Hyattsville Mennonite Church (Hyattsville, Maryland, USA)
Hyattsville Mennonite Church in Hyattsville, Maryland, USA was established in 1952 by young adults who had moved to the Washington, DC area from various Mennonite communities. Over the years Voluntary Service volunteers (VSers) and young adults have played an important role in the congegation, with many staying in the area and entering professional life. The church has been involved in local service projects with the homeless and hungry, adults with developmental disabilities, and was the sponsoring congregation of the International Guest House.
The church describes itself as "a Christ-centered welcoming church committed to peace and justice, beauty and hospitality. Hyattsville Mennonite is an urban Christian congregation committed to making Mennonite traditions and beliefs relevant in the cultural setting of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area."
In 2005, Allegheny Mennonite Conference (AMC) delegates voted to keep Hyattsville as nonvoting members and to not allow members of the congregation to hold elected positions in AMC or in Mennonite Church USA. The reason for this, according to the 2005 resolution, was that Hyattsville had been found to be "inconsistent with the Membership Guidelines of Mennonite Church USA." Delegates had expressed concerns about the congregation’s membership practices as they related to individuals involved in same-sex relationships.
In March 2015 the Allegheny Mennonite Conference voted 72-70 to reinstate Hyattsville Mennonite Church as a voting member of the conference. The resolution reinstating the congregation stated that the Conference was "willing to live together with theological disagreements, using the 1995 Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective as a guiding document, not a disciplinary document.”
In 2014 the church had 140 members and was a member of the Allegheny Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA. The minister was Cynthia A. Lapp.
Houser, Gordon. "Allegheny Narrowly Votes to Reinstate Hyattsville." The Mennonite. 9 March 2015. Web. 9 March 2015. https://themennonite.org/daily-news/allegheny-votes-to-reinstate-hyattsville/.
Address: 4217 East-West Highway, Hyattsville, MD 20782
Allegheny Mennonite Conference (1952-2015)
Mennonite Church USA (until 2015)
|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||March 2015|
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Thiessen, Richard D. "Hyattsville Mennonite Church (Hyattsville, Maryland, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2015. Web. 18 Oct 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hyattsville_Mennonite_Church_(Hyattsville,_Maryland,_USA)&oldid=131241.
Thiessen, Richard D. (March 2015). Hyattsville Mennonite Church (Hyattsville, Maryland, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 October 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hyattsville_Mennonite_Church_(Hyattsville,_Maryland,_USA)&oldid=131241.
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