For discussion

November 24, 2010 | Feature | Number 23
Canadian Mennonite |

1. In what ways are the people of your congregation involved with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)? Which generations are most involved? How high are the feelings of support and loyalty towards MCC? Do you know Mennonite churches that do not support MCC?

2. Was anyone you know involved in the New Wineskins discussions? Why do you think it didn’t become a “hot topic”? Are you comfortable with the structural changes that MCC is implementing? Does it concern you that MCC in Canada accepts millions of dollars in government money?

3. At the conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, MCC was told that Mennonites around the world did not want to join a global MCC, as it would be “imperialistic.” What was the message for North Americans? Do you support leaving MCC as a North American organization?

4. Should we be concerned about the disparity between the helper and the helped? Should MCC maximize donations by telling lots of feel-good stories that emphasize noble helpers? What do you think about Earl Martin’s comment that MCC needs to “take a humble stance”?

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