The national gathering of Mennonite Church Canada, held every fourth year, is scheduled for July 29-Aug. 1 in Edmonton, Alta. The event will “re-examine what it means to share and hear stories of the gospel of peace.”
With the theme “We Declare: What We Have Seen and Heard,” the event will take place at Holiday Inn Edmonton South.
“Across Mennonite Church Canada, the idea of sharing the Good News elicits strong reactions, from ‘I owe my life to the person who invited me to faith in Jesus’ to ‘I can hardly say the word ‘evangelism,’ ” said Doug Klassen, MC Canada executive minister.
“We need to have a nationwide conversation about communicating our faith and to nurture each other in how we bear witness to the gospel of peace in tumultuous places and times.”
Speakers engaging the theme of witness and evangelism will include John Boopalan, assistant professor of biblical and theological studies at Canadian Mennonite University; Cheryl Bear, a musician, speaker and teacher from Nadleh Whut’en First Nation; and Kara Carter, lead pastor of Wellesley Mennonite Church in Ontario.
The event will overlap with Amplify, the national youth gathering, scheduled for July 31-Aug. 4 at Camp Valaqua in Water Valley, Alta.