News release September 27, 2017 The September meeting of Conference Council, Virginia Mennonite Conference’s governing body, launched a temporary time of transition. Effective October 1, Executive Conference Minister Clyde G. Kratz begins a three-month sabbatical. Conference Council hired Gordon Zook, former Oversight Leader for VMC’s Leadership/Administration Cluster, to serve as a part-time interim Conference Minister.…

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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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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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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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"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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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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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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