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Mennonite Church USA releases video resources on leadership and polity

(Mennonite Church USA) — People across Mennonite Church USA are invited to take a closer look at the denomination’s structure and healthy ways of functioning with a newly released video series featuring presentations by Michael Danner, associate executive director for Church Vitality and Engagement, David Boshart, MC USA moderator, and Joy Sutter (from Salford congregation), MC USA … Continue reading Mennonite Church USA releases video resources on leadership and polity

2018: The Year in Review (And a Sneak Peek of 2019)

It’s a new year in Franconia Conference, a time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going. 2018 was a year of rejoicing in new and continuing relationships and of saying good-bye to old ones.  Our conference celebrated 100 years of mission in Norristown, PA, and reignited relationships with the Conferencia de Iglesias … Continue reading 2018: The Year in Review (And a Sneak Peek of 2019)

Joining the Dance: Three Spiritual Disciplines for 2019

by Gwen Groff, pastor of Bethany congregation I have accumulated spiritual disciplines slowly, over decades. They are a source of joy in times of fear and sorrow. Spiritual Direction A monthly discipline that brings me deep joy is spiritual direction. When I began working as director of women’s concerns at Mennonite Central Committee 25 years … Continue reading Joining the Dance: Three Spiritual Disciplines for 2019

An Advent Prayer

by Chris Nickels, Pastor of Spring Mount Mennonite Church (Originally posted at MennoniteRoad.com; reposted with permission) Each year my congregation (along with a number of local churches and non-profit organizations) participates in a local witness called the Witting Tree. On a tree in front of the meetinghouse we solemnly hang dog tags to remember and raise … Continue reading An Advent Prayer

Home for Christmas

by Emily Ralph Servant, Interim Director of Communication The house sits on Emily Street, a three-story, red-brick townhouse whose stoop rests directly on the sidewalk along a narrow city street. The third floor windows look out over the surrounding blocks, where brand new rowhomes, nestled between century-old houses, bear witness to the creeping gentrification of … Continue reading Home for Christmas

Rachel’s God-Moment

An Advent monologue written for use in worship at Methacton Mennonite Church by Marty Kolb-Wykoff.  Members of the congregation have been taking turns sharing their “God-moments” during Sunday worship.  This monologue imagines a special moment many years ago when one woman encountered God in a truly remarkable way. My God-moment happened a very long time … Continue reading Rachel’s God-Moment

Celebrating Nations and Generations in South Philly

by Aldo Siahaan, Leadership Minister, with Chantelle Todman Moore, Intercultural Coach We walked silently through the streets of South Philadelphia. Pastor Joshua and Anita So from San Francisco and I focused on praying for the people and for the city. No interruption of cell phones.  No chatting. We built our relationship with one another through … Continue reading Celebrating Nations and Generations in South Philly