The only issue?

Apr 6, 2020 by

Many Anabaptists in the United States have been in a separatist season, leaving one body of believers for another over LGBTQ inclusion. Separation is based on the idea that if our church is affiliated with a...

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Illinois pastors allowed to officiate same-sex marriages

Mar 2, 2020 by and

After a same-sex wedding tested the limits of ambiguity in Illinois Mennonite Conference policies, delegates voted to allow pastors to officiate such weddings at the conference’s annual business meeting Feb....

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Issue was a new low

Feb 10, 2020 by

The Jan. 27 issue reached a new low. The same-sex marriage supported by First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana, Ill., is not a “natural” step of inclusion. Quite the contrary. It is unnatural, against...

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Beyond harm and loss

Feb 10, 2020 by

Words of apology and confession last month showed Mennonite Church USA has come a long way ­toward accepting LGBTQ people as equal members of the body of Christ. The apology came from Rebecca Stoltzfus,...

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Conservative Brethren exploring separation

Feb 3, 2020 by and

A conservative movement of congregations may depart the Church of the Brethren this year in what the recently named Covenant Brethren Church says is an effort to help churches prioritize biblical authority and...

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Group recommends retiring MC USA Membership Guidelines

Jan 28, 2020 by

A Mennonite Church USA advisory group is recommending “retiring” the denomination’s Membership Guidelines and adopting a “healing practice of nondiscrimination” regarding LGBTQ people. The...

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Support for couple natural step in Ill. church’s inclusion

Jan 27, 2020 by

A flock. A family. Branches sprouting from the vine. The bride of Christ. One body. A city on the hill. Scripture is full of meta­phors for congregations and the people who compose them. Laura Brenneman, a...

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Goshen College graduate to coach in Super Bowl

Jan 27, 2020 by and

As Katie Sowers prepares to make history as the first female and first openly gay person to coach in a Super Bowl, Goshen (Ind.) College has released a statement apologizing for discrimination she experienced...

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Out of the closet

Mar 18, 2019 by

Thank you for “Pink Menno Grandmother’s Activism Came Naturally.” It’s time for us Pink Grannies to come out of the closet, and this article gives us a starting point. Alta Mellinger Goshen,...

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Show mercy like Jesus

Oct 5, 2018 by

A common perception is that Christians lack compassion, humility and kindness. Fair or unfair, the impression has stuck that we in the church often resemble the biblical Pharisees. One commentator refers to...

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Statement calls for wider welcome while affirming traditional teaching on sexuality

Oct 1, 2018 by and

A group of pastors and leaders in Virginia Mennonite Conference is inviting other pastors and leaders in Mennonite Church USA to sign a statement meant to bridge the gap between traditional and progressive...

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Longhurst: Controversy defused

Sep 24, 2018 by

It was big news in Canada when the Supreme Court denied an appeal by Trinity Western University to have a decision against its law school overturned because of the university’s stance against...

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Change without a bang

Sep 4, 2018 by

As a child, one of the things that fascinated me about Mennonites of the past was dress, particularly the head covering. What would it have been like to be marked, physically, by your religion? To have people...

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MCC policy excludes

Jul 30, 2018 by

Contrary to our hope that the national boards of Mennonite Central Committee would remove language that marginalizes the exquisite gifts and denies full participation of LGBTQ+ Anabaptist Mennonites, we are...

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Waiting for decades

Jul 16, 2018 by

At 93, I’m trying to wrap up some of my end-of-life business. One of my efforts over the last 40 years was to try to understand the LGBTQ issue and how it fits into our church dialogue and theological...

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Precious in God’s sight

May 7, 2018 by

Heard any good prophecy lately? Not the kind that predicts the future. The kind that awakens the moral conscience, rebukes sin and energizes hope. Mennonite Church USA has received just such a prophecy this...

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Panel calls for ‘cultural shift’ to prevent abuse

Apr 16, 2018 by , , and

LANSDALE, Pa. — After two years of work, the Mennonite Church USA Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention presented their observations and recommendations, notably regarding noncredentialed leaders, to the MC USA...

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Longhurst: Lessons from a long-ago conflict

Feb 26, 2018 by

Although I am Canadian, I’m a bit of a U.S. Civil War buff. For a long time I’ve been fascinated by that terrible war — how it started, the military strategies and campaigns, the lives of ordinary...

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Longhurst: The end of ‘Sola Scriptura’?

Oct 23, 2017 by

Here in Canada, as in the United States, one of the biggest issues dividing the church is homosexuality. Churches are leaving Mennonite Church Canada over it. In British Columbia, I was told that as many as a...

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New Mexico church calls first openly LGBTQ lead pastor in MC USA

Sep 19, 2017 by and

Albuquerque (N.M.) Mennonite Church has called an openly LGBTQ person to be their lead pastor, becoming the first congregation to do so in Mennonite Church USA. The church of about 150 attenders announced...

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No asterisks for us

Sep 11, 2017 by

At the Mennonite Church USA convention, attendees were asked by a worship leader to move from a diseased and disordered love — the church’s long history of putting an asterisk by its love — to a...

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Miller: Back after 26 years

Jul 31, 2017 by

I was a delegate to the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando, Fla., July 4-8. I last attended a denominational convention in 1991, when the Mennonite Church gathered at the University of Oregon. Much has...

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Did the Future Church Summit silence conservatives? No

Jul 25, 2017 by

As I try to process my experience at the Mennonite Church USA Future Church Summit in Orlando, Fla. — and especially as I think about the events of the delegate session — scenes from my son’s teen years...

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My denomination continues to swing left

Jul 19, 2017 by

We delegates at the 2017 Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando met for an initial four-hour session and then a concluding one-hour session. In between those sessions, a number of non-delegates joined us...

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LGBTQ advocates make the most of greater acceptance

Jul 17, 2017 by and

ORLANDO, Fla. — From official seminars and an inclusive worship service to direct involvement in the Future Church Summit, LGBTQ participation and presence at the Mennonite Church USA convention reflected...

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