The Old Fool is Cheered

Recently the MC-USA let it be known that it was not going to judge conferences or congregations on the matter of credentialing pastors. That matter was to be left to the discernment of conferences and congregations. While some will no doubt understand this to be a liberal decision, it seems more of a conservative trend to this Old Fool. Even  the old Mennonite Church of the past preferred not to rule on matters of faith and practice.

Now the most recent tmail from TheMennonite reports that Western District Conference has chosen to retain the ministerial credentials of a minister who has performed same sex marriages with the approval of her congregation. The conference will add a note to her MLI that she has performed such marriages which is at variance  to conference policy.  This is helpful information.  Some congregations will want the services of that kind of minister.  It can be a note of honor.

It is the Old Fool’s memory that the denomination is at its best when one congregation’s decisions are respected by other congregations. A Congregation is closer to its people and the issues confronting it when decisions must be made. The Old Fool is cheered because it seems that the denomination is moving toward health. It will be wonderful if the dissenters ultimately join in the joy of unity and wholeness.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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