Mennonite Church Canada is donating $50,000 to help Mennonite World Conference (MWC) meet its expenses for Assembly 2022 in Indonesia this summer, and is calling on its member congregations to help match the donation. “In keeping with Assembly 2022’s theme of ‘following Jesus together across barriers,’ our donation is a way to support our brothers and sisters in faith around the globe,” says Calvin Quan, moderator of MC Canada. Assembly 2022 will be held at Sangkakala Seminary in Kopeng, from July 5 to 10. Due to remaining COVID-19 measures, MWC is limiting on-site attendance to 1,250 people (up from an original limit of 500), compared to the more than 8,000 participants who gathered in Pennsylvania for Assembly 2015. Thousands are expected to attend Assembly 2022 online. Due to the limited number of guests, the income generated by on-site registration is much lower than in the past, while costs for running an online and in-person event remain the same. As a result, MWC issued a request to its member denominations for contributions to help MWC meet its event expenses. “We have raised over $300,000 in contributions to support the assembly, but we still need to raise about $500,000 to pay for all of the anticipated expenses,” wrote J. Ron Byler, MWC’s chief development officer, in the March request. To donate to the MWC Assembly Fund, visit mwc-cmm.org.
—Mennonite Church Canada / Mennonite World Conference