New schedule announced for ministers event led by Brueggemann




Walter Brueggemann
Photo by: courtesy of Ministers Association
Walter Brueggemann

The Ministers’ Association has issued a new schedule for its pre-Conference two-day learning event featuring Walter Brueggemann, July 6-7 in St. Louis. Brueggemann, a renowned Old Testament scholar and author of over 50 books, will address the topic “Truth Speaks to Power” and the question, “How can the witness of the gospel be uttered and enacted in the midst of a public domain that now features immense concentrations of money, power, and control?”

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The event will be held in three sessions, each exploring a biblical narrative and model for our witness today. The first session at 6-8:35 p.m. on Friday, July 6, will discuss "Food Fight I--The Narrative of Greed." The second session at 9-11:35 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, will continue the theme with "Food Fight II--The Narrative of Gratitude." The third session at 1-3:35 p.m. on July 7 will conclude with "The Psalms--Script for a Counter-Culture." Each session includes brief times for worship and singing, association business, and breaks. Continuing education units are available for ordained clergy.

Cost is $75 per person for advance registration, increasing to $100 at the door. Couples may attend for $120 ($150 at the door). Current seminary students or students in the Education for Shared Ministry (EFSM) or Training in Ministry (TRIM) programs may register for $50. Onsite supervised play for children is available for $5 per child per session ($25 maximum per family). An extra fee of $10 is charged for those wanting continuing education credit. Registrations are due June 1.

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership is offering a Directed Independent Study Unit in conjunction with the Ministers’ Association event. This unit will be planned and led by TRIM coordinator Marilyn Lerch and will include pre-Conference reading, a one-hour session before and after the Ministers’ Association event, attendance at both the Ministers’ Association event and the Saturday evening worship service on July 7 for which Brueggemann will preach. A follow-up project also will be expected. There will be no tuition fee for this unit. If interested, contact Lerch at lerchma@bethanyseminary.edu or 814-623-6095.

To register for the Ministers’ Association event go to www.brethren.org/sustaining or find a flier at www.cobannualconference.org/StLouis/MinistersAssociationFlyerRegistrationForm.pdf (please note that session topics have changed). For more information contact Chris Zepp at 540-828-3711 or czepp@bwcob.org .

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