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Reflections on Breaking Free to Follow an Untamed God

By Jenny Duskey, Ambler Mennonite Church An Exodus Time, a Great Turning, a Watershed Moment – whatever we call it, we are in the midst of crisis.  We, children of a free, wild, untamed God, try “to follow Jesus while shackled to Caesar.”  “Fast food, cheap oil, chronic debt, and constant pressure are only some … Continue reading Reflections on Breaking Free to Follow an Untamed God

From Dust You’ve Been Created

“Do you not realize what the Holy One can do with dust?”–Jan Richardson By Steve Kriss, Executive Minister Growing up in a dominantly Catholic community, I annually had ash envy.   There was something about that mark of the cross on the forehead, the smear and the audacity of wearing it out and about in … Continue reading From Dust You’ve Been Created

We’re All Out of Chicken!

By Joshua Jefferson, Youth Pastor at Souderton Mennonite Church We were all drawn together on that cold, windy Monday evening, February 13, by the promise of fresh enchiladas and tostadas made by the members of Centro de Alabanza, along with some warm conversation with James Krabill of Mennonite Mission Network, to share stories about the … Continue reading We’re All Out of Chicken!

Grateful for a Sad Surprise

By Randy Heacock, LEADership Minister When Steve Kriss, Conference Executive Minister, invited me to consider being a LEADership Minister, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect.  I have a LEADership minister and I have been in the conference long enough to remember the early conversations of the role of a … Continue reading Grateful for a Sad Surprise

Doing Kingdom Work

By Noel Santiago Hope for the Future is a unique gathering in that it brings together leaders of color and white leaders who work and serve in MCUSA agencies, institutions and organizations, to intentionally focus the work of intercultural transformation in the church. While it’s primarily focused on the agencies, institutions and organizations of MCUSA, … Continue reading Doing Kingdom Work

Disoriented Following

By Wayne Nitzsche, Interim LEADership Minister I’ve been granted the privilege of walking with the congregations of Alpha, Bally and Taftsville as they engage the journey of calling a pastor. Jenifer Eriksen Morales has prepared them well for the steps in the process. But as in all of life, we make plans and sometimes it … Continue reading Disoriented Following

Much Work with Great Hope

By Steve Kriss, Executive Minister My first communication received in the new executive minister role came as a text message on Sunday morning before I went to worship on January 1.   It came from a Conference board member who told me that his congregation intended to support the work of Danilo Sanchez in Allentown for … Continue reading Much Work with Great Hope

Weeding and Walking a Celebration of Shalom

by Emily Ralph Servant, Interim LEADership Minister & Director of Congregational Resourcing Is pulling weeds “mission?” I certainly thought so as a teenager, when I spent several summer evenings sitting on the grass, helping my neighbor weed her flower beds and talking about God as she struggled to find her way back to faith.  We … Continue reading Weeding and Walking a Celebration of Shalom

Why I Said Yes …

 . . . to ongoing work and hope by Stephen Kriss Mother Theresa called it a “call within the call.”  That’s the best language I’ve found to describe why I’ve said yes to the invitation to the role of Executive Minister with Franconia Conference.   These weeks since the announcement went public I’ve felt surrounded by … Continue reading Why I Said Yes …