Posted on July 23rd, 2017
The Mennonite Church USA engaged in a “Future Church Summit" as part of the national convention. This was a great activity, and the theme reports (combined together at the end of this post) received a high confidence vote by the delegates (see: https://twitter.com/toddgrotenhuis/status/883677101995544576).
The delegate body also voted to affirm the following:
This is a much weaker version of the original resolution, but as has happened in past conventions, the moderator rushed movement on t...
Posted on July 3rd, 2017
Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:Really sad: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/fox59/2017/06/27/disability-advocate-injured-during-health-care-sit-sen-youngs-office/430752001/I was really challenged these Plough articles that challenge the value of Curiosity: http://www.plough.com/en/topics/faith/discipleship/saving-silence and http://www.plough.com/en/topics/community/education/giving-god-our-attention. Quo...
Posted on July 3rd, 2017
It’s almost time!
This year, I am a delegate representing Indiana Michigan Conference. You can find information, including our only resolution at the convention delegate page.
To follow or mute updates from this bi-annual event, use #MennoCon17 (twitter, Facebook) on social media and the #MCUSA tag on this blog.
I’ll try to do daily updates on Delegate session activity, including the vote on the "Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine" resolution and the Future Church Summit.
Posted on September 7th, 2015
No one can serve two masters, for either they will hate the one and love the other, or they will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
By now, you have surely heard of the Kim Davis case. Kim is a county clerk who asserts that she is following God by not granting marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
Christians have differing opinions on the rightness of these marriage certificates, but they are frankly irrelevant: if a Christian is convicted that they cannot faithfully perfor...
Posted on July 5th, 2015
This day’s session started with an acknowledgment from the moderator for the pain and sadness in the LGBTQ community.
We then heard from the Mennonite Education Agency and had hymns.
The moderator shared another moving moment, displaying that she was holding name badges from people on both ends of day 3’s debates, explaining that they had been given to her by people who said they no longer wanted to be part of MCUSA.
Many of us expected that addressing topics of sexuality and inclusion wou...
Posted on July 3rd, 2015
Friday only has one delegate session. It started with singing of “God is Love", and a well-delivered warning about being sensitive through the difficult discussions that would follow.
There was an introduction to the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse, and also a point of order from the floor. Since this item did not have “Resolution" at the top, nor have “Resolution" before the bullet points (which most of the others did), there was a question to clarify what was the actual resolution. I...
Posted on July 2nd, 2015
The morning session started with an introduction, a hymn, and sharing from Everence.
Several Pink Menno folks approached the stage and took the microphone, introducing a “resolution", while other representatives took slips of papers with the resolution wording to each delegate table. The “resolution" was worded as follows:
"Because we as Mennonites believe in clear boundaries and tall fences to keep out any abominations in the eyes of God:
We heretofore resolve that those struggling with o...
Posted on July 1st, 2015
Today’s morning delegate session had more preparatory time, including responsive reading, hymns, sharing from Mennonite Health Services, prayer, and discussion of discernment processes.
The resolution under consideration was the "Faithfulness Amid Endless War" resolution. It received strong support, and good commentary.
An amendment was put forward, adding a fourth bulleted section, worded as such:
“Calls for an immediate ban on research, development, production and deployment of robotic a...
Posted on July 1st, 2015
The first day for delegates was mostly introductory.
Delegate table leaders had an hour introduction to train them on the consensus-measuring processes, voting processes, equitable sharing methods, and how to navigate challenges at the table.
Then, all the delegates were brought in and things kicked off. There were various introductions to the convention, the delegate process, and to Mennonite agencies. Hymns and prayers were scattered between.
Delegates are largely appointed by congregati...
Posted on June 18th, 2015
The MCUSA executive board has collected questions and feedback on the resolutions, and has offered a document with answers to a number of the frequently asked questions. You can view it here.
Here is perhaps the most important part, for those of you providing feedback for delegates on how to vote:
11. What difference will it make if either or both of these resolutions – Forbearance and Membership Guidelines – pass or fail to pass?
If both of these resolutions pass, the Executive Board wil...