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Studying and Remembering Calling

(Estudiando y recordando llamada) by Steve Kriss, Executive Minister I’ve studied Spanish off and on for nearly 40 years. My initial introduction happened via Sesame Street on TV with some Spanish interspersed between Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird. I then learned some basics at West End Elementary School. Much of that remains readily in … Continue reading Studying and Remembering Calling

Garden Chapel to Address Opiate Epidemic

Garden Chapel is partnering with community and local leaders in Morris County and Dover, New Jersey to address the opiate and heroin crisis in a special public forum on Saturday, April 28, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. Speakers will include Morris County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury and Sheriff Jim Gannon. The focus of the program … Continue reading Garden Chapel to Address Opiate Epidemic

National Child Abuse Prevention & Sexual Assault Awareness Month

According to the 2006 Church Member Profile, more than 1 in 5 women in MC USA congregations have experienced sexual abuse or violation; here in 2018, we can only speculate on what that number may be. Franconia Conference continues to be committed to helping end abuse and neglect of all people within our congregations and communities.  April … Continue reading National Child Abuse Prevention & Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Christian Peacemaker Teams Nonviolence Training

As Mennonites, we have a strong heritage of nonviolence, often referred to as pacifism, as we work to embody and live out the words of Christ to “love our enemies,” Matthew 5:44. In an age where violence is seen all around, on television (even in cartoons), in actions and words, it can be difficult to … Continue reading Christian Peacemaker Teams Nonviolence Training

Formation Through Mentorship

by Wayne Nitzsche, Interim LEADership Minister Erik Erikson, psychologist, developed an eight stage theory of psychosocial development. You may remember it from a psych class in high school or college. The seventh of eight stages in his helpful construct is “generativity vs stagnation.”  He associates this stage with the middle years (40-65.) To engage this … Continue reading Formation Through Mentorship

Sheldon Good named Executive Director of The Mennonite, Inc.

The board of directors of The Mennonite, Inc. has named Sheldon C. Good executive director (ED) of The Mennonite, Inc., effective February 1.  Currently a member of Salford Mennonite Church, Sheldon is a 2005 graduate of Dock Mennonite Academy. From 2006-2007 he served with Franconia Conference as Associate for Communication and Leadership Development. Most recently … Continue reading Sheldon Good named Executive Director of The Mennonite, Inc.

Hope for the Future Top Read Blog of 2017

Franconia Conference’s own Danilo Sanchez’s blog post about Hope for the Future made MCUSA‘s top 10 most read posts of 2017, coming in at number 2! Hope for the Future is, “an annual gathering of people of color serving in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA that started in 2012.”  If you missed it the first time around check … Continue reading Hope for the Future Top Read Blog of 2017