Annual Conference webcast links can be found at the Annual Conference website. Worship sessions are available, live and recorded. Equipping sessions and business are available to registered virtual non-delegate participants.
Find Youth and Young Adult webinars here.
Learn about NEW opportunities to earn CEUs for viewing recorded materials!
Part-time Pastor; Full-Time Church sponsors webinars
One of the Part-time Pastor: Full-time Church book studies beginning in October will be on Positively Irritating: Embracing a Post-Christian World to Form a More Faithful and Innovative Church by Jon Ritner.
There will be a webinar with the author, Jon Ritner on Monday, September 18 at 4 PM PST/7 PM EST presenting the content of this book. Register for the session here.
Tuesday, September 19 at 4 PM PST/7 PM EST Jon will meet with those who have already gone through the book in the last book study to allow them to ask him questions about the book, contextualize the content for their ministry settings, etc. Email email@example.com to request the link.
Churches Care online course
Date: Sept. 17 through Oct. 28
What: A six-week, self-paced online course empowering Church of the Brethren clergy, lay leaders, health professionals, and social workers to effectively support and assist those experiencing mental illnesses and addiction/substance use challenges.
The course is sponsored by the Church of the Brethren’s Discipleship and Leadership Formation and the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. District sponsorships also are welcome. The course offers 1.8 continuing education units for ministers, through the Brethren Academy.
To register go to https://weriseinternational.thinkific.com/courses/ChurchesCareCourse
or email Deborah Miller with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a limited capacity, so register as soon as possible.
Mental Health, Well-Being, and Congregations
Increasingly, mental health has become a critical topic with congregational leadership as churches deal with mental illness and addictions. COVID-19 has highlighted the challenges and needs of congregations to minister effectively to people combating health and wellness problems.
Are you a pastor or congregational leader who needs to know more or wants to learn how to minister in these situations?
As a result, Discipleship Ministries is excited to make known the resources of We Rise International, an Anabaptist-based organization that partners with and empowers diverse communities to improve health and social well-being.
We Rise International provides health education, training, and capacity-building for communities and their leaders.
You can attend these virtual equipping sessions for pastors and congregational leaders. In addition, CEUs for pastors are available.
Upcoming and recorded sessions include
- Helping Children and Teens Cope with Trauma
- Helping Loved Ones with Addiction, Even if They Seem to Not Want Help
- Surviving Trauma.
Use the QR Code to register for the webinars and learn about We Rise International.
Drone war, tech assassinations, and the future of conflict: Theological, legal, and policy developments
December 13th 12:00 EST
From the first fully autonomous deadly targeting in Libya to “kamikaze” drone attacks on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine and “Over the horizon” capability in Afghanistan, the use of lethal drones is expanding with little restraint. The technology and availability of lethal drones continue to quickly expand and are outpacing ethical and policy reflection and restraints.
In the previous webinar, the Interfaith Working Group on Drone Warfare focused on the human costs of drone strikes, both in the targeted communities and to the operators. In this discussion we will explore the expansion of drones use due to weapons sales and technology transfers as well as the technological advances in AI and use of lethal force via drones as well as ethical and policy considerations that these raise.
For example, how does the ease of use of deadly force change and challenge theological and ethical frameworks for evaluating justness? And, how must humans stay “in the loop” on moral questions of such gravity? The expansion of availability and lethality highlight the need for more robust and sustained theological ethical analysis of our assumptions of war, violence, and targeting.
Pauline Muchina is the Policy, Education, and Advocacy Coordinator for Africa at AFSC in Washington, DC and is a member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians. She holds a Masters degree from Yale University Divinity School and a Ph.D. from the Union Theological Seminary.
Daphne Eviatar is Amnesty International USA’s Director of Security with Human Rights. A human rights advocate and lawyer, she is expert on the prosecution and treatment of international terrorism suspects, she reported on military commission proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, the treatment of detainees at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan, terrorism trials in federal courts, and the U.S. drone war.
Annie Shiel is a Senior Advisor, United States, Annie leads the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) work engaging with U.S. policymakers, lawmakers, and advocates to enhance the protection of civilians in conflict. This includes leading CIVIC’s policy analysis and advocacy around the civilian harm implications of U.S. military operations and security assistance, and building and working with coalitions of likeminded organizations to advance U.S. policies that improve the lives of civilians living in conflict. Annie holds a Master’s Degree in International Policy from Stanford University