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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Comfortable in their skin

Jul 17, 2017 by

From 2015 to 2017, Mennonite Church USA conventions changed drastically. Two years ago at Kansas City, debates over how to handle diverse views about LGBTQ people in the church cast a cloud of tension over the...

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The future (Mennonite) church

Jun 28, 2017 by

I’ve been told to come to the Mennonite Church USA Future Church Summit with a smile, ready to make new friends. And I will. I basically smile all the time anyway; that’s just how my face looks. Honestly,...

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Distance no obstacle for Central District’s growth

Jun 26, 2017 by and

Central District Conference’s geographical range may continue to expand as congregations prioritize polity over geography in realignment. Three congregations seeking to transfer from other Mennonite Church...

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Allegheny Conference to license LGBT pastor

Feb 20, 2017 by

Allegheny Mennonite Conference on Feb. 15 announced it will license for ministry a Maryland pastor who “is a member of the LGBTQ community and married to her partner.” The conference approved a request to...

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An honest challenge to LGBTQ-non-affirming Christians

Feb 6, 2017 by

As a former “Side B” (the belief that a Christian with same-gender attraction should remain celibate) gay Christian, and a former-former “Side X” (the belief that a Christian should not experience...

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Mary’s song: ordained for mercy

Dec 23, 2016 by

This is an edited version of a sermon Isaac Villegas preached Dec. 11 at the ordination service for Theda Good at First Mennonite Church of Denver. Good is the first openly LGBT person ordained in Mennonite...

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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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Why not ‘liberal’?

Sep 26, 2016 by

You seem to have dropped “liberal” from your vocabulary, favoring “progressive” instead. That is a mistake if you want to broaden your audience among the array of Mennonite groups. “Progress”...

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Impossible dream?

Sep 12, 2016 by

Are Mennonites trying to do the impossible? Maybe, but we shouldn’t give up. We are just beginning to test new ways to live with disagreement on sexuality and to build unity. A couple of positive new...

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