Walking towards risk

The Mennonite Church Canada annual assembly begins today in Waterloo, Ont. This assembly will continue work on a document on discernment and will also undertake a conversation on human sexuality. The latter will be “a risky and challenging conversation,” in the words of general secretary Willard Metzger in a May 30 Canadian Mennonite article (“Others are watching closely”).

I commend the denomination for taking the risk. The conversation is necessary and important. There was surely pressure to have it, but leaders can often find ways to avoid or postpone potentially divisive discussions. I’m grateful for Metzger’s words:

In MC Canada, our leadership, through deep Scripture study and prayer, has discerned that it is, in fact, the job of the church to walk towards risky and challenging matters with joy and confidence. Assured of God’s Spirit in our midst, discerning difficult topics is the responsibility of the church.

And he is also right when he says  that others will be watching how God’s people respond to the world around them and to one another.

2 thoughts on “Walking towards risk

  1. … and of course God is always watching how all people respond to the world around them and to one another! 🙂 As much as we need to ‘take care’, there is certainly a time and place for ‘take risk’. Sometimes those “potentially divisive conversations” end up serving to edify, liberate, and unify…but we never know unless we take the risk, right?

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