistic son, Larry, an only child, was approaching his 60th birthday as a resident of a special needs care center.

Read the full article at The Journal Record

‘Beloved community’ honors man who has autism

Larry Stream has been a familiar fixture in the balcony seats at Mayflower Congregational Church UCC since he was a teen. Stream, who has autism, remained faithful to the United Church of Christ congregation...

Read the full article at The Oklahoman

Robin Meyers

KD Syndrome — Can we get over it?

In the weeks leading up to the departure of Oklahoma City Thunder free agent Kevin Durant, billboards sprouted up all over town pleading for him to stay. They looked oddly like valentines.

Read the full article at The Oklahoma Gazette