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Continuing Education events are designed for ordained Church of the Brethren ministers, but non-Brethren clergy and interested laypersons are also welcome to attend.

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Theology, Continuity, Innovation, and the Kingdom of God


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Elizabethtown College

Susquehanna Room
(campus map here)

Led by Steven Schweitzer

With panel responses from
Dr. Bob Neff & Dr. Christina Bucher

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 ("where do we go from here"). Schweitzer proposes that Chronicles is highly relevant to the Church as it attempts to imagine its future. Participants will explore several central themes in the book and think together about how Chronicles might help the Church to be faithful in the midst of cultural change, with worship and seeking God as the book's core message for those who participate in God's Kingdom. Old Testament scholars Bob Neff and Christina Bucher will respond to Schweitzer's proposals and dialogue together about its possibilities for the life of the Church.

Steven Schweitzer  is Academic Dean of Bethany Theological Seminary. He holds degrees in both theology (Ph.D.) and biblical studies (M.A., B.A.).

Christina Bucher is Carl W. Ziegler Professor of Religion at Elizabethtown College. 
Robert W. Neff is professor emeritus of Old Testament at Bethany Theological Seminary, former general secretary of the Church of the Brethren, and president emeritus of Juniata College .

Registration fee: $60 (includes refreshments, lunch & 0.6 CEUs)
Registration has closed, but slots are sometimes available at the last minute. Please contact SVMC to inquire.


MEMORY CARE: Life with Purpose

MemoryCare-1stWorkshop.jpg Monday July 25, 2016

Cross Keys Village

Nicarry Meeting House
(campus map here)

Led by Jennifer Holcomb

Students in this course will learn how to integrate those individuals with a neurocognitive disorder into the faith community. This course will explore the value of engaging in friendships, the importance of faith for those that have dementia, practical tips on how to be present with the person, and how to care for the caregiver.

Jennifer Holcomb is Director of Memory Support at Cross Keys Village, New Oxford. She holds a master’s degree in Human Services, is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

Registration fee: $60 (includes refreshments, lunch & 0.5 CEUs)

Registration deadline: July 7, 2016


Saturday, September 10, 2015TheAscendingDance-DianeBrandt

Lititz Church of the Brethren

Led by Diane Brandt

Like the choral anthem, the message, the prayers, and rituals, liturgical art enhances the worship experience. Each element is meant to awaken and open our hearts to God. The spiritual disciplines that go into sermon writing—prayer, meditation, study, and reflection—can also be used to create liturgical art. This kind of art-marking can be called “co-creation,” for one creates in partnership with The Creator—a process that is itself an act of worship. This workshop will explore fresh possibilities for art in liturgical spaces and lead participants through a process for “co-creating” art themselves. No experience necessary.

Diane Brandt is Minister of Visual Arts at St. Peter's UCC in Lancaster, PA.

Registration fee: $65 (includes materials fee, refreshments, lunch and 0.6 CEUs)

Registration deadline: August 24, 2016

Elizabethtown College