For discussion: A biblical and better way

Questions for reflecting on and discussing the feature article, "A Biblical and Better Way" (Jan. 19, 2015 issue) 

January 14, 2015 | Feature | Number 2
By Barb Draper |

1. How has our society’s attitude toward same-sex relationships changed in the past 20 or 30 years? Who or what has contributed to this shift? How much has the church changed its attitude on this issue?

2. For several years, Mennonite Church Canada has been involved in the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) process and it has turned out that the people and congregations of MC Canada do not agree on how to interpret the Bible on matters of sexuality. Is it possible that we can agree to disagree? How much is this a congregational issue and how much a national or area church issue? Have we been showing humility and patience in this discussion?

3. The BFC task force says feedback to the BFC 5 document shows the majority of Mennonites affirm the denomination’s historical documents on sexuality, but they also want to be more compassionate and welcoming to those who are same-sex attracted. Is this similar to the position taken by Ron Sider?

4. Christians in the Global South tend to have more traditional theological views. As we struggle with the implications of same-sex marriage, how much should North American Mennonites listen to Mennonites from around the world?

—Posted Jan. 14, 2015

See also: "A Difficult Debate"

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