Category Archives: WDC-Stories

Step Up participants reflect on their experiences

“Step Up”, a program launched at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando in July, encouraged youth to engage in the discussions and  work of the delegates and the larger Mennonite Church.  Hear below from WDC’s three Step Up participants: … Continue reading

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Holy Ground

by Elizabeth Raid When the speaker for the WDC women’s luncheon at the Annual Assembly on August 5 walked to the podium with a mask covering her face, I wondered who this mysterious woman was. Her translator stood beside her … Continue reading

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Annual Assembly 2017 Highlights

WDC Annual Assembly took place August 4-6, 2017, at the Doubletree Hotel in Arlington, TX, celebrating WDC’s 125th anniversary with the theme “Rooted and Built Up in Christ” from Colossians 2:6-7. As participants arrived for registration, they were offered a polo-shirt … Continue reading

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Israel Palestine Voices for Peace

by Katie Mitchell-Koch, member of WDC Israel-Palestine Task Force April 17-19 was the Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace Kansas tour, hosted by WDC.  Speakers were Laura Tillem, Jewish Voice for Peace, Wichita, and Jonathan Kuttab, a Mennonite Palestinian human … Continue reading

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Agri-Urban to Close Doors

by Carol Duerksen The concept was simple:  Urban people bought cattle, and farmers fed them. Simple, but in the early 1970’s when Elbert Koontz began to sell the dream to Western District Conference officers, the responses were mixed.  Some thought … Continue reading

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Rooted and Built Up in Christ – Assembly 2017

Welcome to Texas where “Big things happen here.” It will be a blessing to have you in Arlington, Texas, during our Annual Assembly and as we gather as pilgrims on a journey of faith and seeking God’s presence. The Assembly … Continue reading

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Comments from the Conference Minister, April 2017

Heidi Regier Kreider What do a leaky toilet and a congregational visioning process have in common?  They are both issues that we might face in a typical week at the WDC office!  The toilet down the hall is leaking, and … Continue reading

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Loving the Stranger

  WDC asked for brief stories of what congregations are doing to minister with immigrants and refugees.  These   accounts are some responses of how you are “loving the stranger” in your congregational and community          contexts.  And we know that a great amount … Continue reading

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Comments from the Conference Minister, February 2017

by Heidi Regier Kreider Rooted and Built Up in Christ is the theme selected by the WDC Executive Board for 2017, WDC’s 125th anniversary year.  The theme is based on Colossians 2:6-7:  “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the … Continue reading

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What’s So Funny and Not So Funny About Money?

How do we spend our money?  Why is it so hard to talk about our finances? How does our faith fit in to fiscal affairs? Is the banjo really necessary for the show? These are big questions, best asked with … Continue reading

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