One of the significant tenets of the Anabaptist/Mennonite faith is that of community. Community is that gathering of people wherein one feels that deep sense of connection and belonging, like a body held together with tissue, ligaments, muscle, organs and fluids all working together for health and well being. The apostle Paul said that when one part of the body suffers, or conversely is honoured, then it impacts the whole body. My hope is that this blog can give expression to a part of the Anabaptist/Mennonite community that has suffered, the LGBT or Queer members of that body.
This is a place to share stories and reflections of being Anabaptist/Mennonite and Queer, as experienced within the embodied experience of our communities. Hopefully this virtual community, mennoQmunity, can help to facilitate deeper listening and appreciation for the full body of Christ.
Currently Mennonite Church Canada, and it’s constituent Area Church Conferences, are in the midst of discerning LGBTQ degrees of “worthiness” regarding participation and inclusion. As part of the LGBTQ Christian community, we know how ridiculous and pain inducing that whole endeavour is, for we know our intrinsic value in the eyes of God, as ones created in the image of God. We are part of God’s good diverse creation. We know we are gifted and equipped to carry out and participate fully in God’s reconciling mission in the world.
Patiently enduring and forbearing with our straight brothers and sisters in Christ, who are at various places in regards to this reality, is part of our cross to bear as we pursue peace and justice in the rhythm of God’s generous grace. This too, is part of participating in the larger ministry of God’s reconciling love. While we were yet enemies of God, God’s pursuing love went to the cross to overcome hatred and human divisions.
This forum is to share our diverse voices and those of our allies. The thoughts and stories reflected here are of those who share them and are meant to invoke thought, reflection, discussion, service and growth as we travel this path of faith and life as part of the body of Christ in this world.