Canada delegates OK biennial assembliesBy Dan Dyck Mennonite Church Canada
WATERLOO, Ont. — The Mennonite Church Canada Assembly in 2012 will mark the start of a two-year cycle of national church gatherings.
While the motion to make this change passed with a strong majority at Assembly 2011, some delegates were not enthused about meeting biennially.
However, they did understand the financial impact of annual assemblies and the related demands on staff. Diminished personal connections and fewer opportunities for churches to host an assembly were noted concerns.
Joanne Moyer noted the environmental impact of meeting annually. “It costs a lot to the environment every year, so it is also a creation care issue,” she said.
Less clear to some is the decision’s impact on youth assemblies, which already occur biennially. Delegates heard that there are no plans or resources to produce a youth assembly next year, so the next youth assembly would not occur until 2014.
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