From July 3 to 6, 2014, Mennonite Church Canada held its biennial assembly, in Winnipeg, Man. Focusing on the theme, “Wild Hope: faith for an unknown season,” the church delegates and their families, church-wide staff and volunteers, along with international guests, worshipped together, discussed issues, participated in seminars, and connected with friends and acquaintances.
Coverage of the event includes:
Editorial: It’s the images that linger Assembly images and symbols that lodge themselves in our minds and spirits
Assembly feature: ‘Finding faith for an unknown season’ MC Canada ponders new ways to be unified.
For discussion: ‘Finding faith for an unknown season’ Questions for reflection and discussion of the feature article
Briefly noted: Sexuality has the ‘potential of taking us into fragmentation’ How theological conversations in North America could affect the “global mosaic” of Anabaptist around the world.
Seminar: The changing face of congregations In the face of an uncertain future, churches tell encouraging stories.
Seminar: Biblical visions of ‘wild hope’ Dan Epp-Thiessen finds ‘more and more strength and hope in God’s good future.’
Deconstructing stereotypes about Islam A relational ministry with people of another faith
Seminar: ‘There is abundance’ Young adults challenged to be generous
Seminar: ‘Jesus is with us’ in our creation-care efforts Environmental concerns stretch back nearly 40 years.
Delegate profile: Leon provides B.C. prof a paw to stand on The vital role of a service dog
Ministers conference: Prayer to heal the heart Pastor and psychologist teach pastors to ‘focus on Jesus, ask him for help, see what happens.’
Seminar: What exclusive allegiance to Jesus looks like in a pluralistic culture In a society of varying religious views, we should not be afraid.
Seminar: At least there is hope for a tree! Thinking about the ‘why’ questions along with the ‘what’ and ‘how’ questions
Delegate profile: Cancer buddies connect at assembly (web exclusive) Assembly 2014 is the first time Elizabeth Wall and Lorraine Reimer have met face to face.
Seminar: ‘Spiritual disciplines are not magic’ (web exclusive) Author/pastor April Yamasaki helps cultivate spiritual practices
Seminar: Sisters equipped to care for their sisters (web exclusive) A way for women to care for themselves and for other women.
Seminar: ‘We are all cousins’ (web exclusive) The Royal Proclamation of 1763 and relationships between settlers and native hosts.
Seminar: Subversive guest (web exclusive) How do Anabaptists live and share their faith in a post-Christian landscape?
Children’s assembly: A splashing good time (web exclusive) Children and junior youth connect assembly theme and water activities.
Young Voices: ‘There is a community of young people here’ Young adults reflect on their experiences at Assembly 2014
Young Voices: Live in colour . . . eat chocolate Films show how change can be liberating in life and in the church.
And more! Videos of the main sessions, the daily newssheets, a #mennopeg Twitter feed, and assembly documents can be seen on the website of Mennonite Church Canada.