The Canadian MB study conference coming up later this month, in Saskatoon, is an opportunity “to re-establish our commitment to Christ as our Lord, as the only way, as our centre,” says executive director David Wiebe.
It’s not that this commitment has ever been in doubt, he says, but sometimes, as a denomination undergoes changes or faces (as it does today) “constant pressure” from a pluralistic culture, “it’s good to go back to the basics.”
One approach to such pressure is to put up defenses, says Wiebe. Another is to “point to Jesus – how utterly magnificent and all-encompassing he is.” Then, he says, “the uniqueness falls into place.” The latter approach underlies this conference.
Thomas Yoder Neufeld of Conrad Grebel University College will present three lectures on aspects of Christology (Christ as wisdom, as peace, and the “utterance” of Jesus as Lord). Then, led by Gil Dueck of Bethany College, participants will interact around the texts of these presentations. There will also be workshops.
One of the workshops – on atonement – drew so much interest from initial registrants that conference organizers decided to make it a plenary presentation and discussion. The other workshops will now run concurrently in a later slot.
At press time, some 130 people had registered for the conference. Event planner Michelle Penner says there is ample room for more people to attend. For further information or to register, contact Michelle at 1-888-669-6575 or see www.mennonitebrethren.ca/service/events/.
The MB Herald report of the study conference will not appear until the December issue. We will, however, provide an online “journal,” similar to our journals for events such as MWC Assembly 15, for those who wish to get a sense of the conference as it unfolds. See www.mbherald.com for Community/Event journals.—Eds.