Helping pastors develop intercultural competence

Ertell M. Whigham Jr.

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…

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Register for the pre-Assembly Pastor’s Summit

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…

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Leaders gather for Celebrating Congregational Life Seminar

Celebrating Congregational Life

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…

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Theme announced for Assembly 2017

"We're Glad You're Our Neighbor" sign

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.

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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…

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Credentialed Leaders Consultation on Racism announced

Save the date for the Spring 2017 Credentialed Leaders Consultation addressing racism. More details about the topic and presenters will be coming soon. DATE & TIME: Friday, May 5, 2017, most likely 8 or 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. LOCATION: Shady Oak at Weavers’ Mennonite Church, Rawley Pike (Rt 33) in Harrisonburg. Shady Oak is the…

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Register for Mennonite Women’s Annual Missions Event

Moriah Hurst

Join women from around the Conference on Saturday, May 6, 10:00 AM at First Mennonite Church, 601 E. Parham Rd., Richmond, VA. Speaker Moriah Hurst will provide input. Spend the day together: Mennonite Women of Virginia has reserved a coach bus to travel from Harrisonburg-Waynesboro-Richmond and back again. Plan to get lunch and spend some…

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“Life is a Pilgrimage” is theme of 2017 Ministry Retreat

  As we live in times of busyness, times of mounting tensions and conflict within the church and world, and exhaustion from schedules, pastors are invited to come away for rest, meditation upon biblical pilgrimages and stories, laughter, and sharing. How do you sense God in your own life’s pilgrimage? There will be four sessions…

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