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The Calgary Inter-Mennonite congregation began services and formally organized in 1976. The congregation originated through separation from [[Highland Mennonite Brethren Church (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)|Highland Mennonite Brethren Church]]. It was then a member of the the [[Alberta Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches|Alberta Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches]] and the [[Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches|Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches]]. In 1990, the congregation became inter-Mennonite by extending its conference membership to include [[Mennonite Church Alberta|Conference of Mennonites in Alberta]] and the [[Northwest Mennonite Conference|Northwest Mennonite Conference]]. In 1996 the congregation also joined the [[Conference of Mennonites in Canada|Conference of Mennonites in Canada]].
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The Calgary Inter-Mennonite congregation began services and formally organized in 1976. The congregation originated through separation from [[Highland Mennonite Brethren Church (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)|Highland Mennonite Brethren Church]], and was known as the South Calgary Mennonite Brethren Church. It was then a member of the the [[Alberta Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches|Alberta Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches]] and the [[Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches|Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches]]. In 1990, known as the South Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church, the congregation was accepted as a member of [[Mennonite Church Alberta|Conference of Mennonites in Alberta]] and the [[Northwest Mennonite Conference|Northwest Mennonite Conference]]. In 1996 the congregation also joined the [[Conference of Mennonites in Canada|Conference of Mennonites in Canada]].
  
On 20 March 1999 the congregation's membership in the Mennonite Brethren conferences was revoked because Calgary Inter-Mennonite had joined the Supportive Congregations Network in 1997. The Supporting Congregations Network consists of  Mennonite, General Conference Mennonite and [[Church of the Brethren|Church of the Brethren]] congregations which welcome gay, lesbian and bisexual members. In 2000 Calgary Inter-Mennonite took a voluntary five-year leave of absence from the Conference of Mennonites in Alberta in order to avoid division within the conference. After ongoing discussions and the withdrawal of several congregations from the Alberta conference, a final separation took place in April 2006 when Calgary Inter-Mennonite was deemed to have withdrawn from the Alberta Conference.  
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On 20 March 1999 the congregation's membership in the Mennonite Brethren conferences was revoked because South Calgary Inter-Mennonite had joined the Supportive Congregations Network in 1997. The Supporting Congregations Network consists of  Mennonite, General Conference Mennonite and [[Church of the Brethren|Church of the Brethren]] congregations which welcome gay, lesbian and bisexual members. In 2000 the congregation took a voluntary five-year leave of absence from the Conference of Mennonites in Alberta in order to avoid division within the conference. After ongoing discussions and the withdrawal of several congregations from the Alberta conference, a final separation took place in April 2006 when the congregation, then known as Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church was deemed to have withdrawn from the Alberta Conference.  
  
 
Calgary Inter-Mennonite's relationship with the remaining conferences also ended and the congregation has since functioned as an independent Mennonite congregation.
 
Calgary Inter-Mennonite's relationship with the remaining conferences also ended and the congregation has since functioned as an independent Mennonite congregation.

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The Calgary Inter-Mennonite congregation began services and formally organized in 1976. The congregation originated through separation from Highland Mennonite Brethren Church, and was known as the South Calgary Mennonite Brethren Church. It was then a member of the the Alberta Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches and the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. In 1990, known as the South Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church, the congregation was accepted as a member of Conference of Mennonites in Alberta and the Northwest Mennonite Conference. In 1996 the congregation also joined the Conference of Mennonites in Canada.

On 20 March 1999 the congregation's membership in the Mennonite Brethren conferences was revoked because South Calgary Inter-Mennonite had joined the Supportive Congregations Network in 1997. The Supporting Congregations Network consists of  Mennonite, General Conference Mennonite and Church of the Brethren congregations which welcome gay, lesbian and bisexual members. In 2000 the congregation took a voluntary five-year leave of absence from the Conference of Mennonites in Alberta in order to avoid division within the conference. After ongoing discussions and the withdrawal of several congregations from the Alberta conference, a final separation took place in April 2006 when the congregation, then known as Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church was deemed to have withdrawn from the Alberta Conference.

Calgary Inter-Mennonite's relationship with the remaining conferences also ended and the congregation has since functioned as an independent Mennonite congregation.

Pastors Anneli Braul and Brenda Dyck served in 2000 as congregational leaders. In 1985 there were 58 members; in 1995, 84; in 2000 96. In 2009 the pastor was Brenda Dyck; at that time no formal membership records were maintained; there is a commitment to the faith community at its annual Celebration of Community. In 2019 the pastoral position at the church was vacant.

Bibliography

Longhurst, John. "Church ditches 'overt religiosity' to become 'community resource'." Canadian Mennonite 23, no. 11 (27 May 2019): 18.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 7; (23 June 1989): 21; (16 April 1999): 17-18.

Mennonite Reporter (29 May 1989): 1; (19 March 1990): 15; (25 June 1990): 11; (24 June 1996): 13.

Miller Dyck, Tim. "CIM church membership ended." Canadian Mennonite 10, no. 10 (15 May 2006): 16-17.

Additional Information

Address: 1308 Edmonton Trail N. E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 3K7

Website: Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Alberta Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1976-1999)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1976-1999)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1976-1999)

Northwest Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church Alberta (1990-2006)

Mennonite Church Canada (1996-2000)

See also: Brethren and Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Interests

Maps

Map:Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church (Calgary, Alberta)


Author(s) Marlene Epp
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published 2009

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MLA style

Epp, Marlene and Samuel J. Steiner. "Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 2009. Web. 5 Dec 2021. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Calgary_Inter-Mennonite_Church_(Calgary,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=172077.

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Epp, Marlene and Samuel J. Steiner. (2009). Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church (Calgary, Alberta, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 5 December 2021, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Calgary_Inter-Mennonite_Church_(Calgary,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=172077.




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