Pink Mennos and conventions IIby Ruby Lehman, Harrisonburg, Va.
I look forward to attending the Mennonite Church USA convention in Pittsburgh. I was disappointed to read the editorial in the May issue that suggests Pink Mennos caused serious problems at the convention in Columbus. They have been grossly misrepresented by those who are afraid Mennonite Church USA may become inclusive of sexual minorities.
At Columbus 2009, I heard many positive comments about the respectful, nonconfrontational behavior of this group. I did witness several encounters by youth pastors confronting these people in a disrespectful manner at the MennoNeighbors booth. I also witnessed two young Pink Mennos being accosted and verbally abused in the empty concourse one night.
As an 80-year-old grandmother, I will take my stand with the marginalized, hoping to see a Mennonite church that welcomes all to the table in my lifetime.
Associated Issue: Mother mourning - May 2011
Associated Article: Unconventional conventions?
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