Let us not further divide ourselvesby Rachel Hartzler, Goshen, Ind.
Regarding Mennonite Church USA's decision to hold Convention 2013 in Phoenix (February): I have listened to many of the concerns raised over these months of discernment and have observed that the Executive Board members were listening. We have had many months of opportunity to voice our opinions. Now that the decision has been made, I choose to believe that God's Spirit has been at work in the decision-making process. Let us not further divide ourselves over this but agree to disagree in love and seek to discover where God will lead next.
While I dearly love people who disagree on this issue, I am saddened by the labeling and name-calling and threats around this issue that sound a bit like our national rhetoric. Let us, who trace our theological roots to the Radical Reformation, continue to be radical in the way we love and respect each other, and let us be united in our endeavor to follow Jesus.
Associated Issue: Lawrence Hart's vision of peace - January 2011
Associated Article: Convention 2013 will be held in Phoenix
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