Category Archives: national

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

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.

Perspective from a Veteran and a Mennonite Pastor

by Ben Walter, co-pastor at Ripple The national anthem protests in the NFL this week  have brought everyone to the table with opinions, praises, threats, and outrage. As a US Army veteran, I can understand why many people think it is a big deal that someone would decide to sit or kneel instead of standing … Continue reading Perspective from a Veteran and a Mennonite Pastor

Hurricane Harvey Update: MDS Team in Texas

(Originally Published on MDS Website – August 30, 2017) By Mark Beach Lititz, Pa. – A Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) assessment team arrived Wednesday in southeast Texas to explore early response needs for clean-up and rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey. While blue skies and sunny weather greeted them, they were quickly in contact with the Long-Term Recovery … Continue reading Hurricane Harvey Update: MDS Team in Texas

Love in Action at Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017

This year thousands of Mennonites from across the United States gathered in Orlando, Florida for the biennial Mennonite Church USA (MCUSA) Convention. The purpose of convention is to empower the church to achieve its vision, purpose and mission. Over the four days, members of congregations from across the country attend daily worship, workshops/seminars, participate in … Continue reading Love in Action at Mennonite Church USA Convention 2017

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