Community Mennonite Church invites all people to attend worship and to participate fully in the life of the church.
In 2010, Community began an examination of human sexuality and its relationship to this invitation. After worship services and conversations spent dwelling in the Word—specifically, Jesus’ healing of Bartimeaus (Mark 10:46-52)—we felt that God was calling us to:
- Enrich our prayer practices as a community
- Follow Jesus in our relationship to persons who are gay or lesbian
- Respond to invitations from the Holy Spirit
For us, this passage was an instruction to recognize our own forms of blindness and, through spiritual discernment, to try to see from others’ perspectives. This includes many different perspectives within our congregation, within our denomination, and the worldwide body of Christ. We are not seeking to discern the question of church membership for other congregations, but for our own, and in a way that holds close to heart the minds and souls of everyone within our body.
After three years’ work and prayer and study, we adopted not a label or a policy but a statement. Throughout the process, our prayer practices were strengthened, and we met together well to discuss many things. We responded to the invitations of the Holy Spirit, in worship and song, in the study of scripture, and in work within the community. The statement we adopted was the product of all these; it is not a declaration or a call to action, but a recognition. We want our conversations to continue.
To read the statement, click here.