CCMBC Statement re: Nutana Park Mennonite Church

SASKATOON—On New Year’s Eve 2014, Nutana Park Mennonite Church in Saskatoon made national headlines by being the first Mennonite church to publicly officiate a same-sex wedding in Canada. In the ensuing days, Canadian Mennonite Brethren leaders received numerous inquiries wondering why one of our churches had participated in this wedding ceremony.

Nutana Park Mennonite Church is not a member of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. Nutana Park is a constituent congregation of Mennonite Church Canada, a sister denomination with separate leadership, governance and polity.

The Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches is committed to our confessional position, which states that marriage is a covenant relationship intended to unite a man and a woman for life.

We want to pray for the leadership of Mennonite Church Canada as they work through this challenging issue. We pray for their faithful application of and obedience to God’s Word as they seek to communicate and express God’s love and truth to all people.

We invite all Mennonite Brethren to attend our biennial study conference, “God, Sex and Church: A Theology of Healthy Sexuality” to be held October 21–23, 2015, in Winnipeg.

Willy Reimer,
CCMBC Executive Director

Brian Cooper,
Chair, Board of Faith and Life