Mennonite Church Canada Vision Statement, Statement of Identity and Purpose: Multiple Languages
trans. Winfred Soong
narr. Elsie Rempel
trans. Daniel Genest
trans. Waldemar Janzen
trans. Daniel Yang
trans. Takahiko Yoshiyuki
trans. Nak Sun Kim
trans. Boris Sithideth
trans. Vic Toews
trans. Henry Neufeld
trans. Irma Maier
trans. Jorge Hoajaca
trans. Nhien Pham
The Vision statement, first adopted in 1995 - and now available in thirteen languages - is intended to provide focus and energy to the Mennonite church in North America. The vision statement builds on the distinctive emphases of Mennonite faith - following the example and teachings of Jesus, being nurtured in faith communities, and being peacemakers and reconcilers - while calling us to discover a new intimacy with God, to experience grace and joyful celebration in our communities, and to seek healing and hope for ourselves, our churches and our broken world.
The Statement of Identity and Purpose was approved at the 2005 Assembly for Mennonite Church Canada. It is the description of Mennonite Church Canada and provides additional guidance for the purpose and function of this organization.
Included here are:
- Bookmarks (PDF) of the Vision Statement
- Standard text (PDF) of both statements
- The reading of both statements (MP3 audio file). Audio files of the following languages are currently available: English, French, German, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese.
- English Study and Reflection Guide
In forty of Mennonite Church Canada's 225 congregations, English is not the first language of worship. If you belong to one or more of these 13 language groups, you will find helpful the translations of the "Statement of Identity and Purpose" as well as Mennonite Church Canada's "Healing and Hope" Vision Statement. Even if your primary worship language is English, you may wish to obtain these statements in another language to assist you in ministry to smaller groups of people in your congregation. Many of these statements are also available as audio files. -- Dave Bergen, Executive Secretary, Christian Formation
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