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Across boundaries and divisions, being “Neighbors: Strangers No More”

July 25, 2017
by Jon Trotter
Communications Manager

Across boundaries and divisions, being “Neighbors: Strangers No More”

I bind my soul this day to the neighbor far away, to the stranger near at hand in this town and in this land. (Verse 2 of I Bind My Heart This Tide) In a landscape of walls and fences, of separation and alienation because others may look, sound, and act different from us, delegates and those who attended the evening worship sessions at Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly were challenged to become intentionally vulnerable, and to embrace the stranger and foreigner as our neighbor across lines of difference. In the …

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News release: VMC actions since DSA report

July 18, 2017
by VMC staff

Virginia Mennonite Conference (VMC) is actively pursuing the recommendations that were presented to us by Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) based on the D. Stafford & Associates report (DSA). The DSA report, received January 2017, contains the findings from the investigation associated with VMC leadership responses to the knowledge of Luke Hartman’s inappropriate activities. The DSA report indicated that VMC had no prior knowledge of his behaviors, but made specific recommendations for prevention education, policy reviews, and working with Lindale Mennonite Church to clarify their governance structures. Our response to …

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“Neighbors: Strangers No More” at Conference Assembly

June 27, 2017
by VMC staff

"Neighbors: Strangers No More" at Conference Assembly

Register for Conference Assembly by July 3.

Helping pastors develop intercultural competence

June 2, 2017
by Aldine Musser
Co-pastor of Stephens City Mennonite Church, Stephens City, Va.

Helping pastors develop intercultural competence

The term “white privilege” was not in my vocabulary or understanding while living in a neighborhood for 18 years, where whites were in the minority. In my faith community as a child, my Sunday School teacher and classmates were non-white. It wasn’t until I thought about attending Hesston College that I recognized it was more possible for me to leave the city than many of my neighborhood friends. Economically there were similarities — my parents couldn’t afford college and neither could my neighbors — yet I had an opportunity to …

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Register for the pre-Assembly Pastor’s Summit

May 23, 2017
by VMC staff

Virginia Mennonite Conference will again host a Pastoral Summit on Thursday, July 20, at Shady Oak (Weavers Mennonite Church) before Conference Assembly begins. This resourcing event is for all credentialed leaders in VMC. The theme, presented by Lonnie Yoder, is “Challenging/Difficult People in Congregational Life…including Ourselves.” Every congregation includes individuals or groups who, from a pastoral perspective, represent unique challenges or difficulties. In this summit we will explore helpful strategies for mutual relationship between such individuals/groups and pastoral leadership.

Leaders gather for Celebrating Congregational Life Seminar

May 4, 2017
by VMC staff

Leaders gather for Celebrating Congregational Life Seminar

Lay leaders and pastors gathered for a one-day seminar on April 22, 2017, to be better equipped for the missional impulses that nurture congregational life and the mission of the church. Celebrating Congregational Life was a resource event about disciple-making, the mission of God and the mission of the church. Speakers and workshops gave tips and resources for leaders to take back to their congregations. Dr. Art McPhee brought the keynote address at Eastern Mennonite School on “The Missional Church: Missional Living and Community Weaving,” based on Acts 2: 43-47. …

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Credentialed leaders to engage “Developing Intercultural Competence” at Consultation, May 5 & 6

April 12, 2017
by VMC Staff

Join an experienced team of facilitators for a day long engagement of sharing ideas, relevant information and practical applications that will be helpful in your every day ministry and understanding of intercultural intelligence.

Theme announced for Assembly 2017

March 28, 2017
by VMC staff

Theme announced for Assembly 2017

Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly will focus on the theme “Neighbors: Strangers No More” at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, Va., from July 20 to 22, 2017. Plan to join a time of meaningful worship, deliberation, learning, and fellowship. More information will be coming soon.

Delegates engage themes of mission and current issues at Winter Delegate Session

February 10, 2017
by VMC staff

Delegates engage themes of mission and current issues at Winter Delegate Session

At Virginia Mennonite Conference Winter Delegate Assembly on February 4, delegates engaged in worship, reflected on the mission of the church through a presentation by Dr. Art McPhee, met Eastern Mennonite University’s new president, heard reports from Virginia Mennonite Missions and other agencies of VMC, wrestled with ongoing issues of polity, were updated on the findings of and response to the D. Stafford & Associates report, and voted with regret to release a congregation from membership. Held at Waynesboro Mennonite Church, Waynesboro, Va., , the delegate session commenced after a …

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Conference responds to DSA report (UPDATES)

February 1, 2017
by VMC staff

Conference responds to DSA report (UPDATES)

NEWS RELEASE (February 10, 2017) The officers of Faith and Life Commission (FLC) of Virginia Mennonite Conference (VMC) are immediately suspending the credentials of Duane Yoder pending the completion of a formal Ministerial Credentials review process. FLC acted on Executive Conference Minister Clyde Kratz’s recommendation. The action to suspend Duane Yoder’s credentials was based on information from the DSA report, findings from Aldine Musser, Northern District Minister and a complaint issued locally against Duane Yoder. More recently, Barbra Graber, a leader in the Anabaptist Mennonite Chapter of SNAP (Survivors Network …

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