May 29, 2014

Loren Swartzendruber

Conference leaders gather for conversation about EMU listening process

by Emily Ralph, associate director of communication

Credentialed leaders from Franconia and Eastern District Conferences gathered on May 5 at Towamencin Mennonite Church to dialogue with Loren Swartzendruber, president of Eastern Mennonite University.   Read more….

Introducing Nueva Vida Norristown New Life

Nueva Vida Norristown New Life Mennonite Church is located on the corner of Marshall and Swede Sts in Norristown, Pa. about a block from the Montgomery County Courthouse.  The intercultural, multilingual, urban Mennonite church that exists today was formed by God in 1990 through the joining together of three Mennonite congregations in Norristown—one Latino, one African American, and one Anglo and African American. Read more…. Nueva Vida Norristown New Life

Featured blog: An Insider Look at Isla Vista

by Rob Martin, Abnormal Anabaptist*

This past weekend, our country, yet again, was rocked by another seemingly senseless mass shooting in Isla Vista, CA.  It seems that this is becoming a once a month event.  Somewhere, there is another person (most likely male), arming himself to go out and take retribution against a society that he feels has hurt him.  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
Youth Worship Event

  • WHEN: June 1, 12-3pm
  • WHERE: The lawn outside the Mennonite Conference Center and Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville, Pa.
  • WHAT: Jr and Sr High Youth from Eastern District and Franconia Conferences to worship together on the lawn! RSVP
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!


2015 Kansas City Mennonite Convention Newsletter AvailablePlanning is well underway for the next Mennonite Church USA’s biennial convention, June 30-July 5, 2015 in Kansas City, MO. In this second newsletter we describe our hopes and dreams for each convention, introduce you to the people involved in planning the worship services, share some memories of past conventions as well as Isaac Villegas’ reflections of Luke 24. This newsletter and the latest information about the convention, can also be found on our website at

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