Caleb Schrock Hurst and The Mennonite Staff | August 1, 2016
Around 200 attendees gathered July 21-23 for the annual assembly of Virginia Mennonite Conference (VMC) at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg. The theme of the gathering was “Adopted: Peril and Promise in the Household of God.”
In the midst of controversy, people came to worship. A time of silence was followed by the hymn, “Come Bring Your Burdens to God.” Select members of congregations carried rocks, representing burdens, to the foot of a cross at the front of the sanctuary. By the following day, the pile of rocks had been assembled into an altar.