July 10, 2014

Members of Nations Worship Center and Salford Mennonite Church share food and worship on Thanksgiving Day, 2012.

Nations Worship celebrates new space, all invited

by Samantha Lioi, minister of peace & justice

Beny Krisbianto and other leaders of Nations Worship Center are celebrating a milestone in their long journey toward a new space for worship. Since the congregation purchased a building a few years ago in an historic Italian neighborhood in South Philly, renovation has been slow. Read more….

Surprised by the call

by Phil Bergey, Blooming Glen

My work as an executive coach and process consultant requires me to travel around the country as I work with church-related organizations from various denominations. I enjoy my work and was looking forward to doing more of it after having recently finished a Ph.D in human and organizational systems. Read more….

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Featured Blog: The challenge with change

by Ken Byler, Higher Ground Leaders Forum*

Many of my leadership coaching and teaching engagements are focused on helping a person or a team to confront and embrace change. Read more….

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Mark Your Calendars

Mark your Calendar For a complete listing of upcoming events, check out the Franconia Conference Calendar. The Conference office keeps a Google calendar of congregational and Conference Related Ministries events to help avoid scheduling conflicts—so please help us keep it up to date! Add your event to the calendar by sending an event invitation to calendar@franconiaconference.org.

Conference Assembly 2014

  • WHEN: November 14 & 15, 2014
  • WHERE: Penn View Christian School in Souderton, Pa.
  • WHAT: Joint assembly with Eastern District Conference including worship, workshops, delegate sessions, and more!

Reading the Bible through Anabaptist Eyes

  • WHEN: October 25
  • WHAT: An equipping event and conversation for pastors and congregational leaders. Coming to Franconia Conference on Saturday, October 25. Details coming soon.  


Have you discovered Mennonite World Conference on Facebook?

Mennonite World Conference is coming to Pennsylvania in 2015 and you can help spread the word! Check out MWC on Facebook, like the page, and participate in conversations by commenting and liking posts. By adding your voice, you not only contribute to the global conversation, you also help spread the word. So it’s a win-win!


Works of John Howard Yoder now available online

An online digital library containing nearly 250 unpublished, informally published and popular works by theologian John Howard Yoder is now available for scholars and students around the world.

Visit the John Howard Yoder online library

A collaborative project undertaken by Goshen College’s Mennonite Historical Library, the Mennonite Church USA Archives and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), the digital library is freely accessible through the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) and Indiana Memory websites. The library also includes the full text of the “Concern” pamphlet series, articles written by young American Mennonite intellectuals between 1954 and 1971.

Jamie Pitts, assistant professor of Anabaptist studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, said that the digital library “gives unparalleled access to Yoder’s unpublished and hard-to-find writings, from early essays in the Gospel Herald to later grapplings with philosophical issues.”

John Howard Yoder (1927-1997) was a prominent Mennonite theologian who introduced Anabaptist ideas into mainstream Christian theology. He served on the faculty of Goshen Biblical Seminary (1958-1959), Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (1960-1984, 1997), and Notre Dame University (1967-1997). His 1972 book, “The Politics of Jesus,” was named one of the top five theology books of the 20th century by Christianity Today.

“Scholars in fields such as Christian ethics, political theology and Mennonite history will benefit from having easy access to this material, as it demonstrates how Yoder’s thought unfolded over time in a variety of institutional and dialogical contexts,” Pitts said. “By giving us a more comprehensive portrait of Yoder as a thinker, the digital library will facilitate the necessary, if difficult, evaluation of the full complexity of his legacy.”

Yoder’s ministry credentials were suspended in 1992 and revoked in 1996 after sexual abuse of dozens of women came to light. In 2013, Mennonite Church USA formed a six-member discernment group to address Yoder’s abuse of women and the church’s response to the women affected by his actions.

The John Howard Yoder Digital Library was funded by a grant of $12,023 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library. Recently the Shalom Foundation, a foundation created to distribute the royalties of John Howard Yoder’s publications, awarded an additional $2,000 grant to continue to build this digital library.

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