16So from now
on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded
Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17Therefore,
if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has
come! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to
himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in
Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the
message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore
Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We
implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. - NIV
2 Corinthians 5:16-20
Pittsburgh 2011, the biennial
Mennonite Church USA national convention, takes place, July 4-9, 2011,
in Pittsburgh, PA.
Convention is a time to gather and worship,
meet new people and see old friends, to celebrate what’s happening
across our denomination and to find out where we are going. It’s a time
and space for Mennonite Church USA to come together for fellowship,
learning and lots of fun!
The theme for Pittsburgh 2011 is "Bridges to (the) Cross" and the
Scripture text is 2 Corinthians 5: 16-20.
Pittsburgh, known as the
City of Three Rivers, is connected by 446 bridges.
This theme has
a twofold message. . . First, that as instruments of Christ's
reconciliation, we too have many bridges to cross. Second, God calls us
to shape our culture as ambassadors for Christ, instead of continuing to
have our culture shape us. We are called to serve as bridges to Christ.