“Inspiration 2017" will be the first National Older Adult Conference to be live-streamed on the Internet. All keynote addresses, worship services, afternoon programs, and daily Bible studies will be available to view live online through a partnership with Enten and Mary Eller and Living Stream Church of the Brethren. This is especially important for conference “alumni/ae” who are no longer able to travel to the conference location in Lake Junaluska, N.C., and who long to be part of the NOAC community.
Once the conference starts, streaming will be available through following prompts at www.brethren.org/Inspiration2017 . Following the conference, DVDs of these presentations will be available for purchase by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-742-5100 ext. 306.
“For the first time, people all over the nation will be able to be part of plenary sessions, Bible studies with Dr. Stephen Breck Reid, and worship services,” said an invitation made in particular to residents of Church of the Brethren retirement communities. “Speakers include nationally recognized ecumenical leaders such as Jim Wallis, Missy Buchanan, and Rodger Nishioka, and denominational leaders Wendy McFadden, Susan Boyer, and Peggy Reiff Miller.”
The NOAC organizers have invited retirement communities to schedule special screenings of NOAC events, use them as part of the activities offered to their residents, incorporate worship sessions into chapel services, or hold small group Bible studies with NOAC sessions.
Here is the streaming schedule for “Inspiration 2017" (all times are Eastern Standard Time):
Monday, Sept. 4:
7-8:45 p.m., worship on the theme “Generation to Generation: Welcoming Jesus” (Luke 2: 25-38) with preacher Rodger Nishioka
Tuesday, Sept. 5:
8:45-9:50 a.m., Bible study on the theme “Moses and the Sandwich Generation: Between Jethro and Joshua” (Exodus 18:13-18 and Deuteronomy 31:7-8) led by Stephen Breck Reid, sponsored by the Fellowship of Brethren Homes
10:30-11:45 a.m., keynote presentation on the theme “Bringing the Generations Together to Faithfully Navigate the Joys and Jolts of Aging” given by Missy Buchanan, sponsored by Upper Room Books
4-5 p.m., afternoon program titled “Wading in the Water: Stories from the Depths” presented by Jonathan Hunter
7-8:45 p.m., evening program titled “NOAC News: From Trolleys to Tubs. The Inside Story” presented by the NOAC News Team of David Sollenberger, Chris Brown, and Larry Glick, sponsored by Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT)
Wednesday, Sept. 6:
8:45-9:50 a.m., Bible study on the theme “Not Grimm’s Fairytales: Female Solidarity Across Generations” (Ruth) led by Stephen Breck Reid, sponsored by the Fellowship of Brethren Homes
10:30-11:45 a.m., keynote presentation on the theme “The Bridge to a New America” with speaker Jim Wallis of Sojourners, sponsored by BBT
4-5 p.m., afternoon program titled “Beyond Today: Why the Future of the Church of the Brethren Is Intercultural, Intergenerational, and Calls Us to Plant Churches in New Places and do Church in New Ways” presented by Annual Conference moderator Samuel Sarpiya, with Gimbiya Kettering, director of Intercultural Ministries
7-8:45 p.m., worship on the theme “Generation to Generation: Sharing Jesus” (2 Timothy 1:1-7) with preacher Susan Boyer, sponsored by the Palms of Sebring
Thursday, Sept. 7:
8:45-9:50 a.m., Bible study on the theme “Generations Under Stress” (Esther 4: 13-17) led by Stephen Breck Reid, sponsored by the Fellowship of Brethren Homes
9:50-10 a.m., dedication of gifts of Church World Service kits and books for Junaluska Elementary School
10:30-11:45 a.m., keynote presentation titled “Delivering Hope to the Next Generation” given by Peggy Reiff Miller, sponsored by Heifer International
4-5 p.m., afternoon program presenting “Birds of Prey from the Balsam Mountain Trust,” led by naturalist Michael Skinner
7-8:45 p.m., Memorial Slide Show produced by BBT, followed by an evening program titled “Hymn Sing: Hymns Old and New” led by Chris Good and Seth Hendricks
Friday, Sept. 8:
9-11 a.m., worship on the theme “Generation to Generation: Loving Jesus” (Mark 10:13-16) with preacher Wendy McFadden, sponsored by Bethany Theological Seminary
For more information go to www.brethren.org/noac .