I’ve described the wonderful change in women’s ministry that occcured in the Mennonite Church from the time of Anna Kauffman in 1925-35 to now in 2012. There were other changes: introduction of musical instruments in worship, wearing of wedding bands and jewelry permitted, no coverings or other dress regulations for women or men. In some sections of the church the ownership of radios and TVs was first banned and then acccepted. How did such dramatic changes happen?
- Some biblical texts were reinterpreted and reapplied.
- Congregations respected the conscience of an individual to determine personal behavior.
- Conferences allowed innovative congregations to follow the Spirit’s guidance.
- Deviation from a norm was tolerated, then adopted and appreciated.
The keys of the Kingdom were used to open doors, not close them. Amen