No one would call Shane Claiborne boring. Claiborne looks and sounds like an Old Testament prophet, sporting dreadlocks, boldly questioning wealth, and calling for justice for the poor. He makes a lot of people – including Christians – uncomfortable. So it’s not surprising that Claiborne’s selection as one of two keynote speakers scheduled for the U.S. Mennonite Brethren conference’s 2011 youth convention in San Antonio, Texas, (SA2011), raised questions among some constituents.
Nominated by a local church or mission leader for their ministry involvement, 19 post-college twentysomethings gathered in Fresno, Cal., from Mar.11–13, for a consultation on MB identity. MB Biblical Seminary, the U.S. MB Conference, and the Canadian conference partnered to bring together young people and conference leaders to “create conversation about things that really matter,” alongside representatives of the national boards of faith and life, and MB Mission and Service International (MBMSI).
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In order to better carry out the mission of preparing leaders of churches for the U.S. Mennonite Brethren Conference, among California’s Central Valley, and for the MB church worldwide, the structure of MB Biblical Seminary-Fresno is being transferred to Fresno Pacific University.
“If God met our needs in this magnificent way a year and a half out,” says Canadian conference event planner Michelle Penner, “we’re excited about what will happen as we gather together [in July for Celebration 2010].” The planning team includes Canadian conference executive director David Wiebe, communications director Cam Rowland, Penner, USMB executive director Ed Boschman, USMB administrative secretary Donna Sullivan Penner.
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President Jim Holm’s resignation in August was difficult for everyone at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary because of the key level of trust placed in him. Jim informed the board of his extramarital relationship and offered his resignation. The board acted quickly and appropriately in accepting that resignation.
The U.S. MB conference met in Hillsboro, Kan., July 26–27 under the theme, “Transition Point: From a proud past to a promising future.” The timing of the convention coincided with the 100-year anniversary of Tabor College, the first MB institution of higher education in the United States.