October 3, 2013


A conversation on Race and the Church

On September 21, Drew Hart and Ben Walter presented a conversation on race and the church at Germantown Historic Meetinghouse in Philadelphia.  This conversation connected Anabaptist and Black Theologies and identified areas in which churches participate in both institutionalized racism as well as acts of micro aggression. Listen to the podcast.

Read reflections on this conversation from two men in very different walks of life: Mikah, a biracial young adult who is working with students in north Philadelphia, and Firman, a white pastor of over twenty-five years, ministering in a prosperous, rural setting.

Race and Church

James Krabill

Worshiping our way into God’s future

James Krabill from Mennonite Mission Network stopped by our Pastors and CRM Leaders Breakfast on September 26 to guide our leaders in imagining an intercultural future, beginning with the way we worship.

Listen to the podcast.


Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (FB) NVNNL [Please] join in prayer: very important meetings and discernment regarding the future of our congregation’s outreach ministries and buildings.
  • (FB) Whitehall Mennonite Church Excited to have a joint service with our friends from the Karen community and to share World Communion Sunday.
  • (Tw) Garden Chapel had the honor of baptizing two amazing people today. TO GOD BE THE GLORY
  • (photo) As part of their unit on Pennsylania and its government, Senator Stewart Greenleaf made a visit to Penn View’s fourth grade students.
Penn View state senator

Mark Your Calendars

Mark your Calendar For a complete listing of upcoming events, check out the Franconia Conference Calendar. The Conference office keeps a Google calendar of congregational and Conference Related Ministries events to help avoid scheduling conflicts—so please help us keep it up to date! Add your event to the calendar by sending an event invitation to calendar@franconiaconference.org.

Pastors & CRM Leaders’ Breakfasts

Held at Hennings Market in Harleysville from 8-10am, cost: $7 includes buffet breakfast. RSVP

  • October 17: Mark van Steenwyck, a Mennonite pastor from Minneapolis, MN
    will present on “The Economics of Jesus – The Church and Jubilee."

Credentialed Leaders Appreciation Dinner

A Christmas "thank you" dinner for credentialed leaders and their guests will be held on December 3, 6:30-8:30pm, Souderton Mennonite Home. Enjoy holiday music, good food and conversation, and guest speaker Michael King, dean of Eastern Mennonite Seminary.


Notes to Pastors

Don’t forget your God@Work video for Conference Assembly!

How is God Still@Work in your context?  Each day, God shows up and does what only God can do – transforms us.  How is that transformation taking place around you? Would you share your story/God’s story?  Shared stories encourage, inspire and give us a view beyond ourselves.

This year at Conference Assembly, we will be sharing videos of God Still@Work in our midst. We invite each congregation and Conference Related Ministry to contribute a short video. It can be something produced and edited with music or simply a short video recorded on your phone–anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes. Doesn’t get much easier than that, does it?! See these videos for two examples of the different kind of videos you can submit, then create your own and submit it in one of three ways:

  1. Upload it to Youtube or Vimeo and email us the link.
  2. Email the video directly (if it’s a small file, like one recorded on a phone).
  3. Upload the video to Dropbox and share the link with Emily.

Sistering: The Ties that Bind (Without Strangling)

Once again the women of Eastern District and Franconia Mennonite Conferences are invited to gather together for a time of listening, learning, and sharing. “Sistering:  The Ties that Bind (Without Strangling)” will be held at the Souderton Mennonite Church on Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

We will be exploring the theological and practical implications of the carpentry term “sistering,” meaning to come alongside of and support another.  Bring stories of being sistered or sistering others both locally and globally. Our speakers will also be sharing about how we can sister one another without strangling either the other or ourselves. Small group sharing will allow time for us to get to know one another better and learn how we can sister each other right here. A time of worship will invite the Spirit to lead and guide us as we seek to be Jesus to one another.

Register online at www.women.franconiaconference.org or contact Anne Yoder at 610-259-9838 or ayoder1@swarthmore.edu.  There is a $10 registration fee payable at the door. No childcare is available. Refreshments will be served.


Leadership Resource Day on restorative practices and healthy churches

Atlantic Coast Conference is offering a Leadership Resource Day for pastors, congregational leaders and other interested persons on Friday, October 25. The resource day will be held at Akron Mennonite Church, 1311 Diamond Street, Akron, Pa. Online registration (early bird discount before October 16). See the brochure.


*The views expressed in each week’s blog do not necessarily reflect those of Franconia Conference; these blogs are included to initiate conversation and network members of the conference community. See our full Terms of Use.
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