This article was originally published by Mennonite World Review

Guidelines’ future

The Membership Guidelines Advisory Group says: “While we recognize that MC USA does not have the authority to require conferences and congregations to adopt this policy, we invite them to join in this healing practice of non­discrimination.” If this panel truly desires healing, I suggest dropping the self-righteous word “nondiscrimination.” It implies one side is right and the other is wrong.

In the same issue, columnist Mi­chael A. King describes the richness that imperfect people can offer if they are “true to their truths.” We are all imperfect. We all discriminate as we deal with the world around us. Sometimes we even change our opinions. Accusations of discrimination do not contribute to the learning process of our spiritual journey.

Ruth Anne Abraham
Austin, Texas

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