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.
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 9 AM - 4 PM
Juniata College, Von Liebig Center
Led by Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm, Brightbill Professor of Preaching & Worship, Bethany Theological Seminary
Continuing the prophetic legacy of ancient Israel, the preaching of Jesus Christ is permeated with references to the kingdom (or "reign") of God. Where is this “reign of God” to be found in the church’s relationship to the most difficult problems of our time—to terrorism, income inequality, climate change, and human sexuality? This preaching symposium will examine what Jesus preached about the reign of God, as well as how he did it. It will share new developments in the art and craft of preaching, in particular that of “conversational homiletics.” Through lecture, worship, small group discussion, and workshop time, participants will explore how their own preaching may proclaim God's life-giving reign among us.
Cost: $60.00 (includes light breakfast, lunch, and .6 CEUs)
Registration due to SVMC by October 25, 2016
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
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
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.