A revelation!

This week I am at the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly in Waterloo, and the text we are working with in worship and bible study is Revelation 21 and 22. We’ve been thinking about faith with symbols like lambs and light and the city of God. What did it mean to be for John the writer of Revelation to be faithful in the time of the Roman empire?

What kind of revelation are we getting today? Today we spent time in our delegate sessions discussing the issue of sexuality. More specifically we discussed how we want to discuss sexuality in the coming years. Issues like cohabitation, divorce/remarriage and same-sex unions will be on the table. From the discussion, it’s clear that we are not in agreement yet. Will five years of discussion bring us to agreement? I don’t think it’s likely.

I was struck by Lydia Harder’s words to the delegate body. We may not be able to agree but we can love each other. We can love each other even when we disagree about important things. She is speaking out of the hard work that she and her husband Gary and many others did at the Toronto United Mennonite Church, over issues of inclusion. Loving each other even when we disagree about important things. I think that’s a revelation.

This week’s prayer: Thank you God for loving us, and putting us together in churches where we can learn how to love each other.

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