A failed relationship
It seems the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church decided to live together without getting married. They never tried to resolve their different organizational visions. The Mennonite Church had a top-down, bishop-led conference system; the General Conference was congregational. The living arrangement worked until we came to the issue of homosexuality. The different ways of resolving issues collided, and the relationship is unworkable. Marriage seems inadvisable, if not impossible. Perhaps we need to let area conferences be responsible for themselves. They will not be accountable to or responsible for each other. Each is free to decide and govern as it sees fit under the guidance of the Spirit. This is not according to the original vision, nor is it the ideal. But it may be the best we can do presently.
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