Category Archives: Christian-Formation

Move Toward the Light! March 5, 2019

by Kathy Neufeld Dunn, Associate Conference Minister (Kansas-Based) “Live as children of light…and find out what pleases the Lord” (Ephesians 5.8a, 10). David Anderson Hooker, a pastor-mediator-attorney-and sometime biology lab assistant, told a parable about sea slugs during AMBS Pastors and … Continue reading

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VBS: Faith Formation or Mission or Both?! February 5, 20190

by Kathy Neufeld Dunn, Associate Conference Minister (Kansas-based) It’s time to think about Vacation Bible School!  I know there’s another dose of cold just around the corner, but summer really will be here before we know it.  VBS can be a prime … Continue reading

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The Gospel in Seven Words, January 29, 2019

by Jennie Wintermote, Conference Resource Library Director During 2018 WDC observed the “Year of Evangelism” and explored together what it means to share the Good News with those around us.  As we live in a society increasingly impacted by globalization … Continue reading

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Liberating Christmas? December 4, 2018

by Kathy Neufeld Dunn, Associate Conference Minister (Kansas-Based) I don’t want to sound like The Grinch, but is anyone else tired of the lead-up to Christmas and the way that we’ve come to celebrate one of the holiest of days … Continue reading

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“O Little Town of Bethlehem”, November 6, 2018

     by Kathy Neufeld Dunn, WDC Associate Conference Minister (Kansas-Based) O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep, The silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting … Continue reading

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Joy Every Day, October 2, 2018

     by Jennie Wintermote, Library Director Grapes. Stroller. Crayons. Music. Did you know these are special, powerful words?  At my house they are.  Any one of them results in a shrieking, gleeful toddler radiating joy–pure joy.  Every hour of every … Continue reading

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Sisters Talk about Sharing the Good News, September 4, 2018

by Kathy Neufeld Dunn, WDC Associate Conference Minister (Kansas-Based) My sister visited me recently.  She lives far away in a city without a Mennonite Church anywhere nearby, so we talk quite a bit about Mennonite Church USA and the churches of … Continue reading

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Rich Resources in our Conference! August 7, 2018

     by Kathy Neufeld Dunn, WDC Associate Conference Minister (Kansas-Based) It occurred to me at our recent Western District Conference Annual Assembly that we have many, many resources in our conference. Let me start with the obvious one:  We have … Continue reading

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Different Rhythms, July 3, 2018

     by Jennie Wintermote, Conference Resource Library Director For many, the summer is a time of different rhythms.  For teachers and students, summer brings a break from regular academic work.  For camp staff the warmest months are the busiest months.  … Continue reading

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Dandelions: Another Sign of the Kingdom?! June 5, 2018

    by Kathy Neufeld Dunn, Associate Conference Minister I don’t know about you, but my yard has way too many dandelions in it this year!  I struggle each year to decide if I should try to exterminate them with a … Continue reading

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