Category Archives: global

Christianity: A Religion of Travel

By Gwen Groff, Pastor at Bethany Mennonite Church, and FMC Board Member We were just one or two days into our Mexico trip when Steve Kriss, Executive Minister of Franconia Conference, said, “I think all they really are asking for from us is for relationship.” In the end, I believe that was the purpose of … Continue reading Christianity: A Religion of Travel

Interspace – Courage to Stand Between

By Marta Castillo, Leadership Minister of Intercultural Formation “Inter” words are familiar to most of us – interact, interdependent, intermission, intertwine, international, intercede, intercultural, etc.  Based on the Latin, “inter” means “between,” “in the midst of,” “mutually,” “reciprocally,” “together”.  Interspace is an adventure of new learnings, a place of possibility, sharing, rest, and reconciliation, but … Continue reading Interspace – Courage to Stand Between

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

Digging Deep in Faith

By Paula Marolewski, Perkiomenville Mennonite Church “As we got ready to drill the well, people just shook their heads. ‘There’s no water there; you’re wasting your time,’ they said. They didn’t even stay to watch us drill. But I thought to myself, many people are praying back home. We will find water.” Gwab Mpofu has … Continue reading Digging Deep in Faith

Biblical Model of Healthy Multi-Cultural Relationship

by Virgo Handojo, Pastor  ofJemaat Kristen Indonesia Anugerah, Sierra Madre, CA One of the challenging tasks the children of God face today is how to build a healthy relationship within culturally diverse churches. A story of how the early church worked at this can be seen through the Council at Jerusalem in Acts 15:1-21. Act 15: … Continue reading Biblical Model of Healthy Multi-Cultural Relationship

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

Palestinian and Jewish Voices for Peace

By Peder Wiegner, member at Norristown New Life and of the Conference Israel/Palestine Taskforce Franconia Mennonite Conference (FMC) together with Living Branches hosted the Palestinian and Jewish Voices for Peace Tour on Saturday, April 22. The FMC Israel Palestine Task Force was key to organizing this event together with Mennonite Church USA (MCUSA). Jonathan Kuttab, … Continue reading Palestinian and Jewish Voices for Peace

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

In the Eye of the Storm

Over the first week of August, a tropical storm (and at a time, Hurricane Earl) wreaked havoc across Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Central America, and Mexico, deeply impacting the Mexican state of Pueblo where Monte Maria Church has several church plants. In 1988, Franconia Conference sent Pastor Bob Stevenson to Mexico for church planting and evangelism. Bob … Continue reading In the Eye of the Storm

Going to the Margins with a Missional Lens

From February 25 to March 1, 2016, I had the privilege of visiting Mexico for the first time in four years. The occasion, the Annual Red de Iglesias Misioneras Internacionales (RIMI) Leaders Conference. Translated into English, RIMI means the International Network of Missionary Churches. This network was founded by Kirk and Marilyn Hanger, of New … Continue reading Going to the Margins with a Missional Lens