For discussion

May 31, 2010 | Feature | Number 11
Canadian Mennonite |

1. What is the relationship between the Mennonite Brethren and Mennonite Church Canada congregations in your community? Do you agree that the relationship between the MBs and other Mennonites has changed over the years from one of tension to cooperation?

2. The Mennonite Brethren split from the rest of the Mennonites because they wanted renewal. Can you think of other examples where a push for spiritual renewal led to tension and splits? Do you think such divisions are inevitable? Why is it so hard for Christians to live in unity?

3. John J. Friesen suggests that switching to the use of English changed the MB relationship to other Mennonites. What other reasons do you think there might be for better cooperation in later years? How important is the difference in the mode of baptism?

4. What could MC Canada congregations learn from the MBs? Many MBs have taken leadership in government. Is this an effective way to influence society?

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