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CCMBC Statement re: Nutana Park Mennonite Church

by CCMBC Communications

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

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tedd tribe January 30, 2015 - 5:29 pm

This issue clearly has split society and church denominations. Without commenting on the advisability of making a nay or yay decision, I pose one question: where will those who support (only) man/woman marriage attend church if the present momentum continues?

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Lois Millsap February 11, 2015 - 5:28 pm

I am one of the people who wrote regarding this issue.

Thank you for your response to where M.B. Conference stands regarding this matter.

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Truth Teller October 17, 2018 - 11:57 pm

As a gay person myself who used to be a part of the Mennonite Brethren denomination growing up as a child, I left the church altogether as an adult because the church didn’t support same sex relationships or marriage (and still doesn’t even now). I will never support a church that does not respect who I am. The Mennonite Brethren church’s position against the LGBT community is shameful and on the wrong side of history. Many, many people like myself have left the church because of this issue and many more will continue to do so. My own father works for the MB Church and has chosen still to believe his church’s position on the issue rather than believe his own son, which has brought great distance in our relationship for years.

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Christ follower always July 25, 2019 - 8:09 pm

Though we know that fellow believers in Christ will not accept this statement, I will none the less make it. Jesus Christ has forgiven my sins, He lives in me, He is my Lord and I walk with Him and trust Him daily. My husband believes exactly as I do.

To be succinct I must say that I was married to a woman for 36 years but I failed in maintaining my commitment to her. After many failed attempts in developing emotionally intimate relationships with a man, I eventually met the man who is now my husband. We both accepted Christ as savior years before meeting. In fact, my educational training lead me to become an evangelical pastor but a deep sense of personal shame forced me to leave the ministry.

I’m not attempting to make a justification for same sex marriage but after divorce from my wife it was my daily prayer that God would lead me to meet the right man. In 2014 I met the man who became my husband in 2015. Knowing that we could not marry in the church we attended (a Mennonite Brethren Church), we were fortunate that a United Church Pastor agreed to marry us.

As a couple we submit to Christ daily through prayer and by the way we live our daily lives. We regularly attend a church and are not open about the nature of our relationship. If asked we would be honest but we realize that once disclosed we would likely be challenged to repent or leave the the church.

I fully understand why evangelicals believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. I also know that I believe in Christ 99.9% the way as most evangelical Christians do. Point one percent of a difference will not cause me turn my back on the faith that is so important to me. I refuse to become a bitter former Christian because there is a line of demarcation on one crucial point.

I commend the church in Saskatoon for taking the heat by performing a marriage ceremony for two same sex men.

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