Annual Conference 2011 in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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


Today at Annual Conference - Sunday, July 3, 2011 (July 3, 2011)

Today at Annual Conference - Sunday, July 3, 2011: quotes of the day, Conference "by the numbers," an invitation from Brethren Press to contribute to the new Inglenook Cookbook, and the daily "Brethren on the Street" interviews. Read more »

Facing the race at Annual Conference (July 3, 2011)

A light cloud cover and the cool early hour made the morning of July 3 a great time for a walk or run. The Annual 5K Fitness Challenge sponsored by Brethren Benefit Trust took place at Millennium Park, six miles outside of downtown Grand Rapids, at 7 a.m. sharp. As the sleepily--though energetic--crowd of 150 gathered at the starting line. Read more »

Genealogists hear from Emmert Bittinger, receive report on Brethren Digital Archives (July 2, 2011)

The Fellowship of Brethren Genealogists (FOBG) held their Annual Meeting on July 2, 2011. Featured speaker Emmert Bittinger is one of the persons working on studying nearly 300 families of Rockingham County, Va., and their experiences during the Civil War. Their research is being published in a six volume set. Read more »

Board sends Afghanistan resolution for Conference approval, sets reduced parameter for 2012 budget (July 2, 2011)

In a partial-day meeting on July 2, the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board approved a resolution on Afghanistan, sharply reduced the budget for 2012, heard several reports, and participated in presentation of this year's Open Roof Award. The resolution on Afghanistan was forwarded to Standing Committee for Annual Conference consideration. Read more »

Today at Annual Conference (July 2, 2011)

Saturday, July 2, 2011 -- the first day of the 2011 Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. This page features quotes of the day, "Brethren on the Street" interviews on a question of the day, initial registration figures, and more. Read more »

Standing Committee accepts new vision statement, Afghanistan resolution, responds to queries (July 2, 2011)

The Standing Committee of district delegates ended its pre-Annual Conference meetings today. The committee has accepted a vision statement for the Church of the Brethren for the decade, and recommended it to the 2012 Annual Conference for adoption. Standing Committee also recommended a resolution on the war in Afghanistan received from the Church of the Brethren’s Mission and Ministry Board. Recommendations were made on queries on climate change and proper decorum. Read more »

Offering the table (July 2, 2011)

Offering the table. Offerings taken during worship services are often assumed to be only money, but during the July 2 worship service of Annual Conference, attendees offered much more than that. As a way of tangibly “extending Jesus’ table,” moderator Robert Alley suggested a special opportunity for Brethren to offer gifts other than their dollars to people around the world. So a special offering of comforters and school supply kits was taken during worship, and many people participated. Read more »

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Photo Albums

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

Documentos en español

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Conference Journal

Worship services

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