For discussion

April 13, 2011 | Feature | Number 8

1. What aid agencies do the people of your congregation support? Do Mennonites in Canada see Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as primary or just one of many agencies? How strong is the connection between MCC and the people in the pew? Does your congregation distinguish between the work of your provincial organization and the national or international parts of MCC?

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2. Robert J. Suderman argues that the Wineskins process clarified some important questions about how MCC operates. How important is it for Mennonite institutions to clarify these types of questions? How concerned are you that “internal administrative complexities” and “cross-border tensions” remain in MCC? Can sharp differences in opinion be interpreted as passionate concern?

3. Is this generation of Mennonites more critical of Mennonite institutions than the former generation? What are the advantages and disadvantages of large church institutions?

4. What would you list as the top achievements of MCC? What are its strengths and weaknesses? Should MCC Canada continue to work with multi-denominational organizations such as Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Kairos? What should the relationship be between MCC and Mennonite World Conference?

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