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On Being Both Local and Global

By Stephen Kriss, Executive Minister My first trip in my role with Franconia Conference over a decade ago was to Guatemala.  I traveled with a group of persons from our Conference who began to invest in the lives of communities in rural indigenous villages through Agros International.   It was my first glimpse into the global-mindedness … Continue reading On Being Both Local and Global

We Are Still Willing

By Steve Kriss, Executive Minister I remember Michael J. Sharp (MJ) as a rambunctious junior high kid from the time we overlapped life at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center and Scottdale in Western Pennsylvania.  I’ve been aware of his work and life thereafter mostly through social media and Mennonite publications.  MJ and I share a lot … Continue reading We Are Still Willing

Welcome Signs an Invitation to Dialogue

by Dwayne Henne, Chair of Outreach, Bally Mennonite Church Members of Bally Mennonite Church had a growing interest in how area churches might be able to support refugees coming to the United States as they continued to see on the daily news the suffering of people in Syria and Sudan. As they began to explore … Continue reading Welcome Signs an Invitation to Dialogue

Taftsville Chapel Mennonite Fellowship Awarded Solar Grant

At Fall Assembly, Taftsville Chapel Mennonite Fellowship in Vermont was featured in one of the Plant, Water, Grow videos, discussing their creation care initiatives. Part of that includes going solar. This week in the Mennonite World Review, is was announced that they will receive a $10,000 award from Mennonite Creation Care Network to assist in … Continue reading Taftsville Chapel Mennonite Fellowship Awarded Solar Grant

Franconia Conference’s Joy Sutter Nominated as MCUSA Moderator-elect

For the past few months, Joy Sutter of Salford Mennonite Church has been chairing the executive minister search committee for Franconia Conference. This past week it was announced that she is the nominee for moderator-elect of MCUSA. Her name was put forward by the MCUSA executive committee and affirmed by the Constituency Leadership Council (CLC) … Continue reading Franconia Conference’s Joy Sutter Nominated as MCUSA Moderator-elect

Did You Know … About the New Labor Law for Overtime?

UPDATE: November 29, 2016 A federal judge in Texas issued an injunction last week blocking the December 1 implementation of a new salary threshold that would have made millions of more workers, including nonministerial church employees who meet certain criteria, eligible for overtime pay. The injunction puts the threshold change on hold until its legality … Continue reading Did You Know … About the New Labor Law for Overtime?

Child Abuse Prevention Month

As the month of April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the conference hopes that you and your congregations will join other religious leaders and government officials around the country to encourage all to take steps to prevent child abuse. Franconia Conference continues to be committed to helping to end abuse and neglect of all … Continue reading Child Abuse Prevention Month

Locally Handmade Comforter Appears in the New York Times

by Barbie Fischer Often when items are donated to a ministry, the recipient of the donation is unknown. The Vincent Sewing Circle ladies are well aware of this fact as they have been making comforters by hand since 1934 and donating them to people in need, in recent years mainly to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). … Continue reading Locally Handmade Comforter Appears in the New York Times

Reflection on Hope for the Future

Recently, three of our Franconia Conference members took part in Hope for the Future, an MCUSA gathering of leaders of color from across the church. These gatherings are designed to explore the ways that power, privilege, cultural bias and racism function in our denomination. As Franconia Conference continues to strive to be intercultural and give all … Continue reading Reflection on Hope for the Future