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CMU is an innovative Christian university, rooted in the Anabaptist Mennonite tradition, moved and transformed by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Through teaching, research, and service, CMU inspires and equips women and men for lives of service, leadership, and reconciliation in church and society. CMU'sLike that of any organization, CMU's mission statement is like a densely packed coil with the potential and the obligation to spring to life in a vibrant array of programs and projects, conversations, and commitments. CMU's mission statement is upfront and out there in its particularity. Faithfulness to the story of God's creating and transforming work through Jesus Christ is the heartbeat, the mindfulness, and the motivating impulse for the service, leadership, and reconciliation through which CMU participates in church and society.
CMU's mission statement takes shape through a vibrant array of programs and projects, conversations, and commitments. The statement names the story of God's creating and transforming work through Jesus Christ as the heartbeat of the service, leadership, and reconciliation through which CMU students, faculty, graduates, and surrounding community participate in church and society.
At CMU's service, leadership and reconciliation' are personal and communal learning outcomes encountered within academic, personal, and interpersonal, theological, artistic, physical, and environmental contexts. Education involves "building understandings" in ways that are about knowledge as much as relationships, enabling us to see, engage, and share in a world that is as wondrous as strained, and that ever calls for our best care and innovative capacities.
Convictions regarding integrity in life and faith alongside the integration of knowledge, action, and community wisdom lie at the heart of CMU's educational vision. CMU's self-understanding as a church-related university is grounded in relationships of trust and commitments to ongoing, open dialogue and inquiry. By God's grace, we seek to live and proclaim the good news of reconciliation in Jesus Christ. As part of the one body of Christ at all times and places, we hold the following to be central to our belief and practice:
God is known to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Creator who seeks to restore fallen humanity by calling people faithful in fellowship, worship, service, and witness. Jesus is the Son of God. Through his life and teachings, his cross and resurrection, he showed us how to be faithful disciples, redeemed the world, and offers eternal life. As a church, we are a community of those whom God's Spirit calls to turn from sin, acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord, receive baptism upon confession of faith, and follow Christ in life.
As a faith community, we accept the Bible as our authority for faith and life, interpreting it together under Holy Spirit guidance, in the light of Jesus Christ to discern God's will for our obedience. The Spirit of Jesus empowers us to trust God in all areas of life, so we become peacemakers who renounce violence, love our enemies, seek justice, and share our possessions with those in need. We gather regularly to worship, celebrate the Lord's Supper, and hear God's Word in a spirit of mutual accountability. As a world-wide community of faith and life, we transcend boundaries of nationality, race, class, gender, and language. We seek to live in the world without conforming to the powers of evil, witnessing to God's grace by serving others, caring for creation, and inviting all people to know Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
In these convictions, we draw inspiration from Anabaptist forebears of the 16th century, who modeled radical discipleship to Jesus Christ. We seek to walk in his name by the power of the Holy Spirit, as we confidently await Christ's return and the final fulfillment of God's kingdom.

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