There’s nothing like talk of peace to stir up conflict. Fifty-seven pastors and conference leaders heard presentations on Mennonite Brethren history, the church, and pastoral ethics at the Pastors Credentialing Orientation (PCO) at MBBS-ACTS in Langley, B.C., June 8–11. But it was Doug Heidebrecht’s second session on the Confession of Faith, dealing with article 13, “love and nonresistance,” that awoke lively discussion in the sleepiest time-slot of the day.
Mennonite Central Committee is changing how it does its work, but not the work itself. That’s how Arli Klassen, MCC executive director, described MCC’s process of streamlining and shifting areas of responsibility among its member organizations at the June 11–12 meeting of MCC’s binational delegate body.
More than 500 Mennonite Brethren gathered in B.C.’s Lower Mainland July 12–17 to mark the denomination’s 150th anniversary with academic papers on identity and mission, presentations from binational institutions, business sessions for the Canadian and U.S. conferences, and plenary addresses from international speakers.
At the recent B.C. MB Conference convention, delegates questioned the treatment of MB seminary professor Mark Baker. The B.C. conference executive had written a letter challenging Baker’s critique of penal substitutionary atonement. Baker had responded with a letter in which he clarified his position and apologized for failing to communicate more clearly.