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Conversation on Race and the Church
August 21st, 2013

Conversation on Race and the Church
September 21, 2013
Saturday, 7-9pm
Historic Germantown Meetinghouse

(6133 Germantown Ave Philadelphia, PA 19144)

Recent racial tension has unveiled that racism and racial division continue to plague society enormously. More unsettling is research showing that Christians in general are even more racially divided than the rest of society and have deeper disagreements on racial issues. How can it be that the Church of Jesus, which has been called to reflect a profound unity in Christ across all dividing social boundaries, has failed so dramatically in being a visible alternative witness in America, given the obvious racial history that exists in this land? As together we look to conform our lives to Christ, please join us for an evening of conversation on Race and the Church, led by Drew Hart (PhD student and associate pastor at Montco Bible Fellowship in Lansdale) with Ben Walter (co-pastor of Ripple congregation in Allentown), who will model reconciling dialogue and help us to initiate much needed conversations in our congregations. Pastor Hart will speak about understanding racism in the 21st century and will challenge the Church to move forward in solidarity and unity as we follow Jesus faithfully.

This event is sponsored by the Peace & Justice Committee. For some of Drew's recent writing, visit his blog. Questions? Contact Samantha Lioi, Peace and Justice Minister, 484-632-2651, samantha@interculturalchurch.com.

Worship Resources for Peace Sunday 2013
August 15th, 2013

Peace Sunday is now customarily observed on the Sunday closest to United Nations International Day of Peace (September 21 – every year). In 2013, “Peace Sunday” can be observed on Sept. 22 – or another Sunday of one’s choosing.
Peace Sunday Worship Resources:
  • www.mcc.org (MCC-U.S. and MCUSA)
  • mwc-cmm.org (Mennonite World Conference)
Also, you can find more Peace Sunday resources here.

Vegetable Basket Program
July 5th, 2013

The Vegetable Basket Program will begin weekly pick up of garden produce donations on Monday, July 8, 2013.
Drop off your produce by 9am on Monday mornings at any of the designated collection points.
See details here, or download this Vegetable Basket flyer.

Congregational Peace Representatives
June 15th, 2013

We are in the process of organizing a support network for Congregational Peace Representatives from each of our local churches. In May, some of the newly assigned Peace Representatives met with Samantha Lio for conversation and reflection, and more meetings are planned so that all Peace Reps will have a chance to gather at least twice a year. For more details, see the Congregational Peace Representative job description (PDF).

Walking in the Way of Peace – Winning Essays
December 31st, 2012

Two “winning” entries have been chosen from the Walking in the Way of Peace” competition. Read these essays here (PDF files):
•  Walking in the Way of Peace, by Brenda Shelly (Blooming Glen Mennonite Church), and
•  Why “Walking in the Way of Peace” Requires Grace, by Michael Meneses
     (Wellspring Church of Skippack).

Becky Felton (May 12, 1953 – November 2, 2012)
November 15th, 2012

Becky Felton passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday night November 2, 2012 after a courageous struggle with cancer. Becky has been a persistent advocate for peace and justice in her congregation, Perkasie Mennonite, in her community, and with the Peace & Justice Committee. Becky served the Peace & Justice Committee as secretary, as financial secretary, and for the past ten years as registrar for our annual Winter Peace Retreat.

Becky is survived by her husband Jon and their adult children Cody and Torey.

Samantha Lioi – Peace and Justice Minister
June 1st, 2012

Samanatha Lioi has been named Peace and Justice Minister for Eastern District and Franconia Conferences with responsibility to work directly with our congregations in cultivating a holistic peace witness and to facilitate intercultural dialogue among different congregations.

Lioi, a graduate of AMBS (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary), moved to Allentown in November 2010 to give additional leadership to the Whitehall congregation and help birth the Zume House, an intentional community that in-cludes pastors from the Whitehall and Ripple congregations. Lioi finished her short-term service at Whitehall in January, but continues to be involved in the life of both of these congregations.

She is in the process of meeting with pastors and other leaders to learn how congregations are already modeling God’s peace and what kind of support would be helpful. Read more here about her background and current work; or contact her to schedule a meeting.

Samantha Lioi is also helping to organize intercultural Bible study groups. See
Intercultural Bible Reading for details, or explore the web resources at interculturalchurch.com.

Peace Resources

Here are a few links from our Peace Resource pages: (If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact the PJC).

Contact the Peace and Justice Committee

For further information about the PJC or any of the activities listed here, please contact us.
We welcome opportunities to work together with other Mennonite peace committees on issues of mutual concern.
Also see the Peace Resource page for other Peace and Justice resources.