Help for delegates who report on Charlotte
2005 to their home congregations
In this section you will find reports in written form that were delivered
by various persons at Charlotte 2005. We hope this will provide a tool
for delegates who are asked to report to their home congregations. Some
items can be used ‘as is.’ Others are scripted presentations
that may be adapted to suit local congregational needs. At the Charlotte
assembly, these items were referred to as “Stories of Healing &
Hope.” Each one offers a reflection of a core value as represented
by congregations and area conferences of Mennonite Church Canada.
Form Summary of Charlotte 2005 [12KB RTF file -
Help with RTF files]
Sunday Worship Material
by Gordon Allaby [18KB RTF file - Help
with RTF files]
- pastor, Osler MC, Sask., on why he has chosen to be Mennonite
on the Healing & Hope [34KB RTF file - Help
with RTF files]
- doing things together better than alone: focuses on resources
& Hope ministry of the Mennonite Heritage Centre Art Gallery
[1,410KB PPT file - Help with PPT files]
- Best with high speed internet.
- A 5-7 minute PowerPoint presentation
conjoined twins [26KB RTF file - Help
with RTF files]
- A reflection by Dan Nighswander on his 8 years of service to Mennonite
Church Canada, and his hopes for the future of Mennonite Church
can’t get there from here [11KB RTF file - Help
with RTF files]
- A reflection on healing and hope in Israel from the Glenn Witmer,
Witness worker in Jerusalem, as presented by Willard Metzger.
God Active in Vietnam? [11KB RTF file - Help
with RTF files]
- A report on the persecution of Vietnamese Mennonites, and the
growth this church is experiencing, by Gordon Janzen, as presented
by Jack Suderman.
- Healing & Hope: God in the news. Stories of God’s
work in the world through Mennonite Church Canada
- Healing & Hope: The importance of perseverance and commitment
with the wider church [3,720KB PPT file - Help
with PPT files]
- A report on progress regarding one of Mennonite Church Canada’s
priorities on Partnering with the wider Church (link to) PowerPoint
- Where will
our pastoral leaders come from in the future? [15KB RTF
file - Help with RTF files]
- Part time pastor and teacher, Kevin Peters Unrau testifies to
the importance of Mennonite education for the future of the church.
- Roses in the Rubble: Janet Plenert, executive director
of International Ministries told this illustrated story about Javier,
a Colombian Mennonite pastor who was tragically killed by a bomb while
waiting for a bus in Bogotá, Colombia.
Archived Audio Reports
A good way to get current summaries of assembly proceedings is through
the reports from the Listening Committee. Other audio reports may appear
here as they become available. Best with high speed internet.
- Canadian Delegate Sessions, Listening Committee Audio Report
#1, Wednesday, July 6, 9:20 am.
- The final Listening Committee Report [representatives:
Irene Crossland (Alberta), Ron Braun (BC), Nancy Bauman (Ontario)]
- Pepsi and Africa: Pam Peters-Pries and Mark Regier
of Meritas (Socially Responsible Investments) present a report about
how Mennonite Church Canada’s pension plan influences corporate
investment in Africa and the AIDS pandemic there.
- Youth delegates report to adult delegates on some
of their assembly experience: Jacquelyn Janzen (Grace MC, Prince Albert,
Sask.) reports first, followed by Peter Edgar (Listowell MC, Ont.)
(Grace MC, Prince Albert, Sask.)
(Listowell MC, Ont.)
Assembly Week Updates
MPress Extra (Canada)
In addition to MPress, here you may find supplementary news, information,
and photos specific to Mennonite Church Canada delegate sessions and activities.
- Saturday, July 9
- Friday, July 8
- Thursday, July 7
- Wednesday, July 6
- Tuesday, July 5
Daily News from Charlotte 2005, the daily news sheet of the
joint Mennonite Church Canada/Mennonite Church USA assembly.
9 - all MPress news for Friday, July 8
8 - all MPress news for Friday, July 8
7 - all MPress news for Thursday, July 7
6 - all MPress news for Wednesday, July 6
5 - all MPress news for Tuesday, July 5
Live Streaming Assembly Audio
Complementary audio features from the assembly will be available live
to on-line listeners through Goshen College’s radio station, 91.1
The Globe, Tuesday through Friday, at 10:15 am and 2:15 pm, EST (same
as CST in summer, since Indiana does not observe daylight saving time).
for live web streaming.
Feedback about news and other coverage
of Charlotte 2005
Mennonite Church Canada Report Book
Program Book (excerpts)
Congregations and area conferences have been invited to submit in advance
resolutions for consideration by the delegate body. No resolutions have
been submitted to date.
At Assembly 2004 a resolution presented by delegates from the Rosemary
congregation was discussed and tabled by action of the delegate body,
with instructions that the General Board should pursue conversation with
the congregation about the issues (see 2005 Report Book, p. 6, Resolution
2). There have been several interchanges, but the congregation has declared
its desire to disassociate from MC Canada (while retaining membership
in MC Alberta) and does not wish to have further discussions at this time.
The resolutions committee proposes that the discussion on “Definitions
and Expectations of Membership in MC Canada” (2005 Report Book pp.
71-72) provides a setting to discuss the issues at the heart of the tabled
resolution, and that the proposed Faith and Life Committee should be the
forum over time for addressing other concerns raised in and by that resolution.
If you are an adult registering for Charlotte 2005, please read on. Please
note that the information for adults available at www.charlotte2005.org
has been developed specifically for Mennonite Church USA registrants.
Only the online registration system available on that website is applicable
to Canadian adults. Other information may not apply to adult registrants
from Mennonite Church Canada.
If you are a youth or youth sponsor attending Charlotte, find out more
out hotel costs on a chart (all prices in US dollars, don't
register directly with the hotel, you won't get the "convention"
- Download the Charlotte
2005 Registration Form [505 KB PDF file - Help with PDF files]
- NEW - Now includes a map. (December 16, 2004)
- For online registration click
here. This will link you to the online registration system
developed by Mennonite Church USA. Read the registration instructions
carefully. Then click on “Canadian adult” at the bottom
of the page to access the correct form and to ensure that you pay the
fees that we have negotiated for Canadians attending Charlotte. The
fees that you will see are the Canadian fees converted to US dollars,
as the online registration system can only handle US currency.
If you have any questions about adult or delegate registration, please
call 1-866-888-6785 and ask for Karen or Pam, or email:
- For youth and youth sponsor registration, click
- Delegate Certificates. Please register your delegates
for Charlotte 2005:
July 4 - 9, 2005
Charlotte, North Carolina
- Mennonite Church Canada
- Mennonite Church USA
- Youth Assembly
Can't Keep Quiet:
"We cannot stop telling about the wonderful things we have seen and
heard." —Acts 4:20 NLT
Letter of invitation from Dan Nighswander and Jim Schrag:
the invitation [83 KB PDF file - Help with PDF files]
that was included with Equipping
More information will be posted as it becomes available.