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Renewed Commitments Document Released

Based on the outcomes of the Future Church Summit in Orlando 2017, the Journey Forward process began. Mennonite Church USA  executive director-to-be Glen Guyton says this process, “fulfills a promise to engage the denomination and give voice to the members of MC USA as they live out the mission of the church in their context.” … Continue reading Renewed Commitments Document Released

Immigration, Sanctuary, and the Church

By Robert Walden The following are excerpts on the Winter Peace Retreat Report.  For the full report from the Peace and Justice Committee visit efpjc.ppjr.org/pjnews/pjn1803.pdf. On February 9 to 11, around 50 participants gathered at St Mary of Providence Retreat Center in Elverson, PA to participate in the 2018 Eastern District and Franconia Conference Winter … Continue reading Immigration, Sanctuary, and the Church

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