Eastern District cuts ties with Germantown churchBy Tim Huber Mennonite World Review
Eastern District Conference of Mennonite Church USA has discontinued its liaison relationship with Germantown (Pa.) Mennonite Church.
The decision came by delegate vote at the conference assembly’s Nov. 10 business session in Souderton, Pa. EDC executive conference minister Warren Tyson said delegates voted by a one-vote majority to discontinue the relationship.
The liaison relationship was established 10 years ago, when Germantown was removed from EDC over issues of homosexuality. As part of the transition, an agreement was reached in which the church would continue with more informal ties, and the matter would be reviewed by delegate vote every five years.
“We deeply grieve that Germantown Mennonite Church is no longer in dialogue with Eastern District Conference, and we pray for a day when the body will be one,” said Germantown Pastor Amy Yoder McGloughlin. “We continue to focus on the things we hold in common with the conference and denomination, even as we do what we feel God has called us to — welcoming all people, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and ability.”
Other aspects of the assembly, including workshops and worship, were held jointly with Franconia Mennonite Conference.
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