Grants from the Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Initiative (GFI) are supporting food distribution to the Hispanic community in Lancaster, Pa., agriculture micro-projects by the Church of the Brethren in Venezuela, a community garden project of the Church of the Brethren in Spain, and sustainable agriculture education in Burundi.
Bethany Seminary confers 14 master’s degrees, 12 graduate certificates
Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., conferred 14 master’s degrees and 12 graduate certificates during its 2023 Academic Commencement Ceremony on May 13.
Independent study unit offered alongside Ministers’ Association pre-Conference event
The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership is offering a Directed Independent Study Unit (DISU) in conjunction with the Ministers’ Association pre-Annual Conference event titled “Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience” with Sheila Wise Rowe.
Moderator sponsors online ‘Shalom Conversations’
Annual Conference moderator Tim McElwee is sponsoring a series of four online “Shalom Conversations” in webinar format. Each will feature a set of panelists who will engage in conversation based on their own personal backgrounds and experiences of the church.
Brethren Ministers’ Association issues invitation to pre-Annual Conference event
On July 3-4, all ministers of the Church of the Brethren denomination will have an opportunity to reconnect with one another at the annual pre-Annual Conference continuing education event. Some ministers haven’t seen each other in person since before COVID.
Taking a ‘balcony view’ of pastoral ministry and its challenges
With just under two years remaining for the grant, the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry gathered a group of circuit riders, advisory team members, district executives, and others at the denominational offices in Elgin, Ill., Feb. 24-26, to take a “balcony view” of the program to date and consider possibilities and direction going forward.
Virtual events focus on ‘sacred connections’ during Lent
The Part-time Pastor, Full-time Church program of the Church of the Brethren’s Office of Ministry is offering two virtual events under the umbrella, “Sacred Connections: Lenten Soul Tending for Spiritual Leaders.” They will be led by one of the program’s “circuit riders,” Erin Matteson, an ordained minister and spiritual director.
Welcome session announced by Standing with People of Color committee
A “Standing with People of Color Welcome Session” is announced for March 14 at 7-8:30 p.m. (Eastern time).
Webinar focuses on building resilience, hope after childhood trauma
“A Small World: Building Resiliency and Hope after Childhood Trauma” is the title of an upcoming webinar sponsored by the Church of the Brethren’s Discipleship Ministries and the Anabaptist Disabilities Network. The online event takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. (Eastern time). Participants may earn 0.1 continuing education units.
Two-part Ventures course to focus on positive change in congregations
The March offering from the Ventures in Christian Discipleship program at McPherson (Kan.) College will be “Strategies for Leading Positive Change in Congregations.” The course will be held online in two evening sessions, with Part I on Monday, March 6, and Part II on Tuesday, March 7, at 6-7:30 p.m. (central time), presented by Greg Davidson Laszakovits.