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Partnership with MCC builds diverse leadership

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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

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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

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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 […]

Listening for a new move of God

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by Lora Steiner, managing editor When Penny Naugle announced she was retiring after ten years as an elementary principal at Penn View Christian School in Souderton (Pa.) to become a chaplain, the teachers weren’t surprised. “Well, duh,” one responded, “That’s what you do to us.” If there is a usual path to chaplaincy work, Naugle […]

Police attack Mennonite church gathering in Vietnam

Luke Martin (left) and Vietnamese Mennonite pastor Nguyen Quang Trung at the November 2012 celebration of the Vietnam Mennonite Church.

by Luke Martin, Vietnamese Gospel Mennonite Church In June, security police attacked a Mennonite church gathering in Vietnam, where pastors and theological students were gathered for a conference and graduation ceremony. The event took place north of Ho Chi Minh City, at the Evangelical Mennonite Church, a congregation not officially registered in Vietnam. This past […]

Nations Worship celebrates new space, all invited

by Samantha Lioi, minister of peace & justice, Franconia Mennonite Conference Pastor Beny Krisbianto and other leaders of Nations Worship Center in Philadelphia are celebrating a milestone in their long journey toward a new space for worship. Since the congregation purchased a building a few years ago in an historic Italian neighborhood in South Philly, […]

Mennonite Church USA Executive Board announces action steps: Franconia Conference stays focused on building healthy relationships

All members of the Executive Board, with their prayer lamp centerpiece for the weekend, as well as Stella, the official Mennonite Church USA convention dove.

by Emily Ralph, associate director of communication The Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA met last week to review the recommendations of a task force appointed to respond to Mountain States Mennonite Conference’s decision to license Theda Good, a woman in a same-sex covenanted relationship.  The Executive Board approved eight action steps that will be […]

Conference pastors pursue higher education

Mike Derstine with his family at graduation from Palmer.

by Lora Steiner, managing editor The Lord works in mysterious ways,  and the Spirit leads in mysterious ways: sometimes to faraway lands, sometimes to stretching local ministries—or sometimes, back to the classroom. This year, two Franconia Conference pastors finished Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) degrees, while several others are pursuing pastoral studies alongside other fulltime jobs. […]

Youth Gather for Outdoor Worship

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by Lora Steiner, managing editor Youth from Franconia Conference and Eastern District gathered on Sunday, June 1, for an afternoon of worship, celebration, and inspiration. The event, held under tents that had hosted the Mennonite Heritage Center’s Whack & Roll croquet tourney the day before, was the first of what planners hope will become an […]

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