From an On Earth Peace release
The On Earth Peace board and staff met together on Oct. 6-8 and were hosted by West Charleston Church of the Brethren near Tipp City, Ohio. On Earth Peace board members Carla Gillespie and co-pastor Irv Heishman hosted the meeting with the expectation that a congregation that welcomes diversity in its midst, with Spanish and English speakers, would be a welcoming place for all members of the On Earth Peace board and especially welcoming to persons of color.
On Earth Peace welcomed two new board members: Bev Eikenberry from North Manchester, Ind., and Erin Gratz of La Verne, Calif. The board also welcomed Lamar Gibson, new development director, as well as the Anti-Racism Transformation Team co-chairs Heidi Gross from Chicago, Ill., and Amaha Sellassie from Dayton, Ohio.
The On Earth Peace board and staff welcomed Tim Harvey and Leah Hileman of the Review and Evaluation Committee as they engaged in conversation about two queries that came to the committee from the delegates at the 2016 Annual Conference in Greensboro, N.C. The two groups engaged in a process that allowed for a richer and deeper conversation, grounded in their common heritage as Brethren with Anabaptist and Pietist roots.
Other On Earth Peace business included discussion of a potential query to Annual Conference in 2017, a regularly scheduled executive director review, and a process to begin clarifying On Earth Peace’s mission and vision.