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On Oct. 1, Clinton Brick Mennonite Church, Millersburg, Ind., removed its membership from Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference and Mennonite Church USA due to the increase it sees in LGBT inclusion in the conference and denomination.
At a congregational meeting on July 13, a majority of Clinton Brick members voted to leave the conference and denomination, according to a statement from the church dated Oct. 8.
Clinton Brick members made this decision after a seven-month process. According to an Elkhart Truth article, about 50 people regularly attend Clinton Brick.
Church leaders removed “Mennonite” from the name and the new name is “Clinton Brick Church.”
“As we look to the future we will seek God’d face and direction as to our identity and formal name,” reads the statement.
The statement was signed by: Dave Hathaway, pastor; Cliff Miller, overseer; and elders Stan Miller, Don Haarer and Mitch Stutzman.
“We believe that God created and ordained marriage to be between one man and one women and sexual relations to be only between male and female in that married state,” reads the Clinton Brick statement. “Therefore it is our belief that those who promote, bless and involve themselves in same sex unions are not followers of Jesus but rather of the secular world that we live in.”
Another Indiana-Michigan congregation, Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind., left Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference in July.
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