2015 WDC ANNUAL ASSEMBLY

October 30-31, 2015,
at Bethel College, North Newton, KS

“Held Together in Christ”
(based on Colossians 1:17)

The Annual Assembly provided rich opportunities for fellowship and for discerning together where God’s Spirit directs us now and for the future. Among other business, delegates acted on the RESOLUTION / ESPAÑOL RESOLUCIÓN that was presented by Rainbow Mennonite Church at the 2014 Assembly and has been processed by the Discernment Task Force since then.

Post Annual Assembly Letter from Conference Minister and Moderator

Publicar Carta Asamblea Anual del Ministro Conferencia y Moderador

Glimpses from Annual Assembly 2015.

Assembly Minutes / Approved 2016 Budget / Election Results / Certified Delegates

Acta de la Asamblea / Aprobado 2016 Presupuesto Resultados / Elecciones / Delegados Certificados

Actions taken at WDC Delegate Assembly, October 31, 2015:

  1. Delegates approved by a 72% vote the resolution from Rainbow Mennonite Church. 185 delegates voted yes, with 30 of these noting that they oppose same-sex relationships. 72 voted no, with four of these noting they affirm same-sex relationships.   The resolution is as follows:

Be it resolved that the Western District Conference of the Mennonite Church USA, out of respect for the responsibility and commitment “to seek to understand and interpret Scripture in harmony with Jesus Christ as we are led by the Holy Spirit in the church,” upholds the right of individual congregations to discern how homosexuality will be subject to Biblical interpretation, and

Be it further resolved that pastors, with the affirmation of their congregations, consistent with Mennonite polity, and without fear of censure, may officiate or refuse to officiate ceremonies that consecrate before God monogamous, life-long unions, regardless of the sexual orientation of those being united.

  1. Persons were elected to serve in WDC positions (some are new to these positions and some are continuing):

Executive Board – Norma Duerksen, Kristen Swartley

Gifts Discernment Committee – Ryan Koch, Jane McNair

Ministerial Leadership Commission – Peter Goerzen, Brad Roth

Resource Commission – Katherine Goerzen, Ann Hiebert

Stewardship Commission – Leanna Ediger, Stephen Hochstetler

Church Planting Commission – Veronica Robles, Lee Suderman

  1. A budget of $577,050 for 2016 was approved. This includes funding for the new Church Planting Commission, and continuing staff support for church planting, congregational resourcing, and the resource library.

The Mennonite: WDC approves “Rainbow resolution”

Mennonite World Review: WDC: Same-sex marriage won’t bring censure

FEEDBACK SURVEY/ENQUESTA FEEDBACK

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS) COVER LETTER
Preguntas más frecuentes Carta de Presentación

RESOLUTION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)
Resolución Preguntas más frecuentes

2016 PROPOSED BUDGET
PROYECTO DE PRESUPUESTO 2016

SCHEDULE & BREAKOUT SESSIONS
PROGRAMAR Y SESIONES INTERACTIVAS

2015 BALLOT
2015 BOLETA

English Poster          Cartel Español

REPORT BOOK:  Read it here!   ENGLISH             ESPAÑOL

TREASURER’S REPORT:  ENGLISH            ESPAÑOL

RESOLUTIONS POLICY:  Resolutions must be submitted a minimum of 120 days prior to Annual Assembly (in 2015, that date is June 30).  Send to:  WDC Executive Board, PO Box 306, North Newton KS  67117

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