Continuing Education events are designed for ordained Church of the Brethren ministers, but non-Brethren clergy and interested laypersons are also welcome to attend.
Monday, November 9, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Keynote by Dan Ulrich
Panelists: Belita Mitchell, Eric Brubaker, David Witkovsky, Steven Schweitzer, and Jeff Carter
How can followers of Jesus bear faithful witness to God's reign in the twenty-first-century? Whereas churches in the United States were once part of the dominant culture, cultural marginality seems more likely now and in the future. Dan Ulrich will describe how the Gospel of Mark challenged its original audience to be faithful in spite of (or even because of) their marginality, sufferings, and misunderstandings. While interpreting the anointing of Jesus (Mark 14:1-11) and other key passages, Dr. Ulrich will explore how Mark can help us envision life-giving ministries for our times and contexts. Respondents from several distinct Brethren contexts will share how visions from Mark might be understood and lived out in their own communities.Dan Ulrich is Wieand Professor of New Testament Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary.
or mail check and paper registration form to SVMC by October 19.
THE BOOK OF CHRONICLES & THE CHURCH:
Theology, Continuity, Innovation, and
the Kingdom of God
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Taught by Steven Schweitzer
The book of Chronicles contains an alternative vision of Israel’s past, one that promotes innovation while remaining faithful to the people’s heritage. While the book of Kings explains why the people ended up in exile (“how we got into this mess”), the book of Chronicles was written after the exile in the midst of significant cultural shifts to provide a way forward for a new opportunity to follow God faithfully (“where do we go from here”). I believe that Chronicles is extremely relevant for the Church as we attempt to imagine what the future can be. In the sessions, we will explore several central themes in the book and think about how Chronicles may help us answer questions about being faithful in the midst of cultural change, being innovative while remaining authentic and consistent with the past, how the centrality of worship and seeking God provides the core of its message to those who participate in God’s Kingdom.
Steven Schweitzer is Academic Dean of Bethany Theological Seminary. He holds degrees in both theology (Ph.D.) and biblical studies (M.A., B.A.).