Delegates and nondelegates who have registered for the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, which will be online June 30 through July 4, this week have received an email with a personalized log-in “button.” Once Conference events begin, registrants simply click on the button with the words “Go to Annual Conference” to access the event webpage.
The button, which may appear as a green box, is personalized to each registrant and is not to be shared with anyone. It replaces earlier instructions about having to use a log-in and password to access the Conference.
The emails with the log-in button will be sent out at least one more time prior to the start of Annual Conference. Registrants are asked to keep these emails handy to use for the duration of the Conference.
Worship services are free and available to anyone, with registration not required. Worship services take place at 8-9 p.m. (Eastern time) June 30-July 3, and 10-11 a.m. (Eastern time) on Sunday, July 4. Find the worship link and bulletins at www.brethren.org/ac2021/webcasts.
Using the log-in button and event webpage
Clicking on the button takes registrants to an event webpage where they can click through to participate in worship services, business sessions, “table” groups (small discussion groups), insight sessions, networking groups, concerts, children’s activities, and–for delegates only–voting.
Delegate views of the event webpage will include the voting function, but nondelegates will not be able to see that function.
The event webpage is available now, but the links to the Conference events will only “go live” when those events start. For start times consult the Conference book or the schedule posted at www.brethren.org/ac2021/activities/schedule.
Training and tech support
Trainings for participating in the online Conference started this week and continue next week. Find the list of trainings go to www.brethren.org/ac2021.
Tech support will be available on June 30 to July 2, Wednesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Eastern time). The tech support phone line will be answered by denominational staff and the Program and Arrangements Committee. Call 800-323-8039 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference director Chris Douglas invites parents and caregivers of young children to use the children’s activities at any time. The activities include three sessions consisting of three video segments in each, prepared by Abigail Hostetter Parker, and special downloadable coloring pages from the Church of the Brethren Mission Advancement department. The themes are: “God made our beautiful world!” “God made us each special!” and “God made special helpers, and I can be one, too!”
For detailed information about the 2021 Annual Conference go to www.brethren.org/ac2021.
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