Annual Conference 2023 July 7

The logo for the 2023 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren

2023 Annual Conference updates posted July 7

Follow news as it is posted and see the latest photos on the Annual Conference 2023 news coverage page.

Summary of actions at Annual Conference 2023

Elections and appointments

Links for television news coverage of the Gun Violence Prevention walk

“The New Commandment” poem shared during Bible study time

Young adults “do it all”

Brethren Press/Messenger dinner Bible story retellings

Intercultural lunch welcomes many

Holocaust center fosters hope

Photo albums

Find photo albums from Cincinnati at New albums appear regularly!

Friday worship

The banquet is set.

May we see like Jesus.

May we love like Jesus.

Till every child of God comes home.” –Jody Romero, preacher

A video of today’s worship service is posted on the Annual Conference 2023 webcast page, along with those from Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The videos may be used freely by Church of the Brethren gatherings.

Don’t forget, you can watch the closing worship service Saturday morning from wherever you are! Saturday’s preacher will be Audri Svay.

Annual Conference by the numbers

Final registration numbers as of noon on July 7:

Delegates – 441
Non-delegates – 952
Total – 1,393

Blood drive

A total of 122 people made appointments to donate, and 120 units of blood were collected during the two-day drive.

Silent auction

The silent auction ended July 7 at 2 p.m. It raised $12,895 to be split between Brethren Disaster Ministries and Annual Conference.

Friday’s offering for AC operating expenses totaled $6,401.23 (not including online gifts).

Online giving on July 7 totaled $1,195.

Quilt auction

The Association for the Arts in the Church of the Brethren (AACB) hosted quilting in the Exhibit Hall throughout conference. The quilt auction July 7 raised $3740.80 to benefit the Nigeria Crisis Fund.

Quilts hanging on the wall; people are sitting in chairs facing them.
Frank Ramirez auctions quilts created by the Association for the Arts in the Church of the Brethren.

The Annual Conference press team includes photographers Glenn Riegel, Donna Parcell, Keith Hollenberg, and Laura Sellers; writers Frances Townsend, Frank Ramirez, Karen Garrett, Wendy McFadden, and Walt Wiltschek; website staff Jan Fischer Bachman and Russ Otto. Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, director of News Services for the Church of the Brethren, was not able to attend conference because of illness. Newsline is the email news service of the Church of the Brethren. Inclusion in Newsline does not necessarily convey endorsement by the Church of the Brethren. All submissions are subject to editing. Newsline stories may be reprinted if Newsline is cited as the source. Please send news tips and submissions to . Find the Newsline archive at . Sign up for Newsline and other Church of the Brethren email newsletters and make subscription changes at . Unsubscribe by using the link at the top of any Newsline email.

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