Published: June 16, 2016
We at AMBS recommit ourselves to teach, preach and embody the reconciling mission of God
The Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary community grieves the horrific violence perpetrated against LGBTQ participants and others at the Pulse Orlando Nightclub. Hate-filled violence toward any person made in the image of God, whether LGBTQ or Muslim, women or men, Latino or Afghan, violates us all. Mennonite faith communities, like other faith communities, are conflicted in views of homosexuality, political candidates, gun ownership, immigration policies, terrorism—you name it.
What we cannot be conflicted about if we call ourselves followers of Jesus, is that we will stand in solidarity with those whom Jesus stood with—those whom many others, including religious leaders, despised. For the love of God and neighbor, AMBS joins with other courageous lovers of God who call for all people of faith to stand like Jesus against hatred and violence in any form.
As a seminary we recommit ourselves to teach, preach and embody the reconciling mission of God, rooted in the Word, growing in Christ.
– Sara Wenger Shenk, president, on behalf of the AMBS learning community
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