Category Archives: Clarion-Call

Congregational discernment in a pandemic Easter season

     by Heidi Regier Kreider, March 30, 2021 As your congregation observes Holy Week and celebrates Easter, do you sense new hope, energy and purpose for the future as you are encouraged by post-pandemic possibilities? Or do you feel … Continue reading

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God’s Timing: Parable of the Prodigal Hen

  I live with my husband David on a farmstead at the edge of town. For many years – even before the pandemic made backyard chickens popular – we have tended a small flock of hens. They happily eat our … Continue reading

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A More Christ-Like Way / Un camino más semejante a Cristo, Jan 26, 2021

A More Christ-Like Way      by Heidi Regier Kreider, WDC Conference Minister In December, Mennonite Church USA conference ministers gathered online with speaker Brad Jersak, an author and teacher based in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Brad has been a Mennonite pastor, … Continue reading

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Comments from the Conference Minister, Dec 1, 2020

by Heidi Regier Kreider 2020 has been a year of loss and learning, struggle and opportunity.  COVID 19 has turned our world upside down, disrupting personal life and congregational activities. Systemic racism and inequity have been starkly exposed once again, … Continue reading

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The earth is the Lord’s, September 29, 2020

by Heidi Regier Kreider, WDC Conference Minister Recently in Kansas I have observed the rising and setting sun as a big red ball on a horizon obscured by haze from wildfire smoke drifting from the west coast; this is the … Continue reading

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An open letter to ministers in WDC, September 15, 2020

     by  Heidi Regier Kreider Dear pastors, chaplains and other ministers in WDC, I know you don’t need me to tell you that this is a stressful time for ministers!  Even in “normal” times, you carry significant responsibility, work … Continue reading

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Acts of the Holy Spirit, August 18, 2020

by Heidi Regier Kreider, WDC Conference Minister How is your congregation listening to God’s word these days?  What scriptures is your congregation focusing on in worship, preaching or Sunday school?  How – and why –  have those scriptures been selected … Continue reading

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Seeds of God’s Word, July 21, 2020

     by Heidi Regier Kreider, WDC Conference Minister The WDC Church Planting Commission has been having conversations about what church plants and established congregations can learn from each other.  CPC member Tim Amor wrote in the April 21, 2020, … Continue reading

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Whiteness, Weeding and Watering / Whiteness (blancura), Weeding (quitar la maleza) y Watering (riego), June 16, 2020

by Heidi Regier Kreider, WDC Conference Minister During the past months of pandemic restrictions and stay-at-home orders, I have found renewal and refreshment through gardening.  In the midst of all the chaos and crisis of human society, gardening is a … Continue reading

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Comments from the Conference Minister, June 2020

In recent months, COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down. WDC is responding by gathering resources for congregational ministry; connecting leaders to share ideas and encouragement; and helping congregations access support such as Everence matching funds and Everence/MCC/MDS relief grants.  … Continue reading

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