Virginia Mennonite Conference

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Pastoral Consultation:

Sam Weaver shares about VMC’s history of navigation through some of the difficult issues during his tenure in the 1980s. (Photo by Jon Trotter)    Phil Kniss presents on unity -  A Church Worthy of Its Calling    Pastors engage in a table discussion    Panel discussion on MC USA resolutions    Nancy Heisey presents 6 Christian views of homosexuality    ECM Clyde Kratz makes some final comments at the conclusion of the Consultation    Craig Maven, lead pastor at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, gives a presentation on the intersection of the church and culture, and how it has changed over time. (Photo by Jon Trotter)

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One hundred pastors and credentialed leaders in Virginia Mennonite Conference gathered in November at Lindale Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, Va., for a three-day Pastoral Consultation, a time of intentional listening, sharing and discernment on “Same-Gender Attraction, Relationship, Lifestyle.”

This was the fifth in a series of five Virginia Mennonite Conference consultations that offered a space for input and conversations on issues in the church. The format included plenary sessions, table discussions, listening and responses as leaders sought to come to a greater awareness and understanding of each other and the mission of the church despite a variety of viewpoints.

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