We want to serve and be engaged with our neighbors but we are less sure about what exactly this means. Rather than starting our own projects many expressed an interest in partnering with individuals and organizations that have values similar to our own. We want to be a welcoming presence and resource that responds to the concerns of the neighborhood.
The word “community” means different things to different people. It can mean our neighborhood, our congregation or our denomination. Many in the congregation value our Mennonite and Anabaptist identity. We seem disappointed but not uncomfortable with being excluded from the Mennonite Church USA. We look forward to the day when GMC is a natural part of MCUSA but we do not place a priority on using our resources to work our way back into the conference.
GMC Emerging Priorities