The Church of the Brethren Annual Conference has called for a three-year denominational process to move toward more vibrant and effective solidarity with communities of color. You are invited to join the efforts of the Standing with People of Color Study/Action process by attending an online meeting on Saturday, Nov. 18, to get connected and find your role in our efforts.
Two upcoming courses scheduled for early 2024 are being highlighted by the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, a collaboration of the Church of the Brethren and Bethany Theological Seminary. The courses may be taken for course credit, continuing education, or personal enrichment:
Part 2 of the webinar “Leading in Alignment and Wholeness” is coming up on Nov. 14. The presenter is Due Quach. The event is online on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m. (Eastern time). Credentialed ministers may receive 0.1 continuing education credit for participating.
“Believing and Belonging: Exploring Membership and Baptism for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities” is the title of the second part of a webinar from Anabaptist Disabilities Network, set for Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. (Eastern time).
The November online offering from the Ventures in Christian Discipleship program at McPherson (Kan.) College will be “Meet the Matriarchs,” to be presented by Bobbi Dykema. The course will be held on Zoom Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Central time). Continuing education credit is available.
“Join us for this informational and instructive seminar!” said an invitation to the Clergy Tax Seminar 2024 sponsored by the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry, and Bethany Theological Seminary.
New “Strength for the Journey” pastor cohorts are forming now, with plans to begin meeting in January 2024. Applications are available at https://bethanyseminary.edu/brethren-academy/strength-for-the-journey and will be accepted through Oct. 31.
“Becoming the Baptized Body: A Conversation on Baptism and Church Membership for People with Intellectual Disabilities” is offered as an online webinar on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. (Eastern time).
The October online offering from the Ventures in Christian Discipleship program at McPherson (Kan.) College will be “From Ukraine to Central Kansas: A Positive Refugee Experience” to be presented by the McPherson (Kan.) Church of the Brethren Welcomers Group. The course will be held online Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon (central time). Continuing education units (CEUs) are available.
“7 Prompts” facilitator training is now being offered as part of the process leading to church-wide conversations around the themes of standing with people of color and working for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. The committee invites the entire denomination to participate in conversations