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A Time Line for the Transition of Mennonite Churches in Canada

Written by Keith Regehr, Transition Coordinator

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The Interim Council recently met at Toronto United Mennonite Church and approved an accelerated timeline for the transition of Mennonite churches in Canada.

Time is its own master. Only it knows when to shrink and when to stretch. Our nights and our days are governed by sunrise and sunset, by bursts of energy and bouts of exhaustion.

But our perceptions of time are real. When announced at Assembly 2016 that proposals for new structures would be brought to delegates no later than June, 2018, most ears understood that nothing would be presented sooner.

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Leadership for the Transition of Mennonite Churches in Canada

Written by Keith Regehr, Transition Coordinator

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Interim Council
Keith Regehr (Transition Coordinator), Aldred Neufeldt, Paul Wideman, Willard Metzger (MC Canada Executive Director), Dan Jack, Calvin Quan, Ken Warkentin, Peter Rempel, Lee Dyck

As Transition Coordinator, I want to communicate news and information as often as necessary and as clearly as possible about all that our transition entails. But I do not work in isolation. And, I fully anticipate missteps. I ask for grace from God and from you as I watch and listen for the Spirit to “show up” as I noted in another post on this site.

For those interested in such details, I share below the nuts and bolts of how and who I am working with on this giant project of being God’s church in a changing world.

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A Vision for the Transition of
Mennonite Churches in Canada

Written by Keith Regehr, Transition Coordinator

God loves the world and God is at work in the world.
God loves the church and God is at work in the church.

There are no truths more fundamental or more comforting. In some ways, there are no truths more discomforting. When the Spirit of God shows up, things happen. Ask Abraham about moving. Ask Peter about changing his mind about Gentiles. Ask Paul about a complete reorientation of life.

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Emerging Voices Initiative

Emerging Voices InitiativeEmerging Voices Initiative presented its first in a series of workshops to engage the community in the wider church’s Future Directions. Thank you EVI and Toronto United Mennonite Church for presenting and hosting the event!

Additional Ontario workshops were held in Waterloo and Leamington.

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God is at work:
Introducing Keith Regehr, Church Transition Coordinator

Keith Regehr

KEITH REGEHR
Photo by Matthew Lester, Lancaster PA

“God is helping us take apart what was, in order to build something new, so that we can engage the world in more effective ways,” says Keith Regehr confidently.

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Transition Coordinator Appointment

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Dear Congregational Leaders and Church Boards,
At the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly 2016, delegates passed the Future Directions Task Force final report and addendum that calls for a reimagining of how we are church together locally and nationally.

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Beginning the Transition

With the passing of the recommendations of the Future Directions Task Force, Mennonite Church Canada is entering a period of transition planning.

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