"MCC has never represented all Mennonites," said John A. Lapp, former executive director of MCC. "At certain times and places MCC can speak with some authority. But I think we should be modest about it and not expect everybody to fall in line."The Amish tend to be religiously tolerant, which works well with MCCs approach, [Ken Sensenig] said. "The Amish can work across some of these divisions within the church because they're secure in their own identity of Amish faith, and they don't feel a need to make others like themselves," he said. "Every MCC entity with an Amish community within 20 miles should have a visible hitching post."CPT, which formed in the mid-1980s, and MCC have had a relationship that has had tense moments but has also benefited both, said Perry Bush, professor of history at Bluffton University, Ohio. The two organizations have collaborated much while each has sought ways to be prophetic, work for justice as well as peace, and balance long-term relationships with response to crises. "CPT became a very good conversation partner to MCC," Bush said. "CPT, in some ways, has the freedom to push the edge of advocacy in a way that MCC doesn't."
MCC has ‘a place for everyone’ For 90 years, relief agency has shaped Mennonite identity, witnessed to world By Celeste Kennel-Shank For meetinghouse Akron, PA. ‘How is it that such a diverse here are multiple stories of how Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) began. One tells of clan as ours supports MCC so Clayton Kratz, a young man who went to Russia, strongly, to suspend our fixation Ukraine and Turkey, to attempt to distribute aid to starving people in 1920, but disappeared and was on differences to work together?’ never found. (Herman Bontrager, Another details how Mennonites worked with the U.S. government to finally deliver relief supplies begin- MCC Binational board chair) ning in 1922. For some people, MCC started when Peter J. Dyck, who was saved from starvation by that aid, and his wife Elfrieda Klassen Dyck led Russian Mennonite refugees Canadian Mennonite July 12, 2010 5 Photos From mCC.org weB gAllery In scores of countries and communities around the world, MCC workers have been blessed to be gathered around a bounteous table of sharing, a table prepared by our Lord Jesus Christ, at which all are welcome. Opposite page: Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), 1993; abov
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