How much have funding losses affected Future Directions?
We have heard that the Future Directions process came primarily due to funding issues. We have also heard that it was not about funding, but about renewing vision. And we have heard that people have been laid off due to budgetary constraints. Although the messages about Future Directions may have been so confusing, there must be funding issues.
I have heard, unofficially, that the funding losses were due primarily to congregational giving. At a different time I heard they were due primarily to individual gifts to Mennonite Church Canada. Which is it?
Why is MC Canada not more forthcoming about how severe the funding issues are, and where they are, or are not, coming from?
R. Victor Klassen, New Dundee, Ont.
Repentance is the ‘best future direction for MC Canada’
In the opening paragraph of his page 16 article, Will Braun mentions a funding crisis, sliding attendance and shifting cultural contexts as reasons for a restructuring of the national church. In his Viewpoint article on page 13, he states that only 322 delegates out of a possible 761 attended the session in Saskatoon.
I think we are reaping the fulfillment of Romans 1:18, 24. As Mennonite Church Canada has persisted in its pursuit to conform to Canadian societal norms, members who believe Romans 12:2 have withdrawn their financial support and have shunned the area and national churches.
In an editorial some months ago, Dick Benner mentioned an alliance of Mennonite evangelical churches. This alliance has grown out of churches that withdrew from MC U.S.A. They deliberately subscribe to the Bible, the Word of God, as inerrant and infallible in the original languages.
I suggest the best future direction for MC Canada is to repent of the sin of not taking God at his word, and of condoning and promoting lifestyles diametrically opposed to the explicit Word of God, and that we turn to faith and practices reflecting the kingdom of God here on Earth.
Bonnie Friesen, Grunthal, Man.
‘Grief’ feature ‘resonated’ with reader
Re: “I should ask Dad” feature, Jan. 2, page 4.
The article resonated with me, and I appreciated it. It was well-written, on a subject—grief—that can be difficult to articulate, but definitely worth discussing.
I have a copy of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s book Death: The Final Stage of Growth that I bought in 1976, mostly because this was required reading for a course I took at D’Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y., as part of my nurse’s training. She was the commencement speaker for my graduation from D’Youville in 1979. She spoke eloquently, encouraging us to not fear, but to have hope. I often think about her belief that there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance—I remember them as DABDA—and I tend to agree with her.
Every person deals with grief differently. Knowing our Saviour certainly helps the grieving process.
Laurene Nickel, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
Laurene Nickel is a member of Niagara United Mennonite Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake.