In February 2013, the Rev. Aaron Miller was installed as the settled/permanent Pastor
of MCC Hartford after serving 15 months as its Interim Pastor.
Rev. Aaron earned
a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and is ordained by the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC).
He has been appointed by the denomination's senior leadership to the MCC Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council "Trans/Gender
Rev. Aaron is also a chaplain at Yale New Haven Hospital,
serves on the Board of Directors for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice CT, is a member of the Connecticut
Clergy for Full Equality (an interfaith collaboration of progressive faith leaders throughout the state), and offers diversity
workshops and training regarding gender identity/expression in settings such as churches, hospitals, healthcare facilities,
Rev. Aaron is a political activist who is dedicated
to working for the advancement of LGBTQI justice and equality. As a transgender clergy person, he is passionately committed
to human and civil rights and creating safe and welcoming spaces in our faith communities for all people.
Rev. Aaron and the entire MCC Hartford congregation invite you to join us Sunday mornings at
10am for worship followed by fellowship. And, be sure to check the calendar on this website under "What's Happening" and
consider joining us at other fun or educational events throughout the weeks. All are welcome!
Until we meet (again), may God's unconditional love and abundant grace bless you and yours...always and in all ways.
reflection February 2019:
As I begin Sabbatical February 1, I am quite aware of Valentine’s
Day approaching---a symbol of love --- love that has the power to bridge all space and time. Over the next
2 months, we may be on different continents (you in America and me in South Africa) but I am sure the Holy Spirit will be
moving us all and connecting us still.
Something new and exciting is happening, do you feel it? Do you sense it??
Just as Jesus emerged from the Jordan River invigorated by the energy of that water, blessed by God, and then called
to ministry…so we, too, are emerging --- ready to see how God is blessing and calling us in new and different ways.
Just as we are God’s Beloved, we are called to be the living ‘Valentine’s’ message to those
who have not yet heard they are Beloved, too…or, perhaps, don’t yet believe it.
So, dear ones, let us keep our hearts open wide and connected
as we travel with God together on separate paths for this time. We will surely celebrate when we gather
again! And, remember that love has the power to connect us always, across all space and time.
blessings on this Valentine’s journey of love that we travel with God and one another.
sure is love-ly…every day,
Pastor’s reflection January 2019:
As we open our 2019 calendars and begin a new year, this is
a perfect opportunity to stop and reflect on the year now finishing. What is it that we will take with us into the New
Year and what will we choose to leave behind? What lessons and wonderful memories do we want to hold close and what
experiences and recollections will we let fade?
The scripture from Isaiah 43:18-19 provides guiding by the Holy Spirit in moving from one year
to the next, “Remember
not the former things, nor consider things of old. Behold. I am doing a new thing: now it springs forth, do you
not perceive it?” that helps us to look forward with hope and…even excitement! God is doing something new, do we perceive
it?? Sometimes, we can find ourselves looking in the ‘rear view mirror’ at where we have been instead of
keeping our eyes on the road ahead---with anticipation at what NEW thing God is doing and where the Holy Spirit is leading
Happy and exciting New
Year dear ones. With the Holy Spirit leading and God’s deep love and affection for each of us (and us all), this
promises to be a glorious year! May we take with us the wonder of the manger, the brightness of a star, and the hospitality
of Bethlehem and Egypt as we head into 2019 on this journey with God and each other.
Many New Year blessings and see you on the road!
Pastor’s reflection September
As the seasons change, summer becomes cherished memories and hope abounds as we turn toward fall
and begin a new season.
We are mindful that everything has a season. Just as Jesus began and ended his public ministry
with Baptism and then Transfiguration, we know that God starts new seasons in our lives, too. What will the autumn bring?
God only knows (smile)!
As we celebrate Labor Day and the ‘official’ kickoff to fall, may we take
a moment to REST from our labor (especially those who are weary) so that we are renewed, refreshed, and ready for this glorious
May our autumn be blessed and may we continue to take moments of rest as we see what
God is doing with, in, and through us in this new season. And, may hope, joy, and love abound in it all!! Blessings
to you all, in every season… Pastor Aaron
Pastor’s reflection August 2018:
As we begin the last full month of summer, we are reminded that Jesus intentionally stopped and rested; enjoyed
time with the disciples, did some self care and spent quiet time alone with God in prayer.
Often summer is a time we ‘overbook’ to squeeze in all the picnics, vacations, cookouts, and
parties we can before the seasons change again. Yet, Jesus models a balance between serving and self care
while also enjoying his personal relationships---those with whom he traveled and loved. Might we follow
this example? Can we, amidst the flurry of summer activities and the stresses and demands of daily life,
catch our breath, rest, enjoy our relationships, and spend some time with God in prayer?
The crowds closed in on Jesus
and the disciples (everywhere they went) and yet they still managed to enjoy restful times and meals together. Jesus seems
to value relationships highly, even enjoying a fish fry on the beach with his disciples after resurrection as if to say “the
party must go on and so must you, together.”
May we follow Jesus during this wonderful summer time of parties, relationships, and prayer.
And, may there be many fish fries along the way! Happy summer!! Pastor
It seems we are (finally!) beginning to feel the warmth and sunshine of spring. This has been a long winter that can
often feel like we are wandering in the wilderness; without an end in sight. So, it was quite welcome to read the scripture
on the Sunday before the month of May began (John 15:1-8)---about the vine grower and the vine (an analogy to God and Jesus)
who give us what we need to live and to grow as branches so that we may flourish and be fruitful.
Spring reminds us though life may
be cold and challenging with the sky overcast--- warmth and renewal is just around the corner. Knowing this, hope springs
eternal as we remember that life, with God, is filled with possibility. What nourishes, nurtures, and sustains us is that which the
vine grower provides through the vine to the branches…sap. It is what we all share in common and it is what we
most need. It is life giving and life sustaining and it holds within it the promise of life eternal. And, this
‘sap’ does not stop with us----it flows through us to others. This sap is LOVE. And, love has the
power (beyond sustaining life) to heal, transform, and to liberate…miracles that happen every day to each of us; even
on a cold and overcast day...
let us flourish. Let us bear much fruit. And, let us never miss an opportunity to be a ‘sap’
for love...in every season. Amen!
Many blessings, my fellow branches,
enjoy spring!, Pastor Aaron