It’s a great blessing to learn from those who are different than you and be together as one, said Derek Parenteau at the 88th convention of the Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Feb. 22–23, 2019, at Glencairn Church, Kitchener, Ont. Plenary speaker at the event, he serves among Indigenous people near Parry Sound, Ont.
The agenda was full – with reports, workshops, worship, and three sermons – and so it clipped along, with next to no discussion from the floor. For all its efficiency, however, the 78th convention of the Ontario Conference of MB Churches, held at Port Rowan MB Church Feb. 20–21, 2009, had a strong spirit of interactive engagement about it. Calls of “Amen” and “That’s right” were occasionally heard from the delegation of 155 and, from the podium, the news this year seemed mostly good.