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Housed at Elizabethtown College since its inception in 1993, Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center delivers training and continuing education for Church of the Brethren ministry and lay leadership. We offer classes in the ACTS and TRIM certificate programs, host graduate courses for Bethany Theological seminary, and organize continuing education events. SVMC works in close partnership with Bethany Theological Seminary, Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, and five Church of the Brethren districts: Atlantic Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Middle, Southern, and Western Pennsylvania.

SVMC welcomes a new Program Coordinator!

Erika Fitz will pass the baton of Program Coordinator to Karen Hodges, a lifelong member of the Church of the Brethren who currently attends at Elizabethtown. Please welcome Karen if you have the chance! Erika will remain at SVMC to train Karen until April 28.

Coming up:


In Continuing Education:


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)

Click here to register instantly online.

Registration deadline: July 7, 2016

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Neighboring Faiths: A Christian-Muslim Encounter in the U.S.


Instructor: George Pickens

Dates: August 11, 12, and 13, 2016
Location: Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren


Islam is the fastest growing religion in the U.S. This course will focus on understanding and experiencing Islam as a local faith practiced by our American neighbors rather than a distant, foreign religion. Islam and Muslims in the U.S. will be reviewed, and then participants will have opportunities to interact with local Muslims. Through a blend of presentations, discussions, and visits to a local mosque and Muslim communities, basic skills in building positive relationships and Christian witness among Muslims in the US will be developed.

Cost: $285 (There will also be a nominal fee--around $10--to cover vehicle expenses for site visits. Exact cost will be available closer to the time of the course.)  

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