“Mainline” Mennonites Decide against the Telegram at Kansas City Convention

Photo: Melissa Florer-Bixler.

This title is totally in jest. But evidently there was an effort to clean up some outdated language in denominational documents at “MennoCon 2019,” which included mention of the telegram — something that sparked some humorous social media posts from those at the event. Held in Kansas City, the event was the official convention of the Mennonite Church USA, which, with nearly 80,000 members, is the largest Mennonite body in the U.S. The gathering wrapped up last week after 5 days of sessions. Since its official formation in 2002, the denomination has become the “mainline” wing of American Mennonitism, prompting no small amount of backlash from conservatives. What do mainline Mennonites talk about when they get together? Here’s a short list of links if you want to review the convention:

The official convention site.

The program book can be found here.

Live Tweets from author Melissa Florer-Bixler and others can be found at #MennoCon19.

Daily recaps from The Mennonite online magazine.

The convention Facebook page is here.


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