Mennonites prioritize peace
MC Canada report
Delegates from across Canada met at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, June 5–7 for the 10th annual meeting of Mennonite Church Canada. The theme was “living inside out” (Colossians 3:12–17).
Peace and discernment were top discussion issues. Delegates voted unanimously in favour of a proposal calling MC Canada churches to “commit to publicly engage one local/regional [peace-related] issue per year for the next four years.” General secretary Robert J. Suderman’s paper on “being a faithful church” generated discussion: the direction of the paper was affirmed as a guide for the church in matters of unity and diversity, human sexuality, and other concerns.
Area churches reported on growth in their communities, many citing opportunities provided by newcomers to Canada.
MC Canada chief financial officer Randy Wiebe reported a $200,000 deficit driven by a loss in revenue, largely the result of donation reductions, a drop in bequest revenue, and investment loss.
After presentations, discussion on how frequently to meet indicated delegates still prefer annual gatherings.