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Compelling Vision Conversations at Annual Conference

March 12, 2019

As we gather in Greensboro, N.C., during Annual Conference to “Proclaim Christ, Reclaim Passion,” business sessions will feel different to Conference-goers. Worship, Bible study, and conversations designed to help us discern God’s call for us as the body of Christ will be the focus of the business agenda at the 2019 Annual Conference.

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Compelling vision online conversation is offered March 23

February 21, 2019

The Compelling Vision Process Team is hosting an online compelling vision conversation on Saturday, March 23, at 3 p.m. (Eastern time). This is an opportunity for those who have been unable to participate in one of the district-based gatherings to take part in a compelling vision conversation.

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Annual Conference registration opens March 4, business schedule will focus on compelling vision

February 21, 2019

Annual Conference 2019 will be a very different event this year, according to Conference director Chris Douglas. Instead of a usual business schedule, the delegate body will spend much of its time in compelling vision conversations. Nondelegates may reserve seats at tables during the business sessions in order to fully participate in those conversations. And the Conference will hold a love feast for the first time in decades.

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Joe A. Detrick and David Sollenberger top Annual Conference ballot for 2019

February 8, 2019

The ballot to be presented to the 2019 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren has been released. Topping the ballot are two nominees for moderator-elect: Joe A. Detrick and David Sollenberger. Other offices to be filled by election are positions on the Program and Arrangements Committee, the Mission and Ministry Board, and the boards of Bethany Seminary, Brethren Benefit Trust, and On Earth Peace. Elections will be held during the Conference on July 3-7 in Greensboro, N.C.

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Brethren are invited to spiritual preparation for visioning at Annual Conference

February 8, 2019

The Compelling Vision Process Team is inviting all Brethren to connect with a Facebook page dedicated to spiritual preparation for the visioning conversations that will happen during the 2019 Annual Conference in Greensboro, N.C. The page is titled, “COB Compelling Vision Spiritual Connection Page” and may be found at www.facebook.com/COB-Compelling-Vision-Spiritual-Connection-Page-1050919648604889 .

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Districts consider policies on same-sex marriage

October 5, 2018

Items on same-sex marriage are receiving attention at several district conferences this fall, with agenda items seeking to formalize district policies following the actions of the 2017 Annual Conference that affirmed the role of districts in handling manners of ministerial conduct.

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Newsline for July 14, 2018

July 14, 2018

ANNUAL CONFERENCE OVERVIEW 1) Task of seeking a ‘compelling vision’ is begun with conversation among Conference-goers 2) Delegates affirm the ecumenical and interfaith work of the church 3) ‘Creation Care: Faith into Action’ recommendations are adopted 4) Conference adopts new vision for a global Church of the Brethren 5) ‘Vitality and Viability’ report focuses on providing resources for renewed vitality 6) Changes to the Church of the Brethren bylaws are approved, among other business 7) Paul Mundey to serve as moderator-elect of Annual Conference, among other elections and appointments 8) Standing Committee discusses Michigan District situation 9) Annual Conference welcomes new projects, fellowships, and congregations 10) ‘Witness to the Host City’ aids women in rehabilitation treatment, and their children 11) Annual Conference by the numbers, and more from Cincinnati NEWS 12) Vietnam initiative focuses on babies with Retinopathy of Prematurity 13) Brethren bits

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A road to freedom

July 8, 2018

In downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, there is a museum dedicated to the Underground Railroad and slavery in the United States. As soon as I began viewing the first part of the exhibit, I was overcome with emotion, seeing the portrayals of men bound in chains staring down the barrel of a gun. My eyes filled with tears.

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Annual Conference by the numbers, and more from Cincinnati

July 8, 2018

Where to find more online coverage on the 2018 Annual Conference, Conference “by the numbers,” “The Not-so-big Church” video report, Bethany’s new logo, Revelation 7:9 Award, Open Roof congregations, international guests, 5K top finishers, clergywomen’s retreat, more.

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Conference adopts new vision for a global Church of the Brethren

July 7, 2018

Annual Conference on July 7 adopted the paper, “Vision for a Global Church of the Brethren.” This document was brought by the Mission and Ministry Board at the initiative of staff of Global Mission and Service, and has been in process for some time. Those involved in its development include the Mission Advisory Committee and church leaders from several countries.

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‘Poetry is something you discover’

July 7, 2018

As Wendy McFadden introduced the session “Poetry: Read It. Write It,” she remarked that it is the first or only insight session on the specific topic of poetry that she is aware of in her history with Annual Conference. If that is the case, Ken Gibble stepped up to the plate.

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