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					8     Canadian Mennonite July 12, 2010

                                 MCC plans for
                         global change        Leaders aim to include diverse groups

                                       Story and Photo by Celeste Kennel-Shank
                                                              For meetinghouse
                                                                Akron, PA.

               ennonite Central Committee         the boards for proposed changes. MCC           everything to do with MCC,” Tshimika
               (MCC) is changing how it           expects most major changes to happen in        said of the consultation. “MCC is on a
               does its work, but not the         2012.                                          journey of how they listen to the rest of
    work itself.                                                                                 the world, but it’s becoming more than
      That’s how Arli Klassen, MCC                The meaning of global                          just listening.”
    Binational executive director, described      Proposals suggest the council’s board             Lloyd Miller of Goshen, Ind., a delegate
    MCC’s process of streamlining and             be composed of three people each from          body member, hopes the new MCC
    shifting areas of responsibility among its    MCC Canada, MCC U.S. and Mennonite             system would be welcoming to MCC
    member organizations. Klassen shared          World Conference (MWC), as well as             organizations outside of North America
    the current models for those changes—         two members-at-large.                          that might wish to join. “We will fulfill
    which she said are set in “gelatine”—at          In the midst of these changes, MCC          our mandate when MCCs around the
    the June 11-12 meeting of MCC’s bi-           is looking at what it means to be global       world are equally involved in decision-
    national delegate body. “If there’s enough    beyond the fact that it works in 60 coun-      making,” he said.
    heat, they can melt, and we can re-form       tries. MCC is one of 30 service agencies          Anabaptists from around the world
    them,” she said.                              participating in the Global Anabaptist         have been increasingly participating
      Beginning in January, a joint board         Service Consultation from Aug. 6-9 in          in funding MCC’s work: MCC had a
    team—with representatives from the            Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The event will          considerable increase in the past year in
    MCC U.S., Canada and binational               explore the level of interest in developing    donations from countries outside Canada
    boards—has been providing overall             a global service forum, network or other       and the United States without fundrais-
    leadership to design and transition teams     entity of MWC member churches and              ing for that money. For example, a total
    that are proposing changes for the New        related groups.                                of $1,300 for work in Haiti came from
    Wineskins process. They are 
Description: That's how ArIi Klassen, MCC Binational executive director, described MCCs process of streamlining and shifting areas of responsibility among its member organizations. Klassen shared the current models for those changeswhich she said are set in "gelatine"- at the June 11-12 meeting of MCCs binational delegate body. "If there's enough heat, they can melt, and we can re-form them," she said."It has nothing to do with MCC and everything to do with MCC," Tshimika said of the consultation. "MCC is on a journey of how they listen to the rest of the world, but it's becoming more than just listening."MCCs theology is the theology of the churches participating in it, [Don Peters] said. MCC adopted MWCs "Shared Convictions" as its faith statement. "It doesn't answer the question, 'Is Jesus the only way?'" Peters said. "What it does say is, Jesus is Lord. Jesus is Saviour. Jesus is reconciler. And we, as Christians, are agents of the reconciler and agents of reconciliation as we witness to Jesus."
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