Annual Conference 2011 in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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


Newsline Special: Standing Committee report and recommendation on Special Response (July 3, 2011)

The Annual Conference officers today released the Standing Committee report and recommendation on the two “Special Response” business items related to issues of sexuality--"A Statement of Confession and Commitment" and “Query: Language on Same-Sex Covenantal Relationships.” The Standing Committee of district delegates held its discussions of the two items in closed sessions during prea-Conference meetings. Read more »

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 »

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 »

Philip Gulley speaks for Voices for an Open Spirit (VOS) dinner (July 2, 2011)

“Justice should not have to wait until some people die. The dogmas of our quiet past are inadequate. It is time to think anew. It is time to act anew, lest God say to us what God said to our ancestors--what took you so long?” 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 »

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 »

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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