By Mary Etta King, Transitional Conference Minister
It has been a long arduous journey for Mountain States Mennonite Conference to come to the point of ordaining someone from the LGBTQ community. This is also a first in Mennonite Church USA. The Ministerial Council and the Leadership Board bathed this decision in prayer over a long period of time. The reason for the delay was because we do not all agree. Leaders in the conference wanted to give time for listening and discernment, listening together as a community and discerning the Holy Spirit’s leading. The decision was finally made in August 2016 to move ahead in ordaining Theda.
The Church, including Mountain States Mennonite Conference, has gone through rough waters. We don’t agree on everything, but we follow Jesus by loving each other and being friends, friends of God and one other. As we walk this journey together we will give witness to the Spirit as we share the good news of the Gospel to our needy and hungry world.