Plans have been announced for the next Moderator’s Town Hall hosted by Paul Mundey, moderator of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference. The online event is titled “The Global Church: Current Happenings, Future Possibilities” and will take place Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. (Eastern time). Norm and Carol Spicher Waggy, interim directors of Global Mission for the Church of the Brethren, will be the featured resource people.
The Global Church of the Brethren Communion includes denominations in India, Nigeria, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Spain, the African Great Lakes region (Rwanda, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of Congo), Venezuela, as well as the United States.
This growth reflects an overall vision for “a union of autonomous Brethren bodies, a spiritual community bound together by a common passion to be followers of Christ, a common New Testament theology of peace and service, and a common commitment to be in relationship with one another” (from “Vision for a Global Church of the Brethren,” a 2018 statement of Annual Conference, www.brethren.org/ac/statements/2018-vision-for-a-global-church-of-the-brethren).
The Waggys will provide updates on the Church of the Brethren denominations and the persecution of Christians in Nigeria that affects Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and will discuss future possibilities for expanding the vision of a global Church of the Brethren. Ample time will be provided for attendees to ask questions.
Norm Waggy is a graduate of Manchester University and earned his doctor of medicine degree at Indiana University. He worked as a family physician for 34 years, retiring in 2015. He has served on the former General Board of the Church of the Brethren. Carol Spicher Waggy is an ordained minister, a graduate of Goshen (Ind.) College, and holds a master of social work degree from Indiana University and a master of divinity degree from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. She has been a member of the Church of the Brethren’s Mission Advisory Committee since its inception. She also has served as an interim district executive and as a Standing Committee delegate to Annual Conference. The couple lived in Nigeria from 1983-1988, serving as Church of the Brethren mission workers.
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