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Looking back, looking forward

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The most discussion came on the motion to offer "missional coaching" to MC B.C. congregations, with 20 percent of the cost covered by each participating congregation, and 80 percent by drawing $50,000 from the Mountainview Fund.The presence of indigenous peoples was very much a part of the sessions. Brander McDonald, MC B.C's indigenous relations coordinator, began by reminding everyone of the history of the local land, saying, "Thank you to the Matsqui people for letting us be on their territory." McDonald asked for continuing dialogue between the Mennonite community and indigenous people, saying, "We don't want to be talked about. We want to have a conversation with you."Special speaker for the evening was Stuart Murray, author of The Naked Anabaptist, speaking on "Singing the Lord's song in a strange land." Noting that in the post-Christendom era, in which the church is no longer central and dominant, Anabaptist Christians, with a history of being a minority, should be particularly equipped to adjust to the changes. "Embrace a vision of social and cultural transformation, rather than our own interests," Murray said. "There is great opportunity when there is interest in an unknown story."

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