Annual Conference 2011 in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan - July 2, 2011 to July 6, 2011


Malinda Berry speaks for Bethany Theological Seminary Luncheon (July 5, 2011)

Speaker for the Bethany luncheon was Malinda Berry, associate professor of Theology and director of the Master of Arts program at the seminary. Her presentation, “Breaking Stone, Set in Bread: How the Arts Change Our Perspective,” included visual images to show ways theology is expressed through art. Read more »

Brethren Revival Fellowship dinner considers ‘Hope in the Darkness’ (July 5, 2011)

The Brethren Revival Fellowship (BRF) held its dinner meeting on July 5. A large number of people gathered for fellowship, food, music, and inspiration. The Zumbrum Singers from Blue River Church of the Brethren in Northern Indiana District brought the musical part of the meeting. Jordan Keller, a licensed minister from Lewiston (Maine) Church of the Brethren, brought the message on “Hope in the Darkness.” Read more »

Delegates act on Special Response business, return business items, reaffirm 1983 paper on human sexuality (July 5, 2011)

The 2011 Annual Conference has acted on two business items related to issues of sexuality--"A Statement of Confession and Commitment" and “Query: Language on Same-Sex Covenantal Relationships”--have been the subject of a two-year Special Response Process across the denomination. The Conference approved a recommendation from the Standing Committee of district delegates, and an amendment that added a sentence to the recommendation. Read more »

Conference adopts query on climate change, returns query on proper decorum (July 5, 2011)

The 2011 Annual Conference acted on two queries brought to the delegate body on Tuesday, July 5. The Conference returned the “Query: Proper Decorum” brought by Mountain Grove Church of the Brethren and Shenandoah District, and adopted the “Query: Guidance for Responding to the Changing of Earth’s Climate” brought by Circle of Peace Church of the Brethren and Pacific Southwest District. Read more »

Global Ministries Dinner hears from Rita Nakashima Brock (July 5, 2011)

“It took Jesus a thousand years to die.” Rita Nakashima Brock, director of Faith Voices for the Common Good, began her presentation with this startling statement. What she meant, she said, is “there is an absence of his image hanging on the cross dead until the year 960.” Brock said that thanks to her study of early Christian art, “We began to see an entirely different message of Christian faith.” Read more »

In stitches!  (July 5, 2011)

Over 100 nimble hands, equipped with needle and thread, participated in the quilting project of the Association for the Arts in the Church of the Brethren (AACB). The quilting began on Friday, July 1, and continued through the afternoon of July 5, each stitch made to raise money to feed hungry people. Read more »

From bullets to Bibles: Brethren ministers and Civil War veterans (July 4, 2011)

Monday night at the 2011 Annual Conference wasn’t lacking for distractions. But that didn’t prevent more than 200 Brethren from crowding together to hear Jeffrey Bach, director of the Young Center at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, share a few of the stories that are part of his study of the over 170 soldiers in the Union or Confederate armies during the Civil War who later became Brethren ministers. Read more »

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Two-page wrap up of Annual Conference 2011 (PDF)


View recorded business sessions and worship services at the Annual Conference webcast page.

Annual Conference evaluation, revitalization, nomination and nominee forms

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