Welcome! Pink Menno started with a very simple vision that two siblings shared during Christmas of 2008. Wondering what they could do to make the Mennonite Church an open and welcoming place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, they envisioned a sea of people dressed in pink as a sign of support singing hymns together in the middle of the upcoming MC USA convention in Columbus, Ohio.
Now we are continuing that vision. After the overwhelming support and positive participation, especially from youth, at that convention in 2009, Pink Menno has continued working celebrate the goodness of LGBTQ people in the Mennonite church, focusing on visible presence at each biannual convention.
Goals – Pink Menno supports the inclusion of LGBTQ individuals in marriage, in ordination, and in the loving community of Christian fellowship within the Mennonite Church. Pink Menno envisions the day when it becomes irrelevant because the church is fully living out Christ’s radical love toward all people, especially toward those in the margins.
Vision– To achieve healing and hope for the Mennonite Church through the inclusion and welcome of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and their supporters.
Strategy – Pink Menno will remain a visible, vocal presence supporting, sustaining and furthering witness to the goodness of LGBTQ people. Pink Menno will be a nonviolent, loving, welcoming presence. Pink Menno will provide social, spiritual and emotional support for those experiencing exclusion or spiritual violence because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Pink Menno will stand those who are excluded and marginalized for any reason. Pink Menno will use laughter, music, poetry, color, artwork, quilts, fun, film, food, books, and whatever else is positive and uplifting to communicate our message.