223rd Annual Conference
of the Church of the Brethren
San Diego, California — June 28, 2009
Womaen’s Caucus Luncheon focuses on peace and justice concerns, honors Riemans
Pamela Brubaker, professor of Religion and Ethics at California Lutheran University, was the featured speaker at the Womaen’s Caucus Luncheon today. She shared stories of her recent journeys to Columbia and the Philippines to learn about the circumstances that oppress communities of women and minority populations.
Brubaker is the author of “She Hath Done What She Could: A History of Women’s Participation in the Church of the Brethren” and “Globalization at What Price: Economic Change and Daily Life.”
The luncheon nicely dovetailed Brubaker’s stories of global peace and justice concerns with the lifetime peacemaking efforts and passion of the late Phil and Louise Baldwin Rieman, co-pastors of Northview Church of the Brethren in Indianapolis, who were killed in a tragic car accident last winter.
Two of the Rieman’s children, Ken and Tina, accepted the annual Friend of the Caucus Award on their parents’ behalf. They also accepted stained glass pieces which were specially created for them and their sister, Cherie, based on the design of a banner from the Rieman’s home which had special meaning to the children.
–Melissa Troyer is a member of Middlebury (Ind.) Church of the Brethren and serves on the Church of the Brethren’s Committee on Interchurch Relations.
The News Team for the 2009 Annual Conference includes writers Karen Garrett, Frank Ramirez, Frances Townsend, Melissa Troyer, Rich Troyer; photographers Kay Guyer, Justin Hollenberg, Keith Hollenberg, Glenn Riegel, Ken Wenger; staff Becky Ullom and Amy Heckert. Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, editor. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.