Theologian and author Diana Butler Bass is the featured speaker for the Church of the Brethren Ministers’ Association annual continuing education event this year, held just prior to Annual Conference. “Gratitude: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks” is the theme for the gathering on July 3-4 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“Amid division, stress, and anxiety, why should anyone care about gratitude?” said an announcement. “In ‘Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks’ (HarperOne; Hardcover; April 3, 2018) cultural observer and theologian Diana Butler Bass argues that gratitude is central to both our personal and political lives--and that it may be the single most important spiritual practice we can engage in times of turmoil and conflict.”
Butler Bass holds a doctorate in religious studies from Duke University, has taught at the college and graduate level, and currently is an independent scholar, teaching and preaching internationally on matters of religion and spirituality.
Three main sessions will be led by Butler Bass on Tuesday evening, July 3, and Wednesday morning and afternoon, July 4. Cost to attend ranges from $45 for first timers, to $50 for seminary and academy students, to $85 for an individual or $135 for a couple. These prices increase if paid at the door. A buffet luncheon on Wednesday, childcare, and continuing education credit for ordained ministers are available at additional cost.
For more information go to www.brethren.org/ministryoffice/sustaining.html . For a brochure and printable registration form go to www.brethren.org/ac/2018/documents/brethren-ministers-association-event-2018.pdf . Online registration is at www.cognitoforms.com/ChurchOfTheBrethren1/BrethrenMinistersAssociation2018PreAnnualConferenceEvent .