Let’s Talk About the “Third Way”

If you have been reading recent statements by Mennonite Church USA leaders, or even engaging in more private conversations about the inclusion of LGBTQ people in the Mennonite church, you have heard the term “third way.” A lot. Coming from denominational leadership, third way seems to be code for status quo. Calls for people to…

Thoughts on “The Dialogue”

Last week I attended the Mennonite Church USA biennial convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Thanks to recent articles in The Mennonite and the Mennonite Weekly Review, I found myself in many discussions about the inclusion of sexual minorities in the church. I’d like to highlight three of the lessons I learned (or re-learned) about “the dialogue”…

For Randy–For Us All

Recently a colleague of mine was dismissed from his position on the bi-national Mennonite worship committee because he is “actively” gay.  That is to say that he married the man he loves and they live together in a supportive, committed relationship.  Somehow, in the eyes of my denomination’s leadership, this makes him unfit to serve…