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.
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From Statement to Action with Dr. Drew Hart
April 29 at 4:30 pm live or online
Whether tweets, press releases, or resolutions we live in a culture of making statements. Yet, Christian witness is incarnational. Radical discipleship is a way of putting flesh and bone to the love of God. Dr Drew Hart will help us imagine how our statements can lead us into embodied action in our communities.
Dr. Hart teaches theology at Messiah University and is author of two book–“Trouble I’ve Seen” and “Who Will Be a Witness.” His work uses Black theology to frame Anabaptist theology along with social activism. He calls the bringing together of these three traditions Anablacktivism.
You may attend in person at the Church of the Brethren General Offices at 1451 Dundee Ave, Elgin Illinois, or take part in the live stream on Facebook. Please direct any questions to Joshua Brockway, director of spiritual formation by email JBrockway@brethren.org
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
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WhhdQJVpR42zrYERTgDygw