Southeast Conference raises possibility of leaving MC USA

Apr 10, 2017 by and

Southeast Mennonite Conference might leave Mennonite Church USA if the denomination continues extending forbearance indefinitely to members at variance with its teaching on same-sex marriage. At its spring...

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What would you do?

Nov 21, 2016 by

I have questions for credentialed church leaders. If you found out your child or grandchild is gay, would you welcome them into your church? Or would you hold the security of your official position more...

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MC USA board clarifies meaning of forbearance

Feb 16, 2016 by and

CHICAGO — The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board sought to clarify the meaning of forbearance while focusing on the future at its Feb. 11-13 meeting. Other actions included rejection of a proposal asking...

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How Lancaster’s and Western District’s decisions affect the rest of us

Nov 5, 2015 by

It certainly appears that the church’s extremes got more extreme this weekend, as far as it goes with LGBTQ participation. I don’t think this is the case, though — no one has gotten more extreme,...

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Perilous times

Jul 20, 2015 by

In much contemporary discussion, scriptural authority no longer seems important. Instead, God’s love and Christian forbearance are listed higher. Our gracious God is “slow to anger and plenteous in...

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Forbearance’s flavors

Jul 20, 2015 by

With Mennonite Church USA delegates passing “Forbearance in the Midst of Differences,” some of us are encouraged. Others, who were hoping for a step toward inclusion, are disappointed. Can we find ways to...

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Sexuality resolutions: freedom, accountability

Jul 3, 2015 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In two highly anticipated decisions on policies regarding same-sex relationships, Mennonite Church USA delegates on July 2 approved resolutions that affirm both freedom and...

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Impact on Confession

Jun 22, 2015 by

In all the discussion of forbearance, as used in the Chicago/Reba resolution being presented to the Mennonite Church USA convention, I’ve not yet seen an explanation of whether it would effectively render...

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Listening, while the winds blow as they may

Jun 8, 2015 by

“Forbearance” is buzzing around in our Mennonite Church USA conversations. The dictionary defines it as “patient self-control; restraint and tolerance.” Will forbearance become more than jargon? How...

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Forbearing family?

May 25, 2015 by

Mennonite Church USA congregations and conferences are like adult brothers and sisters. In a dispute, no one can force the other’s hand. Nor can they appeal to parental authority. They have to figure out for...

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Why I’m for forbearance

May 22, 2015 by

On a Sunday several weeks ago, my family and I had several neighbors over to a “goodbye party” for our next-door neighbor, John, who had decided to move to an apartment closer to his son’s family after...

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