Pick a category of people at the Mennonite Church USA convention, and you could identify their pain.
It might have been the pain of exclusion due to sexual orientation. Or of feeling the church has agreed to tolerate sin. It might have been the pain of sexual abuse. Or of concern for the future of a church sharply divided on how to relate to sexual minorities.
“I’ve never been at a convention with so many tears, and I’ve been to quite a few,” said Dorothy Nickel Friesen of Newton, Kan., on July 4, the convention’s last full day.