Mosaic Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA)
Formation of the Mosaic Mennonite Conference was approved on 2 November 2018 when the Franconia Mennonite and Eastern District conferences held reconciliation votes during joint assemblies at Souderton Mennonite Church. Eastern District and Franconia reconciled on 1 February 2020 and operated as Eastern District and Franconia Conference until taking the name Mosaic Mennonite Conference on Pentecost 2020 (31 May 2020).
The Eastern District resulted from a division in the Franconia Conference in 1847 and eventually became part of the General Conference Mennonite Church. When the Mennonite Church (MC) to which Franconia Conference belonged merged with the General Conference Mennonite Church to form Mennonite Church USA in 2002, cooperation between the two conferences increased. Joint assemblies were held after 2012, and in 2016 the conferences voted to start a reconciliation process. There was a service of reconciliation at the joint assemblies in 2018.
The Mosaic Mennonite Conference was comprised of 57 congregations and 7,587 members at the time of its formation. One congregation announced its departure; the West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship planned to join MC USA’s Allegheny Mennonite Conference which had a more flexible polity in accepting performance of same-sex marriages by its pastors. Eight Southeast Mennonite Conference churches joined Mosaic Mennonite Conference on 7 November 2020 in order to stay connected to Mennonite Church USA after their conference voted to leave the denomination.
The Mosaic Mennonite Conference structure at it formation included a 12-member Conference Board, plus the Executive Minister, as well as an Executive Committee that worked on behalf the Board between meetings. Committees represented on the Conference Board included Finance, Ministerial and Intercultural. Steve Kriss served as the first Executive Minister, and Ken Burkholder was the first moderator of the new conference.
Mosaic Mennonite Conference Congregations
In 2020 the following congregations were members of the Mosaic Mennonite Conference:
Heinzekehr, Hannah. "Franconia, Eastern District explore reconciliation after 169 years." TheMennonite 21 November 2016. Web. 17 June 2020. https://themennonite.org/daily-news/franconia-eastern-district-explore-reconciliation-169-years/.
Howes, Sue Conrad. "A new conference looks ahead." Mosaic Mennonite Conference. 13 February 2020. Web. 17 June 2020. https://mosaicmennonites.org/2020/02/13/a-new-conference-looks-ahead/.
Huber, Tim. "Franconia, Eastern District mend a 172-year split" Mennonite World Review 4 November 2019. Web. 17 June 2020. http://mennoworld.org/2019/11/04/news/franconia-eastern-district-conferences-mend-a-172-year-split/.
"Mosaic Welcomes Florida Churches." Anabaptist World. 2 December 2020. Web. 5 December 2020. https://anabaptistworld.org/mosaic-welcomes-florida-churches/.
Servant, Emily Ralph. "A new name on Pentecost comes with power and possibilities." Mosaic Mennonite Conference. 3 June 2020. Web. 17 June 2020. https://mosaicmennonites.org/2020/06/03/a-new-name-on-pentecost-comes-with-power-and-possibilities/.
Stella, Rachel. "Franconia, Eastern District move to unite." Mennonite World Review. 4 December 2017. Web. 17 June 2020. http://mennoworld.org/2017/12/04/news/franconia-eastern-dist-move-to-unite/.
Address: 1000 Forty Foot Rd., Lansdale, PA 19446 (located at Dock Mennonite Academy)
Denominational Affiliations: Mennonite Church USA
|Author(s)||Samuel J Steiner|
|Date Published||May 2021|
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Steiner, Samuel J. "Mosaic Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2021. Web. 2 Aug 2021. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mosaic_Mennonite_Conference_(Mennonite_Church_USA)&oldid=172057.
Steiner, Samuel J. (May 2021). Mosaic Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 2 August 2021, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mosaic_Mennonite_Conference_(Mennonite_Church_USA)&oldid=172057.
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