Congregational Life Ministries is partnering with organizations in the United Kingdom to present “Crucible Webinars” in June and July, on the topics “The Virtual Self” and “The Art of Resilience: Nurturing Practices for Flourishing.” Sponsors include the Church of the Brethren Congregational Life Ministries, Anabaptist Network UK, Bristol Baptist College, Mennonite Trust, and Urban Expression UK.
“The Virtual Self” is presented by Simon Jay on Wednesday, June 14, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Eastern time). Jay lives in Birmingham, England, and with his wife, Rachel, set up the Haven Community Project. They intentionally moved into the area leading an Urban Expression team working alongside the community. He is a graduate student at Bristol Baptist College, and is involved with various agencies dedicated to foster caregiving. “As we create and interact with our online digital presence, what is happening to our identity?” asked a description of the webinar. “Is this new world of online identities enabling us to connect with more people or creating isolation? Can we use this forum as an influence for good or are their other agendas influencing us?”
“The Art of Resilience: Nurturing Practices for Flourishing” is presented by Alexandra (Alex) Ellish on Thursday, July 20, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Eastern time). After six years of ministry in London’s multicultural east side, Ellish moved with her family to join an Urban Expression church-planting team in East London. She is a coordinator with Urban Expression UK and works with the Anabaptist Network and Mennonite Trust as a development worker. Her ministry focuses on engaging younger adults and activists interested in following Jesus in a peacemaking tradition and building relationships with organizations committed to nonviolence and social justice.
A continuing education credit of 0.1 for each webinar is available for ministers who attend the live events only. A link to the webinars and more information is at www.brethren.org/webcasts .