Category Archives: conference

Seeking peace in their cities, urban leaders gather in Philadelphia

Chantelle Todman Moore (Philadelphia program coordinator, MCC East Coast), Freeman Miller (retired bishop, Philadelphia District of the Lancaster Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA) and Glen Alexander Guyton (chief operating officer, Mennonite Church USA) pray together for peace in their cities at the Urban Anabaptist Ministry Symposium co-sponsored by MCC East Coast and Mennonite Church USA. (MCC photo/Rachel Sommer)

by Rachel Sommer for Mennonite Central Committee East Coast and Mennonite Church USA In a letter to Jerusalem’s exiled leaders, the prophet Jeremiah called on them to work for the welfare of Babylon, the city to which they had been deported. “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city,” he wrote. “Pray to the Lord […]

Philadelphia churches offer sanctuary for immigrants

Aldo Siahaan, pastor of Philadelphia Praise Center, being interviewed at the press conference.

by Tim Huber, for Mennonite World Review (reposted by permission) Two Mennonite churches in Philadelphia have joined a sanctuary movement aiming to support people fearing deportation from the United States. The congregations are members of New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, an organization participating in a nationwide act of civil disobedience responding to inaction on immigration […]

Women and changing roles in the church


by Helen Lapp, Plains Change can take a lot of time. And it is very unsettling for many—no surprise there! This past summer Plains congregation (Hatfield, Pa.) decided to explore together, during the usual Sunday school hour, some changes the church has weathered in the past several decades. Several of these changes are: Musical choices: They […]

Christian educators gather for resourcing event

One participant makes a creation scene out of homemade scented play dough.

by Lora Steiner, managing editor About 50 Sunday school teachers from Franconia and Eastern District conference churches gathered on August 12 in preparation for the new school year. Teachers met with other teachers of the same age levels and were led through a sample lesson in the new Shine curriculum, which is co-published by Brethren […]

Celebrating with Aldo and Viviani

Aldo Siahaan and Viviani Chandra

by Lora Steiner, managing editor Three-and-a-half years after they married, Aldo Siahaan and his wife, Viviani Chandra, are finally living together in Philadelphia. Aldo is the pastor of Philadelphia Praise Center and a LEADership minister with Franconia Mennonite Conference. Aldo and Viviani are both originally from Indonesia, and met in Philadelphia over a decade ago at […]

New IVEP participants join Conference communities

IVEP Participants 2014

This fall, four young adults from around the globe will use their gifts and time to support various Franconia Conference-related ministries. All four are participants in Mennonite Central Committee’s International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP), a year-long exchange that brings Christian young adults to the United States and Canada. Participants live with host families and volunteer with […]

Partnership with MCC builds diverse leadership


by Lora Steiner, managing editor When people think “urban,” chances are pretty good that Doylestown, Pennsylvania is not a place that comes to mind. Thirty years ago, it was a traditional farming community; now, it’s a well-off, artsy, suburban Philadelphia town. And yet, one congregation, Doylestown Mennonite, is incorporating a program traditionally geared towards urban […]

Philadelphia Mennonite High School merges: Update from Dr. Barbara Moses

Barbara Moses

by Dr. Barbara Moses, Philadelphia Mennonite High School It is a joy for me to announce that Philadelphia Mennonite High School has merged with The City School. The City School is a Kindergarten-12 Christian school in the heart of Philadelphia, committed to making a Jesus-honoring, college-preparatory education accessible to families in the city. Our mission […]

Everence awards scholarships to three conference students


Three students from Franconia Conference were named recipients of Everence college scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. Everence, a financial, insurance and banking services organization rooted in faith and values, offers its scholarship program each year as a means of encouraging young people to explore the integration of faith and finances while helping them on their educational […]