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Metzger calls new grad school “commitment to the radical discipleship”

   
 
   

Sept. 25, 2012
-Dan Dyck

Winnipeg, Man. — Willard Metzger, Executive Director of Mennonite Church Canada, paid tribute to the Mennonite church’s Anabaptist heritage and at the same time called for a renewed commitment to radical discipleship at the Sept. 19 launch of Graduate School of Theology and Ministry at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU).

In a context of global ferment, Metzger used the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement to illustrate society’s questioning of its appetites, calling on “economic systems, corporations and governments to do the same.” In this environment, he added, people “… expect the church to be a contrast to unbridled appetite.”

“This is an important initiative for CMU as well as for the Anabaptist church across Canada” he added, calling the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry “one more commitment to the radical discipleship of our heritage.  In this time of uncertainty, we need strong congregations and courageous pastors. We need audacious Anabaptist communities who are fearless in living out and proclaiming the gospel of peace.”