Mennonite World Conference assembly roundup

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August 12, 2015 | Feature | Volume 19 Issue 16
<p>Members of the Mennonite-Anabaptist family from around the world gathered July 21 to July 26, 2015, in Harrisburg, Pa., U.S.A., for the 16th assembly of Mennonite World Conference. To learn more about the event, click on the links below. (Jim Cheng photo)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Walking with God and each other (overview)

Video series: Charting Walks with God
 

Worship services

MWC PA 2015 opens with celebration, call for walking together

Speakers share doubts from their settings, journeys

Praising in painful times

Testimony of a church-conflict casualty

Mukawa calls for reconciliation with God, others

Confession and forgiveness part of loving your neighbour

Assembly called to wrestle with independence and community

Calls for action in mission and evangelism

Love means taking initiative to do good, Cavey tells MWC assembly

To see the videos of these sessions, go the PA 2015 site: http://pa2015.mwc-cmm.org/watch-live

News

Music brings unity at world conference

MWC youth program supported by MC Canada

Global Youth Summit calls young people to share gifts

Global Church Village invites visitors to leave their mark

Women gather to explore global network

General Council fosters interdependence in global communion

First Anabaptist World Cup offers time for fun

At MWC assembly, MCC cans vegetables for first time

Assembly location a good choice

PA 2015 attenders seize opportunity to build MDS houses

Visa stories and surprises

Getting youth to World Conference four years in the making 

Historians address Nazi influence on Mennonites
 

Opinion

Humility over hubris

A historic moment

First thoughts of a first-time Mennonite World Conference participant 

Having second thoughts (and 3rd, 4th, 5th…) about Mennonite World Conference

MWC assembly was an amazing experience

 

For discussion

1. Mennonite World Conference has been meeting regularly (more recently about every six years) for the last 90 years. What are some of the blessings that come out of these international experiences? How important is it to have large assemblies where many people gather?

2. As well as Europe and North America, MWC assembly has been held in Brazil, India, Zimbabwe and Paraguay. What are the advantages and disadvantages of holding MWC assembly in North America? How much is paternalism still a major problem? Do North Americans assume they know how to do things better?

3. Mennonite World Conference is an organization of churches while Mennonite Central Committee works to provide relief from suffering, development and peace training. How much should the work of MCC be tied directly to international churches? How could the churches of MWC do a better job of sharing their gifts and resources?

4. What vision do you have for the future of Mennonite World Conference?

—Barb Draper

Members of the Mennonite-Anabaptist family from around the world gathered July 21 to July 26, 2015, in Harrisburg, Pa., U.S.A., for the 16th assembly of Mennonite World Conference. To learn more about the event, click on the links below. (Jim Cheng photo)

 

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