About a year ago, in the wake of celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Ministry of Reconciliation (MoR) as a program of On Earth Peace, program director Leslie Frye wondered if it might be worthwhile to revise the 1995 “Ministry of Reconciliation Discipleship and Reconciliation Committee Handbook.”
“Already planning to attend the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference? Are you hearing a call to a ministry of presence and reconciliation?” asks an invitation from On Earth Peace. The Ministry of Reconciliation (MoR) is seeking members for a team to serve at the Conference. “Please prayerfully consider whether you or someone you know might be gifted to this ministry.”
The Annual Conference officers have invited the Ministry of Reconciliation (MoR) of On Earth Peace to resume its role of presence at the 2013 Annual Conference. The diverse group of trained volunteers will be present and attentive, ready to respond where confusion, conflict, or negative emotions are causing a problem in the gathered body, said a release.
This year the officers of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference invited On Earth Peace to expand its Ministry of Reconciliation (MoR) presence. The expanded presence included the entire Conference, not just the business sessions. As On Earth Peace prepares a report for the Annual Conference officers to help in planning for next year, we welcome feedback.
The Ministry of Reconciliation of On Earth Peace has been asked by the Annual Conference leadership to help the denomination create a culture of respect and a climate of safety at this year’s annual meeting. The following communication from the MoR staff of On Earth Peace shares some expectations for those attending the 2012 Annual Conference:
MoR program coordinator Leslie Frye recently invited representatives from Mennonite Central Committee’s Office of Criminal Justice, the Kansas Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR), and Anabaptist conflict transformation practitioners with a range of ages, colors, and affiliations to join MoR practitioners in conversation regarding the potential of forming a sustainable network for the continuing work of reconciliation.
Newsline A prayer circle on Sept. 3 at the church’s General Offices offered a blessing for the 15 Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) workers attending a retreat, and for Robert and Linda Shank (shown at left above), church staff preparing to travel to North Korea to teach in a new university there. Global Mission Partnerships executive
224th Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — July 2, 2010 Above: Annual Conference moderator Shawn Flory Replogle (center at top)presided over meetings of the Standing Committee. Standing Committee meetings aren’t all business. Below, members enjoy getting to know each on the first day of meetings, when the agenda included time for
Newsline is the Church of the Brethren e-mail news service. Go to www.brethren.org/newsline to subscribe or unsubscribe. Feb. 25, 2010 “…Stand firm in the Lord…” (Philippians 4:1b). NEWS 1) Christian denominations issue joint letter urging immigration reform. 2) Brethren medical/crisis counseling group is to go to Haiti. 3) Winners of NYC music and
“Stop and consider the wondrous works of God” (Job 37:14b). EARTH DAY 1) Environmental resources recommended by Brethren, ecumenical groups. 2) Brethren bits for Earth Day. UPCOMING EVENTS 3) Annual Conference to address five new business items, ends online registration May 8. 4) Cross Cultural Celebration to be webcast from Miami. 5) International Day of