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Listening and Learning from Brethren Leaders of Asian-American Heritage
An upcoming virtual conversation sponsored by the Office of Ministry will feature three Brethren leaders of Asian-American heritage hosted by Dave Shetler, District Executive Minister of Southern Ohio/Kentucky district. The event held through Zoom on Wednesday, May 5th at 7:30 pm (EDT) will focus on the current concern for the safety, needs, and valuing of Asian-American and Pacific Islander members of American society in light of recent instances of violence directed toward them. Insights, experiences, and wisdom will be offered by Wendy McFadden, publisher of Brethren Press and Communications; Madalyn Metzger, Vice President of Marketing at Everence Financial, and Lin Reish, Associate Research Analyst at Healthline Media. CEUs (0.1) will be offered. Register in advance for this meeting
What Will Be the “New Normal”? Anticipating a Post-Pandemic World.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 7:00 PM EDT
Mark DeVries and Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen will serve as resource persons. The Town Hall will explore what the future might hold in light of the COVID-19 crisis and the possible shape of a “new normal.” Topics will include: the current state of the pandemic, when and how churches can safely resume in-person activity, the importance of hybrid (in-person plus online) approaches to ministry to ensure accessibility for all, navigating ongoing tensions and headlines related to the pandemic, facing into the loss and grief of the COVID-19 crisis, how to support both parishioners and pastors, the future trajectory of the pandemic, and how best to equip ourselves for tomorrow.
Mark DeVries is the founder and president of Ministry Architects, a nationally acclaimed church resourcing organization. Ministry Architects has worked with over 950 churches, schools, and nonprofits, deploying over 80 consultants, offering counsel in strategic initiatives for entire congregations as well as youth ministry, children’s ministry, young adult ministry, small church ministry, and executive coaching. Mark has engaged in a career of entrepreneurial ministry. He founded or co-founded numerous sustainable ministry enterprises, including Ministry Incubators, the Center for Youth Ministry, Justice Industries, and most notably, Ministry Architects. Since beginning as a part-time consultant, Mark has worked with over 1000 congregations. Mark also served in pastoral ministry for several years, specializing in ministry with youth and their families.
Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen is a Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. She is a specialist in infectious disease epidemiology and global health. Dr. Jacobsen has served as an expert advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi, UNICEF, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), and other international health organizations. Her long-running projects at the Mercy Hospital Research Laboratory in Sierra Leone are testing new infectious disease surveillance methods. They have documented the emergence of diseases like chikungunya and Ebola in the region. Dr. Jacobsen is a frequent health and medical commentator for print, online, and television media. She is also a member of the Oakton Church of the Brethren, Oakton, Virginia, valuing her connection to faith and the Church of the Brethren.
To register for the Town Hall, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/ModTownHallMay2021. Interested persons are encouraged to sign up early, as the event is limited to the first 500 registrants.
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Peacebuilding courses from the US Institute of Peace
Online peacebuilding courses are now available from the US Institute of Peace (USIP) in a program recommended by the Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy. The entire catalog of 33 online courses will be tuition-free from now until the end of 2020. The online training includes introductory micro-courses that require at most three hours of study and full-length courses that may require 10 to 20 hours to complete. Online trainees receive a certificate of completion. Go to www.usip.org/academy/catalog-global-campus-courses .
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