Annual Conference 2012

St. Louis, Missouri - July 7, 2012 to July 11, 2012


Top 10 favorite hymns from 'Hymnal: A Worship Book.' (September 5, 2012)

At Annual Conference in July, Brethren Press sponsored a hymn sing celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Hymnal: A Worship Book.” Nancy Faus-Mullen, who chaired the committee that put together the hymnal on behalf of Brethren Press and the Mennonite publishing house, led the event. In preparation, she and a team that included Haley Goodwin and Douglas Archer surveyed a number of Brethren to find out what hymns from the 1992 hymnal are most loved by those who sing from it in worship. Read more »

Letter of appreciation from St. Louis Public Schools (August 22, 2012)

The following letter of appreciation from the St. Louis (Mo.) Public Schools has been shared by the Conference Office. Addressed to past Annual Conference moderator Tim Harvey, it thanks the Church of the Brethren for school supplies donated by those who attended the Conference in St. Louis in early July. The letter was signed by the school district’s Volunteer Services Specialist: Read more »

Ministry of Reconciliation seeks feedback on expanded Conference role (July 26, 2012)

This year the officers of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference invited On Earth Peace to expand its Ministry of Reconciliation (MoR) presence. The expanded presence included the entire Conference, not just the business sessions. As On Earth Peace prepares a report for the Annual Conference officers to help in planning for next year, we welcome feedback. Read more »

A thank you letter from Plowsharing Crafts (July 25, 2012)

Annual Conference director Chris Douglas has shared the following letter from the staff of Plowsharing Crafts, sent in response to the generosity of Conference-goers after the SERRV store suffered a robbery during the Conference. The store lost some $1,000 worth of jewelry merchandise, but donations given by concerned Conference-goers virtually made up for the loss. Read more »

Delegate seating at round tables facilitates face-to-face conversation, prayer (July 12, 2012)

“Watching you all hold hands around the tables and pray is one of the most beautiful things I have seen in my life,” said Annual Conference moderator Tim Harvey to the delegate body after one morning’s devotions during the 2012 Conference, held July 7-11 in St. Louis, Mo. This is the first year in recent memory that the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference has used table groups for face-to-face discussion, giving feedback on items of business, and prayer in small groups. Read more »

Annual Conference 2012 - bits and pieces (July 12, 2012)

Lots more information about the Conference in St. Louis includes statistics on attendance and offerings, service project and blood drive results, the Quilt Auction, and much more. Read more »

Conference approves variety of polity changes, discontinues the CIR (July 11, 2012)

In other business, the Annual Conference approved a variety of polity changes for districts and the Program and Arrangements Committee, approved a recommendation to discontinue the Committee on Interchurch Relations (CIR) in anticipation of a new vision for ecumenical witness, gave two groups additional time to work on revisions to the Ethics for Congregations document and response to climate change, and recommended a cost of living increase for pastor salaries. Read more »

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ico_pdf Time schedule and agenda for Annual Conference business


ico_pdf Saturday Sermon, Walter Brueggemann
ico_pdf Sunday Sermon, Tim Harvey, Moderator
ico_pdf Monday Sermon, Becky Ball-Miller
ico_pdf Tuesday Sermon, Jennifer Leath
ico_pdf Wednesday Sermon, Daniel D'Oleo

Bulletins for worship services

ico_pdf Saturday Worship Bulletin, July 7
ico_pdf Sunday Worship Bulletin, July 8
ico_pdf Monday Worship Bulletin, July 9
ico_pdf Tuesday Worship Bulletin, July 10
ico_pdf Wednesday Worship Bulletin, July 11

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ico_pdf Saturday Edition
ico_pdf Sunday Edition
ico_pdf Monday Edition
ico_pdf Tuesday Edition

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