Wednesday, February 13, 2019

workshop attendiesOn February 9, approximately twenty people attended an ALW workshop entitled “Shacking Up: Sex, Love, and Church Commitment” facilitated by Irma Fast Dueck (professor in practical theology at Canadian Mennonite University). The workshop explored connections between church community commitments and one-to-one relationship commitments, and provided an opportunity for participants to examine biblical, theological, and sociological perspectives on co-habitation and baptism.

At the start of the workshop, half of the participants identified thoughts, questions, and issues having to do with baptism, and then posted all of these on one side of the wall. Meanwhile, the other half of the group identified thoughts, questions, and issues having to do with cohabitation, and likewise posted these on the other side of the wall. In the accompanying photo, Irma facilitates a process by which the group is drawing parallels between the two themes, particularly in relation to the meaning of commitment.

Toward the end of the workshop, participants reflected on the theology of commitment and the ways in which committed relationships can function as “testimonies” of God’s love and God’s oneness.

The Anabaptist Learning Workshop (ALW) is a program offered by Mennonite Church Eastern Canada in cooperation with Conrad Grebel University College.

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