I wholeheartedly agree with the letter from Karl Bartsch in the May 26th issue. This whole idea of "welcoming but not affirming" strikes me as rhetorical nonsense.
In the same issue, I note an article on Dale Schrag's commencement speech at Bethel College. I have often heard Dale say that what Mennonites believe is that "Jesus meant what he said, and he was talking to us."
Jesus' whole ministry was about inclusion, not exclusion. My hope and prayer is that our conference will get back on track with this central message.