Dr. Scot McKnight leads “Kingdom vision as a way of life”

Dr. Scot McKnight, author of The Kingdom Conspiracy, will speak in a series of events in Harrisonburg, September 28-29, 2016. Hosted by a partnership of agencies (Eastern Mennonite University, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Park View Mennonite Church, Virginia Mennonite Conference and Virginia Mennonite Missions) and co-sponsored by Eastern Mennonite University’s Augsburger Lectureship, Dr. McKnight will lead…

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Youth Workers’ Summit explore “Yearning to Know and Be Known”

Those working with upper middle school students to younger adults (ages 13-19) are invited to participate in a Youth Workers’ Summit: “Yearning to Know and Be Known: Naked Conversations about Sexuality and Spirituality,” October 7-8, 2016, with speaker Debra Hirsch. She is the author of Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations about Sexuality and Spirituality. This event…

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Asheville Mennonite Church volunteers serve veterans

I have been helping to serve dinner at the Veterans Restoration Quarters in Asheville, N.C., with other volunteers from Asheville Mennonite Church. As veterans come through the serving line, interacting with them is enjoyable but usually very hurried and brief. I find that refilling their drinks afterwards allows me to meet them on a more…

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Building frameworks of Christian formation at Huntington

David Mishler

For over six months, the new Christian Formation Team (CFT) at Huntington Mennonite Church has been wrestling with what an Anabaptist Christian formation “framework” might look like. The task assigned to our group comes from newly-formulated congregational guidelines with the following purpose statement: “Building on the foundation of the life and teachings of Jesus, [CFT]…

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Serious Sunday School

Ryan Ahlgrim

A proposal to bring seminary level content to adult classes I have a proposal for strengthening spiritual formation for adults: let’s make adult Sunday school more like seminary, and let’s get seminary into adult Sunday school! What are the essential classes every Christian should take in order to become a mature and effective disciple of…

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Faith formation in the congregational life

Elroy Miller

At 19, I left the farm and my family near Goshen, Indiana, and traveled to Costa Rica, Central America, to engage in voluntary service during the Vietnam War. I was five months into my 26-month stay, crazy homesick, and in a real spiritual crisis. My childhood and youth of attending three church services a week,…

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Middle School event: Trust in a God who trusts in you

Deb Horst

On a cool rainy Saturday in September, ninety middle school youth and seventeen youth leaders, representing thirteen churches, gathered at Eastern Mennonite High School for a Middle School one-day youth event. Welcomed by Clyde Kratz, Executive Conference Minister, and led in lively worship by Seth Crissman and Greg Troyer, the event featured speaker Rebekka Stutzman.…

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Our Stories, God’s Story: Mennonite Women of Virginia retreat

[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”3″ gal_title=”Mennonite Womens Retreat 2015″]   “My story is as sacred to God as God’s story is sacred to me. Nothing is lost on the breath  of God,” became a familiar refrain by the end of Mennonite Women of Virginia retreat, October 30-November 1. A crisp fall weekend at Massanetta Springs Resort, near Harrisonburg,…

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