Continuing Education

Continuing Education events are designed for ordained Church of the Brethren ministers, but non-Brethren clergy and interested laypersons are also welcome to attend. Please register by clicking on links below. Print registration form and mail to SVMC. Thank you. 

Current offerings:

Reimagining Art for Worship


Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 9 AM - 4 PM

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: March 3, 2017


  Understanding Our American Muslim Neighbors


Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 9 AM - 5 PM

Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren

Led by George Pickens

Islam is the fastest growing religion in the US, and this event is designed to introduce our American Muslim neighbors so that we might begin to love them as Jesus commanded.  Participants will visit some of our Muslim neighbors at a local mosque. The presenter, George Pickens, has been teaching Islam and Christian witness among Muslims for over 25 years, first in Africa where he spent 14 years, and currently at Messiah College, where he is Professor of Theology and Director of the Program in Peace and Conflict Studies. George is actively involved in building positive relations with Muslims in the Capital Region of central Pennsylvania, and he is a member of the Mechanicsburg (PA) Church of the Brethren and an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren.

Cost is *$55.00 (includes light breakfast, lunch, and 0.7 CEU’s) *If 3 or more register from the same congregation, cost is $35/person. If possible, please register all from congregation at the same time. (Registration for this event will cap at 35 participants, so please register early). Registration deadline is March 10, 2017



Ten-Plus Reasons to Love Leviticus


Monday, April 24, 2017 - 9 AM - 4 PM

Elizabethtown College, Susquehanna Room

Led by Bob Neff

Leviticus is a book for our time. Leviticus challenges us to lives of integrity seven days a week by: respecting our elders and the marginalized, resolving our feelings and disputes with our neighbor, protecting the rights of the alien, addressing economic and social inequity, care for the environment,  the appropriate preparation of food and its consumption, living from the perspective of the Holy One. This study unlike most book investigations will not follow chapter by chapter but will begin in the center of the book with chapter 19 and the directive, “You shall be holy, as I am Holy.” Leviticus invites us to lead a holy life that is strikingly relevant to our lives today. 

Bob Neff is an Old Testament scholar, President Emeritus of Juniata College, and former General Secretary of the Church of the Brethren. He is a member at University Baptist and Brethren Church in State College, PA. 

Cost is $60.00 (includes light breakfast, lunch, and 0.6 CEU’s). Registration deadline is April 10, 2017.






Cultivating Conversations; Navigating Elder Care Challenges


Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9 AM - 3 PM

Cross Keys Village, New Oxford PA

As caregivers and pastors, we may feel at a loss for words as we interact with family members dealing with elder care issues. This informative workshop will provide helpful information related to advance care planning and of legal documents, differences between palliative medicine and hospice care, and management of the difficult conversations surrounding elder care issues.


  • Legal Matters: Clayton Lingg, Elder Care Attorney
  • Comfort and Care When Needed Most: Joan Groh, Community Relations Liaison for Hospice & Community Care
  • Managing Difficult Conversations: Jennifer Holcolm, Kimberly Korge, Kathy Staub, Memory Care Support Team Members, Cross Keys

Cost is $60.00 (includes light breakfast, lunch, and 0.5 CEU’s). Registration deadline is April 24, 2017.