What does it mean to be God’s family? The Church of the Brethren has committed itself to being transformed completely—as individuals, as congregations, as a denomination—so that we continually grow into the vision of Revelation 7:9. We seek to be separate no more.
After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. (Revelation 7:9)
Read the Annual Conference paper, "Becoming a Multi-Ethnic Church."
The work of discipleship serves to restore our relationships, with one another and with God, in ways that uphold justice and righteousness. This includes the work to eliminate white supremacy in all its forms. Discipleship Ministries offers resources and opportunities to learn more about the impact of race and racism on our nation, the identity of the church, and individual discipleship.
Cincinnati, the site of this year's Annual Conference, is interwoven with the complicated history of race in our nation. Christians along the Ohio River wrestled with Scriptures as they made decisions about how to live out their faith in the context of the slavery, Jim Crow, and the on-going manifestations of White supremacy. Many who participated in the Underground Railroad did so because their faith insisted on the sanctity of life and that we are all equals before God. Yet, as recently as 2001, there have been protests as people struggle to be recognized as equal citizens before the law. Join us on a Scripture-inspired tour of a region that has monuments to the Confederacy and a museum celebrating the Underground Railroad. Go to the Dikaios and Discipleship website for more information.
Intercultural Ministries news
- Conferees discuss bridge-building at Pacific Southwest District gathering April 1, 2014
- Next intercultural gathering to be co-sponsored by Pacific Southwest District February 7, 2014
- Great Multitude Symposium considers the intercultural vision of church November 14, 2013
- The Time Is Now: An Annual Conference statement from the summer of 1963 August 23, 2013
- Brethren are challenged to confront self imposed cultural boundaries July 9, 2013