Virginia Mennonite Conference

October 2018

Meet Michael Danner, Mennonite Church USA Associate Executive Director for Church Vitality and Engagement

October 25, 2018
by Michael Danner

Meet Michael Danner, Mennonite Church USA Associate Executive Director for Church Vitality and Engagement

About Michael Married to wife Melissa for 28 years Has three adult children, Julia, 27, Nicholas, 23, and Isabelle, 21 Has a BA in Speech Communications from University of Illinois, Urbana; a Masters in Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; a DMin in Contextual Theology from Northern Seminary Pastored at Metamora Mennonite Church, Metamora, Ill., for 18 years; Conference Executive Minister for Illinois Mennonite Conference for three years prior to current role   Although I’ve spent most of my life in the North, I was born in Sumter, South Carolina …

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Considering moral distress in the church

October 24, 2018
by Aldine Musser

Considering moral distress in the church

What it is and how we can address it Following a recent conversation on moral distress with the Faith and Life Commission, I have been reflecting on ways in which VMC has been impacted by this phenomenon over the past several years. I am convinced that paying attention to the way in which moral distress has impacted our church life can help us build moral resilience. Moral distress occurs when one knows the prescribed action to take, but doing so violates one’s moral code. Moral distress was first defined in …

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Updating VMC’s understanding of accountability

October 23, 2018
by Elroy Miller
Conference Moderator

Updating VMC’s understanding of accountability

During the summer delegate session at Conference Assembly, I reported on Conference Council’s commitment to become more transparent and accountable in the work of Conference. This means that we’re committed to providing more opportunities for folks in our churches to share their stories about how they are joining the Holy Spirit’s work on behalf of God’s church in our communities. We are simplifying and reducing the people-time it takes to do the business of Conference in order to free our people to engage mission and vision activities. We want to …

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The 3D experience and beyond

October 22, 2018
by By Johnnie Gnanamanickam
Assembly Vision Team member and Associate Pastor at Mt. Pleasant Mennonite, Chesapeake, Va.

The 3D experience and beyond

Reflections on the Conference Assembly theme and experience If you found yourself wondering what “the 3D experience” means, or are thinking, I get the out part but what’s up? What’s in? And what do 3D glasses have to do with the conference, my congregation or me?— you’re probably not alone! This language might be new and seem strange at first to some. However, the concept isn’t new or different from what we already know to be true of the basic dimensions necessary to living as disciples of Jesus Christ. One …

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