Reflection: Holocaust Center fosters hope

A tour of The Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center revealed surprising connections to the Church of the Brethren, and an emotional journey that ended in an unexpected way.

Colorful graphic art with images of old photos and people being separated.

Conference approves resolution on Doctrine of Discovery

New Business Item #6, a resolution of lament and for action, was adopted by the Mission and Ministry Board by unanimous consent at its spring meeting, and forwarded to the 2023 Annual Conference for adoption. The delegate body spent quite a bit more than the scheduled time working with this resolution, mostly trying out amendments to improve it.  In the end, the resolution was passed by a large margin.  

Auditorium filled with people. Large screens show the 2023 Annual Conference moderator and logo

Updates from Wednesday business

Business on Wednesday, July 5, included an increase in the minimum cash salary table for pastors for 2024, a request for a study committee on calling denominational leadership, and guidelines for continuing education.

Auditorium of people raising their hands. A table of leaders is at the front.

Study Committee to Work in Consultation with BBT on Concerns Related to Care for Creation

As a result of a query on caring for God’s creation, a study committee is to be formed. The delegates to Annual Conference voted to appoint the study committee in response to “Query: Continuing the Study of Our Christian Responsibility to Care for God’s Creation.” A vote of 57.6 percent supported the creation of the study. The vote required only a simply majority.

Mandate for Review and Evaluation Committee Is Adopted

The mandate passed by the Annual Conference delegates formally sets in motion the work of a Review and Evaluation Committee to review and evaluate the denomination’s organization, structure, and function.

Conference Welcomes New Fellowship in North Carolina

One joy of the first day of Annual Conference business is the time when new fellowships and congregations are introduced. This year, Jonathan Shively, executive director of Congregational Life Ministries, introduced one new group. Rios de Agua Viva (Rivers of Living Water) is a fellowship in Leicester, N.C., started by pastor Mario Martinez and his wife, Evelyn. They have been working since Sept. 2013 and were granted fellowship status in 2014 by Southeastern District.