WDC Gatherings

2018 ANNUAL ASSEMBLY

July 27-28, 2018
Three central Kansas locations!
Friday, July 27: 
Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton, KS

Saturday, July 28:
Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge, KS
Sunday, July 29
All are invited to worship at
Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Goessel, KS,
where Bryan Moyer-Suderman will be speaking and singing.

RESOLUTIONS POLICY:  Resolutions must be submitted a minimum of 120 days prior to Annual Assembly (in 2018, that date is March 29).  Send to:  WDC Executive Board, PO Box 306, North Newton KS  67117

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FALL 2017 REFERENCE COUNCIL

Saturday, October 28, 2017 (8:45 am – 2:30 pm)
WDC Office, 2517 North Main St, North Newton, KS 

Members of WDC elected leadership groups (Executive Board, Gifts Discernment Committee, Church Planting Commission, Ministerial Leadership Commission, Resource Commission, and Stewardship Commission) are invited to attend the WDC Reference Council.  (Note:  In contrast to recent years’ theme-focused Reference Council gatherings open to all interested WDC members, the focus of this Reference Council is just for the elected leadership groups and staff.)

The session will begin with check-in and beverages at 8:45 and a mid-morning snack and lunch will be provided.

This Reference Council will focus on building relationships, equipping and collaborating for ministry, and planning for the year to come in light of what our vision and mission calls us to.

You are encouraged to attend in person.  We also realize that travel time and expense makes this difficult for some members.  Please contact WDC if you need additional assistance with these arrangements.  We are also planning to provide “Zoom” video-conference connections for at least one of the plenary sessions, though this will not be feasible for small-group breakout and interactive sessions during the day.

RSVP by October 25 to:  wdc@mennowdc.org or 316-283-6300

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2017 ANNUAL ASSEMBLY

August 4-6, 2017
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Arlington DFW South
1507 North Watson Rd
Arlington TX

“Rooted and Built Up in Christ”
Colossians 2:6-7

DELEGATE SESSION MINUTES/APPROVED BUDGET/ELECTION RESULTS/ CERTIFIED DELEGATES

ACTAS DE LA SESION DE DELEGADO / PRESUPUESTO APROBADO / RESULTADOS DE LA ELECCION / DELEGADOS CERTIFICADOS

ANNUAL ASSEMBLY EVALUATION/FEEDBACK FORM

FORMULARIO DE EVALUACION / COMENTARIOS DE LA ASAMBLEA ANUAL

Press release:  At the Annual Assembly of the Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA, August 4-6 in Arlington, TX, conference delegates received a statement by the WDC Executive Board opposing Texas Senate Bill 4.   Set to take effect September 1, Senate Bill 4 bans local law enforcement agencies from adopting “patterns or practices” that limit cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The WDC Executive Board statement lists specific reasons for opposing SB4, based on the belief that the Gospel calls for social justice. The statement concludes, “The Executive Board of the Western District Conference of the Mennonite Church USA laments the passage of this law characterized by rejection, discrimination, and racial profiling and urges that this law be rescinded.  Furthermore, we urge the Western District Conference, the Mennonite Church USA, and all faith communities to stand in solidarity with our Hispanic-Latino/a brothers and sisters and with other people of color in the rejection of this law and the mindset which has created it.”

The full statement is HERE.  For more information contact Western District Conference at wdc@mennowdc.org or 316-283-6300.

Comunicado de prensa: En la Asamblea Anual de la Conferencia del Distrito Oeste de la Iglesia Menonita de EE.UU., del 4 al 6 de agosto en Arlington, TX, los delegados de la conferencia recibieron una declaración de la Junta Ejecutiva del WDC oponiéndose al Proyecto de Ley del Senado de Texas. El proyecto de ley 4 prohíbe a las agencias locales de aplicación de la ley adoptar “patrones o prácticas” que limiten la cooperación con el Servicio de Inmigración y Aduanas de los Estados Unidos.

La declaración de la Junta Ejecutiva del CMD enumera razones específicas para oponerse a SB4, basada en la creencia de que el Evangelio requiere justicia social.  La declaración concluye: “El Consejo Ejecutivo de la Conferencia del Distrito Oeste de la Iglesia Menonita de los Estados Unidos lamenta la aprobación de esta ley caracterizada por el rechazo, la discriminación y el perfil racial, e insta a que esta ley sea rescindida. Además, instamos a la Conferencia del Distrito Occidental, a la Iglesia Menonita de EE.UU. ya todas las comunidades de fe a que se solidaricen con nuestros hermanos y hermanas hispano-latinos y con otras personas de color en el rechazo de esta ley y la mentalidad que ha creado eso.”

La declaración completa está AQUÍ. Para más información comuníquese con Western District Conference al wdc@mennowdc.org o al 316-283-6300.

WDC 125TH ANNIVERSARY – READER’S THEATER PRESENTATION

10 Reasons Why Attending Western District Conference Mattered to Me
by Dorothy Nickel Friesen

Delegate agenda & proposed actions

Orden del día de los delegados y acciones propuestas

Ballot       Balota

2016/17 Financial Report      Informe Financiero 2016/17

2018 Proposed Budget                2018 Presupuesto Propuesto

Workshops          Talleres

REPORT BOOK              LIBRO DE REPORTE 

DELEGATES/VOTING/FLOOR PRIVILEGES:  Congregational representation at Delegate Assembly shall be by delegates selected and certified by their congregation.  Each congregation is entitled to one vote at Delegate Assembly for every thirty members or any fraction thereof.  No congregation may cast more votes at Delegate Assembly than it is entitled to on the basis of its membership.  The right to vote is restricted to delegates, who may carry more than one vote.  A congregation’s votes cannot be carried by delegates of another congregation.  Floor privileges are granted to all WDC delegates.  At the moderator’s discretion, floor privileges may be extended to other persons attending Delegate Assembly.

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FALL 2016 REFERENCE COUNCIL

October 22, 2016 (9 am – 3 pm)
Iglesia Luz del Evangelio,
1524 Dowdy Ferry Rd.
Dallas Texas

“Held Together in Mission: 
Being Church in the Urban context”

  • Scripture reflections by Lois Barrett, Professor of Theology and Anabaptist Studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
  • Storytelling from urban congregations in WDC.
  • Table conversation:  How do you define ‘urban?’ How is your congregation and WDC impacted by urban realities? Where is God at work in the city? What is your vision for the urban church? What gifts do urban congregations offer to WDC and the wider church? How can urban and rural congregations learn from each other as partners in God’s mission
  • Lunch included, with freewill contribution encouraged help cover expenses

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2016 ANNUAL ASSEMBLY

July 29-30, 2016
at Bethel College, North Newton, KS
(Bethel College campus map)

“Held Together in Mission”
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.  Matthew 28:19a

ANNUAL ASSEMBLY MINUTES
ACTAS DE LA ASAMBLEA ANUAL

BALLOT
BALOTA

FOR DELEGATE APPROVAL (POSTED 05/26/16):
Proposed Change to Bylaw 5 of the WDC Constitution
DELEGADO DE AUTORIZACIÓN (PUBLICADO MAY 26, EL AÑO 2016):
CAMBIA PROPUESTO PARA EL REGLAMENTO 5 DE LA CONSTITUCIÓN DE WDC

REPORT BOOK
INFORMES

FINANCIAL REPORT
INFORME FINANCIERO

WORKSHOPS
TALLERES

MINI MUSIC FESTIVAL- SATURDAY, JULY 30, 7-9 PM
Concluding event at Annual Assembly
Open to the public – free admission – donations welcome!
Read musician bio’s here!

  • Krehbiel Auditorium
    7-7:45 pm – Four Times Harder (bluegrass/folk)
    8-9 pm  – Book of JEBB (bluegrass/folk)
  • Prairie Skies Stage (outdoor)
    7-7:30 pm – Flannelbacks (bluegrass/folk)
    7:45-8:15 pm  – Venegas Duo (guitar & violin, classical, jazz & folk)
    8:30 – 9 pm  – Y2OK (folk rock mix)
  • Krehbiel Science Center Foyer
    7-8:15 pm – Tom Szambecki (jazz piano and combo)
    8:30-9 pm  – Judith Mace (harp)
  • Mantz Library Lounge
    7-7:30 pm – Melissa & Bob Atchison (old time folk duo)
    7:45-8:15 pm – Dave Anderson (hammer dulcimer)
    8:30-9 pm – Rosewood Winds (woodwind trio)

DELEGATES/VOTING/FLOOR PRIVILEGES:  Congregational representation at Delegate Assembly shall be by delegates selected and certified by their congregation.  Each congregation is entitled to one vote at Delegate Assembly for every thirty members or any fraction thereof.  No congregation may cast more votes at Delegate Assembly than it is entitled to on the basis of its membership.  The right to vote is restricted to delegates, who may carry more than one vote.  A congregation’s votes cannot be carried by delegates of another congregation.  Floor privileges are granted to all WDC delegates.  At the moderator’s discretion, floor privileges may be extended to other persons attending Delegate Assembly.

RESOLUTIONS POLICY:  Resolutions must be submitted a minimum of 120 days prior to Annual Assembly (in 2016, that date is March 31).  Send to:  WDC Executive Board, PO Box 306, North Newton KS  67117

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SPRING 2016 REFERENCE COUNCIL

April 23, 9 am – 3 pm
at First Mennonite Church, 6714 West State Hwy 4, Beatrice, NE

“Held Together in Mission:
Being Church in the Rural Context”

SCHEDULE

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2015 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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2015 ANABAPTIST
FAITH FORMATION LAUNCH

Western District Conference (WDC) sponsored an Anabaptist Faith Formation Launch June 12-13 on the Bethel College campus in North Newton, KS.  The launch included times for worship and breakout sessions, where 14 different workshops were offered.

This event kicked off a focus on faith formation in WDC congregations. “Faith formation”,  says Katherine Goerzen, chair of the planning committee, “is an integral part of the church’s calling to equip the saints for the work of ministry.  We hope this launch will provide practical, meaningful ways for congregations to build on the good faith formation already taking place.”

The Anabaptist Faith Formation Network’s website was launched during this event:  http://www.anabaptistfaithformation.org/

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • What does Group Spiritual Formation have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation? (Karen Andres)
  • What does Technology and Social Media have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation? (Andy Brubacher Kaethler)
  • What does a Labyrinth have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation? (Gerry Epp and Annali Murray)
  • What do Youth and Young Adults have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation? (Rachel S. Gerber)
  • What does the Bible have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation? (Peter Goerzen)
  • What does Silence have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation? (Mary Herr)
  • What does the Work Week and Daily Life have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation?  (Jim Jantzen)
  • What does Aging in the Spirit have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation?  (Eric Massanari)
  • Resources for Faith Formation (MennoMedia and Jennie Wintermote)
  • What does Teaching Preparation have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation? (Rachel Miller Jacobs)
  • What do Children and Families have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation? (Shana Peachey Boshart)
  • What do the Arts have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation? (Laverle Schrag)
  • What does Music have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation?  (WDC Music & Worship Task Force)
  • What does Justice have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation?

For more information, contact Katherine Goerzen (katherine@complete.org).

EVALUATION FORM

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SPRING  2015 REFERENCE COUNCIL

The Western District Reference Council met on April 11 at Hope Mennonite Church, Wichita, KS. This gathering was an opportunity to hear the latest developments from Mennonite Church USA and continue ongoing discernment regarding the RESOLUTION from Rainbow Mennonite Church that will come before our Western District delegate assembly in October. The resolution deals with pastors performing same-sex unions.

Agenda

Worship

Table Response Sheets (3)

November 15, 2014 Reference Council Report

November 15, 2014 Reference Council Summary

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FALL 2014
REFERENCE COUNCIL

Reference Council Introductory Comments by Richard Gehring

Rainbow Introductory Letter and Resolution

Rainbow Resolution Background by Richard Gehring

Discernment Task Force Survey Report

Hispanic Pastors Declaration

Interpretative Comments by Jim Schrag

Report to Reference Council by Jim Schrag

Power Point Report to Reference Council by Jim Schrag

Comments by Patty Shelly

Reference Council Handouts

Themes Bubble up from WDC’s uncertainties on sexuality, governance, by Laurie Oswald Robinson

Reference Council was held on Saturday, November 15, from 9 am to 3 pm at Eden Mennonite Church, 401 18th Ave, Moundridge, KS.  Agenda included the release of the full report of the 20 question Discernment Task Force survey.

The Discernment Task Force of Western District Conference (WDC) is delighted with the strong participation in the twenty-statement online survey regarding human sexuality, polity, Membership Guidelines, Confession of Faith, and Scripture. There were 1,700 surveys returned, with 700 of those coming in during the last week in August. Comments from participants generated 500 pages of personal perspectives to sort through and categorize.

The WDC Executive Board appointed the Discernment Task Force to guide a year-long conversation across Western District Conference in response to a resolution brought by Rainbow Mennonite Church, Kansas City, in 2014. The resolution asks WDC to allow pastors and congregations “to officiate or refuse to officiate ceremonies that consecrate before God monogamous, life-long unions, regardless of the sexual orientation of those being united.” See http://mennowdc.org/conference-life/annual-assembly/#2014 for the full text of the resolution and its introduction at Assembly 2014 in Waxahachie.

Jim Schrag, Task Force chair reflected, “As our discernment moves forward, the first question appears to be, not whether WDC will maintain a basic polity of congregationalism, but rather what kind of congregationalism will it be? What kind of covenants do WDC congregations need with each other? What can congregations decide on their own?”

The WDC Reference Council meeting at Eden Mennonite Church on November 15 focused on these questions after receiving a full report of responses to the survey.

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2014 ANNUAL ASSEMBLY

“God With Us – Patient and Persistent”
JULY 4-6, 2014
LAKEVIEW CAMP AND RETREAT CENTER
5128 FM 66
Waxahachie TX  75167
www.lakeviewcamp.net

DISCERNMENT TASK FORCE
SURVEY

Western District Conference asks that members of WDC congregations (age 9th grade and up) participate in a 20-question online survey. This is the first step in a conference-wide conversation responding to the Rainbow Mennonite Church resolution asking for greater latitude for churches and pastors to determine their pastoral response to persons in same sex relationships.  Your participation is vital.
Click HERE for the survey; it can be done in  Spanish or English.

Rainbow Mennonite Church Resolution
and Discernment Task Force at Assembly 2014

2014 Delegate Minutes, 2015 Budget, Election Results, Certified Delegates

A brisk telling of God’s grand story
(Brad Roth, pastor of the West Zion Mennonite Church, Moundridge, KS,
prepared this readers theater version of the Bible
for Western District Annual Assembly 2014
held in Waxahachie, TX, July 4-6.
Brad Roth, Judy Harder, and Rosie Jantz
read it in the Friday night service.)

Annual Assembly Report Book
(English)     (Spanish)

WDC Ballot

Church Planting Commission Proposal (English)  (Spanish)

Leadership Commission Name Change Proposal

Rainbow Mennonite Church Resolution (English)  (Spanish)
For discussion only, no action.

WDC Constitution & Bylaws
(with proposed changes)

Proposed 2015 WDC Budget
2015 Presupuesto

2013 Financial Report
2013 Informe Financiero

WDC Policy Regarding Resolutions for Delegate Discussion and Action 12/2012
Resolutions must be submitted by March 3, 2014 to the Executive Board.

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2013 ANNUAL ASSEMBLY

AUGUST 2-3, 2013
BETHEL COLLEGE AND BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
NORTH NEWTON, KANSAS

Loren Johns Presentations:
Aug 2, 2013 Worship:  Shaped by God’s Story – The Bible and Anabaptist Interpretation
Aug 3, 2013- Morning Seminar:  Anabaptist Approaches to Scripture
Aug 3, 2013 – Afternoon Seminar:  Homosexuality and the Bible
Aug 3, 2013 – Worship:  Shaped by God’s Story: Work of the Discerning Community

Terry Shue Presentation:
Aug 3, 2013 Presentation at Delegate Assembly:  Mennonite Polity

Lois Barrett Workshop:
Mission of God and the Bible

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2012 ANNUAL ASSEMBLY

JULY 6-8, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

Minutes

English Report Book        Spanish Report Book

Press Reports:    THE MENNONITE        MENNONITE WORLD REVIEW

Eugene Thieszen’s sermon at WDC Annual Assembly – July 8, 2012
Chuck Neufeld’s sermon at WDC Annual Assembly – July 7, 2012

2012 WDC Annual Meeting Content:

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