The 2015 National Older Adult Conference, which was the Church of the Brethren’s 13th NOAC, gathered 906 people at the Lake Junaluska (N.C.) Conference Center on Sept. 7-11. This number includes registered participants, staff, volunteers, guest speakers, and young adult assistants. Here are some more NOAC numbers:
“I can tell you love each other,” Brian McLaren said to the NOAC congregation as he began his morning keynote address. McLaren is a popular author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. His two most recent books are “Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World” and “We Make the Road By Walking.”
A lot of well meaning people assume that the Civil Rights struggle is over and that we won, said Alexander Gee Jr., during an afternoon dialogue event at NOAC 2015. “We don’t talk about it in seminary, in churches, or from the pulpit,” he said. “Like polio or tuberculosis, we say we’ve solved it!”
A REVIEW OF NOAC 2015
1) Deanna Brown focuses first NOAC keynote on women’s stories
2) Brian McLaren calls NOAC to get back to the Bible, in a different way
3) Bob Bowman’s Bible studies focus on Prodigal Son parable
4) Dialogue urges Christians to work intentionally across racial divides
5) Chief Junaluska of the Cherokees: A story from the NOAC Coffeehouse
6) ‘You’re the bear, Kim’: An interview with Dub, the NOAC bear
7) NOAC by the numbers
8) ‘Today at NOAC’ pages, photo albums offer daily view of the conference
9) Brethren bits
A review of events on the concluding day of NOAC 2015
Reviewing the day at NOAC 2015 in Lake Junaluska, N.C.a
Frank Ramirez of the NOAC Communication Team recently had an opportunity to interview Dub the Bear, who has been seen almost everywhere at this year’s NOAC. Dub, it appears, came specifically to NOAC this year to honor Kim Ebersole for her contributions to the Church of the Brethren through this ministry and many others. At least we think that’s what she’s telling us.
Some highlights from the day at the 2015 National Older Adult Conference
Why would the Celtic Christian church choose the image of a wild goose for the Holy Spirit instead of a dove?
An overview of the second day of NOAC 2015, the National Older Adult Conference of the Church of the Brethren. NOAC is being held in Lake Junaluska, N.C., Sept. 7-11.