It’s Official. Mennonite Church USA Officially Caves on Marriage

(Juicy Ecumenism) Membership Guidelines in place for 20 years that prohibited Mennonite Church USA pastors from officiating same-sex marriages have been repealed.

The May 29 move by the historically Anabaptist denomination’s Delegate Assembly meeting in Kansas City, Missouri followed an earlier unanimous vote by the 10-member Executive Board on April 16 to send a proposed resolution to “retire” the guidelines. Anabaptist World has coverage of the assembly here.

“Pastors holding credentials in a conference of Mennonite Church USA may not perform a same-sex covenant ceremony. Such action would be grounds for review of their credentials by their area conference’s ministerial credentialing body,” the now-retired Membership Guidelines read.

Delegates voted 404-84, or 82.8 percent in favor, to retire the Membership Guidelines, according to Anabaptist World. A subsequent vote of 267-212, or 55.7 percent in favor, approved a “Repentance and Transformation” resolution, written by the Inclusive Mennonite Pastors group. That resolution confessed harm to and affirmed the spiritual gifts of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people and commits to inclusive actions to “embody a theology that honors LGBTQIA people and relationships with all future MC USA theological statements”.

The Mennonite Church USA is significantly smaller than mainline Protestant churches, but remains the largest Mennonite denomination in the United States and…to continue reading click here.

Editor’s Note. This article was written by Jeffrey Walton and published at Juicy Ecumenism

5 thoughts on “It’s Official. Mennonite Church USA Officially Caves on Marriage

  1. “embody a theology that honors LGBTQIA people”
    It’s a damned shame that the Mennonites did not choose to embody a theology that honors God.

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  2. This has been a long time coming but it really is a tragedy to see previously Godly denominations go off the rails like this. Now the countdown starts for the MB (Mennonite Brethren) denomination.

    I think the Achilles heel of Anabaptists is their tendency to interpret the entire Bible through the lens of Matthew 5-7 (The Sermon on the Mount) which leads to a great deal of confusion when it comes to their understanding of other portions of Scripture. In a lot of ways, the Mennonites aren’t so much a denomination based off of creed or a clearly distinct theology but rather, they are a denomination based off of modifying the existing spiritual sensibilities of the culture with a “peace church” twist.

    Hopefully it serves as a warning to other churches that once you compromise on scripture there is no end to the compromise and that theology matters just as much as the practical aspects of Christianity.

  3. Caving to the culture is easy to do, but for those who follow the Word . . . it spells compromise and decline and the wide road to destruction.
    Matthew 7:13
    “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:”

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