As Executive Minister of our Conference, I want to underscore our shared commitment to the Asian persons and communities in our Conference. We will continue to do our own work to uncover anti-Asian biases in our personal and communal perspectives. We deplore violence toward Asian Americans in our communities.
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As the adult cicadas are dying off here in Baltimore and their young ones are burrowing into the ground for another 17 years, I find my home and yard are becoming livable again. But as I’m tempted to settle into my own peaceful space, God shakes me from my easy comfort and calls me to a new alertness—because none of us are free until all of us are free.
Studying part-time while caring for her family and supporting her husband in ministry, Pastor Angelia finally celebrated her seminary graduation in June. Her forceful presentation left no doubt that she brings a unique strength to the ministries at Nations Worship Center. Pastor Angelia is the first Asian woman to be credentialed by Mosaic Conference.
To learn about healing processes for this trauma, twenty-five Mosaic Conference pastors and leaders gathered on June 11-12, 2021 for a hybrid workshop at Swamp (Quakertown, PA) Mennonite Church and via Zoom.
This past year has been hard on relationships – our networks may feel frayed and ragged. But when we are honest with each other and are willing to companion one another in love, we can be part of healing and hope.
I invite us to consider how we can creatively and faithfully be transformed spiritually and economically by reading the complete story of Zaccheus. Can we accept Jesus’ invitation to come in and dine with us, to repent, and allow God’s economics of jubilee transform our lives?
I’m hoping all of us with children – whatever age they may be – are thinking intentionally about how our life rhythms are forming and shaping them. And more broadly, that every one of us is committed to regular practices that develop and sustain our faith in and relationship with God.
On Saturday, June 5, several youth groups from Mosaic congregations gathered at Philadelphia (PA) Praise Center for a youth gathering involving games, art, and spiritual input.
Taftsville (VT) Chapel Mennonite Fellowship decided to “go wild.” They began supplemental Wild Church services once or twice a month on Sunday afternoons. Worshiping outside, without walls, invites and facilitates a direct connection with the holy.
The IBA has centers in virtually every area where there is an Anabaptist Hispanic church, and that it has been a fundamental resource for the training of properly grounded pastors who lead the churches God has called them to.
Book Review: Experiments in Love: An Anabaptist Theology of Risk-Taking in Mission by Emily Ralph Servant
In Experiments in Love, Emily Ralph Servant develops an Anabaptist theology of risk-taking and vulnerability for the purpose of persuading Mennonite churches to be more open to engaging in mission to the people around them.
The Worm Project is a global initiative that strives to relieve the suffering of millions of children throughout the world. For over twenty years, this all-volunteer ministry of Mosaic Conference has helped support children in the poorest countries. The goal of the Worm Project is to prevent malnutrition, caused by parasitic worms, in children.
Recovery for all requires all of us to be connected “to ourselves, to our bodies, to our families, to others, and to the world around us.”
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