People identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer have long faced stigmatization and discrimination in many North American Mennonite churches and institutions. But during the past decade, two parallel denominations, Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, have been moving sporadically but irrefutably toward policies of inclusiveness. These changes within several Mennonite groups, which have been accompanied by intense controversy and schism, signify substantial developments in Anabaptist faith traditions. Until the early s, when profiles of LGBTQ Mennonite individuals began appearing in a few publications, Mennonites were rarely visible in histories critiquing homophobia and heterosexism. Snowball sampling—that is, the practice of following leads gleaned through personal contacts—yielded forty-four seminary-trained LGBTQ leaders across the U.
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What kind of directives do Mennonites get from their main denominational doctrinal statement concerning homosexuality? A recent news article reports that several churches in the Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA will bring a resolution to their annual conference assembly that assumes clear directives. The resolution will require the conference to name the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective CofF as stating the official position of the conference. Chances are that the resolution will not pass.
A number of statements and resolutions have been made by the various main Mennonite churches in North America: 1. MC USA in the year Its task was to:. They concluded:.
Their beginnings were marked by persecution, while the church itself has long been a proponent of peace. And while there are many divisions of Mennonites also called Anabaptists , most agree on the core tenets of Christianity. Here are 10 things you should know about Mennonites. Simons became a Catholic priest at about 24, but had doubts about some Catholic teachings. He said he did not believe infant baptism was in the bible and studied the works of theologians Martin Luther and Heinrich Bullinger.