The committee’s efforts led to the conception of MECC in March 2010 (Rabi al-awal 1431). The Islamic Centers elected an endorsing body board in that month thereby establishing the Muslim Endorsement Council of Connecticut (MECC). In September of 2010, some of the members of the original group saw the need for the establishment of a Muslim American seminary. After consulting Muslim academics, national Muslim organizations and some non-Muslim entities, the decision was made to try to establish a Muslim American seminary as a separate, but related, initiative. The National Shura Conference was subsequently established based on a process developed in consultation with: the Association of Muslim Chaplains (AMC), Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences (GSISS), International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), International League of Muslim Women – New England Chapter, Islamic Center of New London (ICNL), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Islamic Relief-USA, Islamic Social Services Association-USA (ISSA-USA), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Masjid Al-Islam (MAI), Muslim American Society (MAS)-Freedom, Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), New England Council of Masajid, and New England Muslim Sisters Association (NEMSA).
MECC was incorporated in March 2011, applied for, and ultimately received federal 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. In the interim, Masjid Al-Islam Inc. in New Haven CT served as the fiduciary agent for the project.
MECC subsequently organized the National Shura and Best Practices on Chaplaincy and Muslim Seminary Workshops on March 5, 2011, on the campus of Yale University. It was a successful effort in broadening the contributions of Muslim and non-Muslim stakeholders on the matter of chaplaincy, in addition to highlighting the many benefits a Muslim Seminary could offer. The efforts served as an aid in broadening the understanding of endorsement and the organization of a seminary.