Mennonite University Considering Policy Change to Allow Homosexual Faculty

Mennonite University Considering Policy Change to Allow Homosexual Faculty

HARRISONBURG, Va. – A Mennonite university in Virginia is considering making a change to its current hiring policy to allow faculty members to be in same-sex relationships.

Eastern Mennonite University issued a news release on the matter last week, noting that it has decided to open up a 60-day listening period “to review current hiring policies and practices with respect to individuals in same-sex relationships.” President Loren Swartzendruber was authorized unanimously by the school board to design and oversee the process, which will begin in January.

“As a Christian university, it is our responsibility to engage in community discussion and discernment over issues that Mennonite congregations—indeed almost all denominations in the United States today—are wrestling with,” he stated at a recent staff forum. “One responsibility of leadership is to help define reality.”

More here:

http://christiannews.net/2013/11/25/mennonite-university-considering-policy-change-to-allow-homosexual-faculty/

RELATED:

Mennonite Church USA Same Sex Marriage Symposium
https://mennolite.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/mennonite-church-usa-same-sex-marriage-symposium/

The Conversation has begun
https://mennolite.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/the-conversation-has-begun/

UPDATE:

Two Mennonite Colleges Announce Hiring Policy Change to Employ ‘Married’ Homosexuals
http://christiannews.net/2015/07/22/two-mennonite-colleges-announce-hiring-policy-change-to-employ-married-homosexuals/

Hit by a Spiritual Tsunami in a Mennonite Brethren Church

The following is a recent experience one person had being hit by the present spiritual tsunami of deception where one would least expect it, in a Mennonite Brethren church….

“… I will share an experience of mine that took place in a Mennonite Brethren church. I had been looking to find a church in my new community. Being of the understanding (or so I thought) that Brethren churches seek to be of sound doctrine, I decided to attend one nearby. I went twice. I will address specifically what I encountered at a supposed bible study one evening.
I came through the doors into the lobby of this particular Brethren Mennonite church and noticed various types of chairs organized in a half hazard circle. Candles were lit as though to set some type of mood. It seemed occult like, something I had never experienced before in a church. I new nothing about the Emergent Church, Post Modernism theology, the COEXIST movement and so forth. I was taken by surprise…”

Read the rest of this person’s experience in a Mennonite Brethren church here:

THE HERETCIAL TSUNAMI COMING TO A CHURCH NEAR YOU
http://winnowmethis.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/lets-abide-in-the-gospel-and-not-heresy/

Read more posts here:

MB CHURCH AND THE SIDELINING OF JESUS
http://winnowmethis.wordpress.com/

Spiritual Formation Programs in Evangelical Seminaries and Colleges

Everything mentioned in the following expose can be found today in most Mennonite Brethren affiliated seminaries, Bible colleges, retreat centres, programs and churches. To understand why the growing spiritual formation movement should be resisted, please read…

The Growth of Spiritual Formation Programs in Evangelical Seminaries and Colleges
By John Haller
http://www.ericbarger.com/spiritual_formation_j.haller_4-2013.pdf

The evidence is mounting. Who will stand against the tide?

Mennonite Church USA Same Sex Marriage Symposium

The following are excerpts from a Mennonite World Review article about the recent Mennonite Church USA symposium on homosexuality in Newton, Kansas.

Page 1 begins:

NEWTON, Kan. — Contrasting views on same-sex marriage in the church highlighted a symposium on homosexuality Oct. 25-26.
Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA, which has seen eight congregations withdraw after a Kansas pastor officiated at the covenant ceremony of a lesbian couple, sponsored the event.
“The Church and Homo­sex­ual­­ity: A Conversation That Can Hold Us Together” drew 130 people to Faith Mennonite Church.
The main presenters were Keith Graber Miller, a professor of Bible, religion and philosophy at Goshen (Ind.) College, and David Boshart, executive conference minister of MC USA’s Central Plains Conference. Both are ordained pastors.
Boshart advocated welcoming gay and lesbian people in the church while not supporting same-sex marriage as a ministry of the church.
Graber Miller argued that same-sex relationships can be loving, pure, just and fruitful and that the church should bless and honor them…

-page 1, MC USA district airs contrasting viewpoints during homosexuality symposium

Page 3 continues:

Loving relationships

Graber Miller said there is no evidence that the biblical writers knew of genuine same-sex orientation. He said they condemned abusive acts but did not address loving relationships.
“Seven passages, including about 50 verses in the Old and New Testaments combined, deal with this issue, and in every case the context suggests idolatry, violent rape, lust, unnatural behaviors or exploitation,” he said.
“I believe the biblical passages dealing with same-sex sexuality are addressing something other than the loving, community-affirmed, covenant same-sex relationships we know today.”
The church has long acknowledged the reality of same-sex orientation, he said.
“Would it not be good to channel those orientations into loving, God-blessed commitments marked by monogamy and fidelity, supported and held accountable by bodies of believers?” he asked. “That would allow for sustainable, life-giving commitments in a way that hiddenness, denial and denunciation do not.”
Graber Miller called for MC USA and its conferences to allow congregations to dissent from the denomination’s stance on homosexual practice — an issue that he said is not at the core of Christian faith nor central to the Anabaptist tradition.
“I’m asking that conferences allow those congregations and their leaders who painstakingly and faithfully come to views divergent from what is considered the norm — divergences rooted in communal congregational discernment of Scripture with the guidance of the Holy Spirit — to be allowed to coexist alongside those with other views,” he said.

-page 3, MC USA district airs contrasting viewpoints during homosexuality symposium

Source: http://www.mennoworld.org/2013/11/11/mc-usa-district-airs-contrasting-viewpoints-during/

Related:

Canadian MB conference begins a discussion of sexuality
Canadian Conference of MB Churches http://www.mennoworld.org/2013/11/11/discussion-begins-canadian-mb-church/

The Conversation Has Begun https://mennolite.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/the-conversation-has-begun/

MCC and the Emerging Social Gospel

Last Saturday on November 2, Westside King’s Church in Calgary hosted Survival of the Weakest. Keynote speakers included Ron Sider (pioneer of the evangelical left), Shane Claiborne (new monastic Red Letter Christian), and various representatives from the Mennonite Central Committee, who came together to ‘discuss and examine God’s mission to renew all things’.

“Survival of the Weakest will create an environment to expose the systemic dysfunction that has co-opted the Church’s engagement in issues of freedom, peacemaking and spiritual formation…”

– Calgary 2013, Survival of the Weakest http://www.epiphaneia.ca/calgary-2013/

Survival of the Weakest is a project of a group called Epiphaneia Network. Many of the speakers at past Epiphaneia projects have been essential names in the emerging church and contemplative spirituality momement. These include Brian McLaren, Chris Seay, Donald Miller, Jim Wallis[1], Brennan Manning, Leonard Sweet, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove[2], and Rachel Held Evans, to name a few.[3] Contributors to their recent project, called Letters to a Future Church, also include emerging left contributors.[4]

To find the Mennonite Central Committee with Claiborne and Sider at Epiphaneia is not surprising. (Read Carl Teichrib’s research on the MCC at forcingchange.org)

Ron Sider[5] is considered to be one of the leaders of the Christian left that emphasizes social justice over the preaching of the gospel to save souls (such as Jim Wallis, Shane Claiborne, and Tony Campolo).[6] One of many examples include a recent warning by a network of evangelical leaders about global warming titled, “Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action.” Some of the signatories included Brian McLaren, Ron Sider, Jim Wallis, and Rick Warren.[7]

New monastic activist Shane Claiborne has often found an audience with the Mennonites. Just a few weeks ago he spoke at Canadian Mennonite University’s Peace-It-Together youth conference (October 18-20).[8] Claiborne’s controversial beliefs place him among “socialist, or “progressive,” Christians who advocate deeds and actions that they believe will achieve justice and peace upon the earth.”[9]

Once again we see that peace loving Mennonites are found on the same page with emerging, new monastic, progressive socialist leftist Christians. The contemplative element only helps to give a form of religious spirituality to this false gospel that is being delivered by false teachers. This new kind of Christianity may sound peaceful, but it is spiritually dangerous.

Endnotes:

[1] Jim Wallis and Shane Claiborne are Red Letter Christians. See:
What are Red-Letter Christians? http://www.gotquestions.org/red-letter-Christians.html
Repost: Sojourners Founder Jim Wallis’ Revolutionary Anti-Christian “Gospel” (and Will Christian Leaders Stand with Wallis)  http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=10201
Jim Wallis http://standupforthetruth.com/leaders/jim-wallis/
[2] Wilson-Hartgrove is a leader in the new monasticism movement: http://www.lightmagazine.ca/index.php?page=public.viewarticle&nArticlesID=961
Also see: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?tag=jonathan-wilson-hartgrove
[3] See list: http://www.epiphaneia.ca/past-projects/
[4] See book: http://books.google.ca/books?id=ZeC0W6edSvcC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false
Watch clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lf0ghU01KF8
[5] http://www.patheos.com/blogs/anxiousbench/2013/07/ron-sider-pioneer-of-the-evangelical-left/
[6] See: A Generation Adrift (Part 2), TA McMahon http://www.thebereancall.org/content/generation-adrift-part-2
[7] A Call to Repentance http://www.bereanpublishers.com/a-call-to-repentance/
[8] Shane Claiborne & Mennonites, Again https://mennolite.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/shane-claiborne-mennonites-again/
Nine Churches Say “No” to Shane Claiborne at US Mennonite Brethren Youth Conference https://mennolite.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/nine-churches-say-“no”-to-shane-claiborne-at-us-mennonite-brethren-youth-conference/
[9] Jim Wallis, Shane Claiborne and Progressive Christianity https://mennolite.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/jim-wallis-shane-claiborne-and-progressive-christianity/