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Assembly 2009 to take place at the University of Saskatchewan

   
 


   

October 24, 2008
-Deborah Froese

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Mennonite Church Canada’s delegate Assembly 2009 will take place at the University of Saskatchewan from June 5 to 7. The theme is Living Inside Out (Col. 3:12)

The theme calls God’s chosen people to clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience as they live according to the word – characteristics that shape the “inside” and inform the “outside.”

Delegate discernment sessions, worship, seminars and the Kids Assembly will all take place in one location – the Education Building. The University of Saskatchewan dormitories are situated just 600 meters away and offer plenty of affordable lodging.

For those who prefer hotel accommodations, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Park Town Hotel on Spadina Crescent, a 2 km walk from the meeting facility. Local volunteers will also be arranging billets with local church members, who are reportedly eager to host their brothers and sisters from across the country.

An on-campus shuttle service will be provided for those with mobility difficulties, and another shuttle service will be provided between the Park Town Hotel and the Education Building.

Although there are few restaurants within walking distance of the campus, the University Food Services Department has provided a variety of well-priced options for catered meals.

The Assembly will close on June 7 with a Sunday morning worship service to which local congregations are invited.

For 2009 only, the Youth Assembly will not be held in conjunction with the adult delegate assembly. Pam Peters-Pries, Executive Secretary of MC Canada Support Services attributes this to timing. “The Mennonite World Conference will be holding an assembly in Asunción, Paraguay at the time we would normally schedule our delegate assembly. We believe a large number of our constituents with connections to Paraguay may wish to attend the World Conference. To avoid scheduling conflicts, we felt it was prudent to schedule our Canadian delegate assembly for an earlier date.”

Peters-Pries says staff and other planners struggled with the decision to hold the assemblies separately but felt that this was ultimately the most appropriate way to accommodate everyone. The Youth Assembly will take place in Caronport, Sask. from July 6-10, 2009.

It’s not too early to volunteer, said Peters-Pries. Saskatoon and area residents who are interested in helping to prepare for and assist at the assembly can contact: Pam Peters-Pries at or at 1-866-888-6785, ext. 102. Watch for more Assembly details as they become available at: www.mennonitechurch.ca/tiny/695