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Rosemary resolution 2004: Follow-up at Charlotte


Jeremy Bergen presented a Resolutions Committee response to a tabled resolution from 2004 at today’s Canadian delegate sessions.

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July 8, 2005
-Dan Dyck

Winnipeg, Man. — Jeremy Bergen, representing the Charlotte 2005 Resolutions Committee, today provided delegates with a response to a Winkler 2004 resolution submitted by Rosemary Mennonite Church. The resolution sought direction from Mennonite Church Canada for holding accountable congregations who are at variance with the Confession of Faith (see the complete Resolution #2.)

The intention behind tabling the motion last year, said Bergen, was to give “time for the leadership of MC Canada and Rosemary to process further the underlying issues.”

Despite subsequent conversations, Rosemary decided to withdraw from membership in Mennonite Church Canada and discontinue further discussions on the resolution or related issues.

“The fact that Rosemary has withdrawn does not affect the significance of the underlying issues,” said Bergen. “For this reason, we considered carefully how to best respect the intention of the resolution and to serve you, the delegates, by facilitating constructive discernment here together.”

An alternative resolution was to be proposed this year. Instead, delegates were asked to work at the underlying issues through two motions already on the agenda: discussions on the nature and expectations of membership will pick up on the issue of congregational accountability, and the proposed Faith and Life Committee may be charged with issues such as interpretation of the Bible, homosexuality, and accountability/polity issues.

“These issues are obviously urgent given the current circumstances of our life together as MC Canada,” noted Bergen. “However, we also note that these issues do not exhaust our call to be the church of Jesus Christ. And we pray that we do not lose sight of the urgency of our collective ministry both gathered and scattered, specifically the urgent need in the world for healing and hope in Christ.”