The “final” meetings of the New Wine/New Wineskins Inquiry Task Force (ITF) committee were last weekend in Winnipeg. I thought some of you may want to know about it. MCC is trying to deepen existing bonds of connection and respond to world in a new way through modification of its vision, mission, priorities, values, and approaches…as well as its structure. The New Wine/New Wineskins process was a broad consultation to help think through how we do this.
A number of church leaders, former MCC directors, and others invested in this process have expressed concerns around:
· the fragmentation of international program into national entities. How can we maintain (and improve) MCC’s ability to carry out its mission if international program is given to national MCCs?
· denominations not having sufficient representation on the governance of the proposed national MCC entities, nor the central entity.
· The fact that MCCBN and MCCC tensions have not been adequately addressed in order to be able to move forward.
The tensions between MCC Canada and MCC Binational are not new. Some of the tension can be attributed to personalities, cultural differences, and different levels of comfort with regards to use of government funds. Significant historical experiences, such as slavery and racism in the United States, and the aboriginal/immigrant experience in Canada shape people’s lenses and program priorities. It has become clear that these tensions that have developed over the last 30 years need to be addressed.
In related news…It has been decided that Mennonite World Conference (MWC) will convene a global service forum in 2010 to talk about how service agencies around the world can work together and support one another. That is separate from the New Wine/New Wineskins process, but, MWC hopes that this can happen in time to be useful to MCC as it looks at re-organizing its structure.
If you would like a copy of the letter from some young adults who work in MCCBN, simply post your email here and I can get you one.
Please keep MCC in your prayers…If there is not backlash to posting here about some work we are doing in MCC, I can also post what the “results document.”