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Witness of Churches on the Path to Healing Racism: A Theological Exploration

Time: August 12, 2020 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time

Register at the link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CE5lT14YR4qp9D-GM7_bjw

Continuing education credit (0.1 CEU) for Church of the Brethren ministers may be obtained at no cost from the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership when registering for this webinar. This is brought to you by the Office of Ministry and Intercultural Ministries of the Church of the Brethren.

Grace Ji Sun Kim

Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Earlham School of Religion's Theology Professor will share theological insights for us as followers of Jesus on the path to Healing Racism. Dr. Grace is the author of several books including Healing Our Broken Humanity: Practices for Revitalizing Church and Renewing the World, Intercultural Ministry: Hope for a Changing World and is editor of Keeping Hope Alive: Sermons and Speeches of Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

Rev LaDonna Sanders Nkosi

Intercultural Ministries Director Rev. LaDonna Nkosi will be our interviewer and moderator.

Moderator's Town Hall

Faith, Science, and COVID-19 Part 2

August 13, 2020
7 p.m. Eastern Time

A special focus will be the current reality of the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the reopening of churches. Kathryn Jacobsen, Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., will once again be joining Mundey to continue answering attendees’ questions and share the latest information about the COVID-19 crisis.

Jacobsen is a specialist in infectious disease epidemiology and global health who has consulted with a number of organizations during this pandemic. She is a member of Oakton Church of the Brethren in Vienna, Va., and values her connection to faith and the Church of the Brethren.

To register for the town hall go to tinyurl.com/modtownhallaug2020. Interested persons are encouraged to sign up early, as the event is limited to the first 500 registrants.

Questions about registering for this event or any other administrative matters can be emailed to cobmoderatorstownhall@gmail.com. Questions related to COVID-19 and the pandemic are to be submitted the night of the event.

Cultivating a Verdant Faith: Eco-Discipleship Practices for the 21st Century Church

The Christian faith has something to contribute to how we relate to God’s creation. Instead of being distracted by the news of the day, we need a metanoia moment and the church needs to lead with hope and faith. Not a passive hope – waiting for external agencies to bring about what we desire; rather an active hope – partnering with God to bring about what God desires because none of this is ours, it’s on loan to us from the One who created it all.

Webinar presenters Jonathan Stauffer and Randall Westfall have come to believe that living attuned with God’s creation is now essential to our discipleship with Jesus. In recent years, they have rediscovered just how attuned to creation Jesus was. His teachings often made a point by drawing on the natural world around him. He knew God’s wisdom came from these encounters and sought them out intentionally. He sought the solace of the wilderness, the sea, the mountain, and the garden to regenerate his ministry and mission. Jesus was drawing on a blueprint as old as creation itself.

Jonathan and Randall will present a two-part webinar series. Each session weaves eco-practices into the fabric of one’s discipleship and spiritual formation with Christ. By exploring the various themes of eco-discipleship, participants will unearth their relationship with creation in new and profound ways. Join us as we explore just how verdant our faith can be!

Webinar Dates

Each session is 75 minutes.

CEUs of 0.25 for both sessions (0.125 per session)

Webinar sponsors: Outdoor Ministry Association and Discipleship Ministries of the Church of the Brethren

Jonathan Stauffer

Jonathan Stauffer is a high school science instructor and freelance eco-theologian. He has served as camp counselor and nature program leader at various Brethren camps for over a decade. Jonathan obtained a bachelor’s in physics from Manchester University (IN) and is a recent graduate of Bethany Seminary, earning an MA in Theological Studies. He also has hands-on experience with wind and solar energy. Jonathan currently serves on the OMA Board and resides in Polo, Illinois.

Randall Westfall

Randall Westfall has been mentoring folks on the deep nature connection journey for over a decade and seeks to bridge the outer landscapes of God's creation with the inner landscapes of the soul. He studied Religion and Psychology at Manchester University (IN); and is a graduate of Wilderness Awareness School (WA) where he received masters level certifications in naturalist studies, wilderness survival, wildlife tracking, ethnobotany, bird language and nature mentoring. He is currently a TRiM student and licensed minister in COB. Randall is the Director at Camp Brethren Heights in west-central Michigan, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Peacebuilding courses from the US Institute of Peace

Online peacebuilding courses are now available from the US Institute of Peace (USIP) in a program recommended by the Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy. The entire catalog of 33 online courses will be tuition-free from now until the end of 2020. The online training includes introductory micro-courses that require at most three hours of study and full-length courses that may require 10 to 20 hours to complete. Online trainees receive a certificate of completion. Go to www.usip.org/academy/catalog-global-campus-courses .

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