From the Church of the Brethren website:
Annual Conference moderator Samuel K. Sarpiya is issuing an invitation to Brethren across the denomination to join in online “townhall meetings” that he plans to hold once a month beginning Sept. 28. The online “townhalls” will explore the theme for the 2018 Annual Conference, “Living Parables.”
Participants will take part in discussions about how the theme comes alive in congregations and communities, and will hear stories of how different churches are living out the theme. “I’m hoping for every church to look at their faith as a living parable,” Sarpiya said.
He hopes to “interact across the denomination as the different churches share what it means to be a living parable in their own communities. Sometimes, in our quietness and humility, we don’t share what we are doing with others, and there is a reinventing of the wheel.” He hopes the “townhalls” will spark ideas, inventiveness, sharing, and mutual understanding. “Everyone is invited to sign in,” he said.
The moderator is inviting congregations to send him their stories about being a “Living Parable” in local communities, so that he can choose significant stories to share during the “townhalls.” He would like to receive some stories from congregations as video messages, with no video clip longer than 5 minutes maximum. Congregations also are invited to send stories written in e-mail messages to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Stories from congregations should answer the following questions: How does a living parable look for you in your community? And how are you living that out?
The online events will be held live using Zoom technology, sponsored by the Annual Conference office. Up to 200 people may connect to each “townhall.” Participants will need a Zoom meeting i.d. number or teleconferencing number to join in. These numbers will be shared in advance of each monthly event.
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Sunday, September 24 at 9:30AM–Sunday School w/ David Radcliff Teaching
10:45AM – Worship w/ David Radcliff Preaching
12:15PM – Lunch & Discussion w/ David Radcliff
Based in Blue Ridge, VA, David travels widely around the U.S. doing presentations in schools, congregations, youth events, community settings, and regional and national gatherings. His areas of emphasis are living responsibly with the earth, living respectfully and justly with our neighbors, and generally confronting the culture of consumption for our own spiritual health and for the good of the planet, its people and coming generations. David is a graduate of Bridgewater College and Bethany Seminary (MDiv, DMin [peace studies]); teaches courses at Elizabethtown College in the areas of globalization, environmental care, and poverty and hunger; leads Learning Tours to the Arctic, Amazon, Nepal, Burma, Sudan, and Central America; received the 2008 West/Whitelow Humanitarian Award from Bridgewater College; and has traded in his car for a bicycle.
Thursday, September 21 12:00pm
The Peace Pole
Live Oak Church of the Brethren
1990 Archer Avenue, Live Oak, CA 95953
International Day of Peace
Come together to pray for God’s peace to take hold in the world.
Come together to recommit ourselves to working for God’s peace.
Come together to encourage each other to live as makers of God’s peace in the world.
Come together for God’s shalom. Come together for Christ’s peace.
Samuel Sarpiya, 2018 Annual Conference Moderator, has shared a deep and meaningful reflection on the story of The Good Samaritan and how it relates to the recent events in Charlottesville, VA, the increase of hate crimes, the current rise of white supremacy, and the awareness of social injustices. In light of these events, he asks the questions, who is our neighbor and how do we be a neighbor. Samuel reminds us that God calls us to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God and that we “must connect the words of our faith with our actions.” If you, like me, are wondering and struggling with what to do next, Samuel’s article is a good first place to start to engage the question and begin looking for answers.
Just follow the link to read what Samuel has written: http://www.brethren.org/news/2017/and-who-is-my-neighbor.html
During Lent this year, we will explore the ideas of Revolution, Revelation, and Resurrection. Each Sunday, we will look at a different topic that forms these ideas – Rejection, Reformation, Redemption, Resolution, Revolution, Revelation, and Resurrection. Each week will see these themes illustrated through the lens of the classic film series, Star Wars. We will address the rejection of temptation and empire, the reformation of our thoughts and being born again, redemption through radical acts of kindness, resolving to change our thinking on old prejudices, revolution through risking one’s self and allowing hope to overcome fear, revelation of truth, and resurrection bringing new and eternal life. Please join us for this creative and challenging journey through Lent. May the Force be with you.
From the March 3 Brethren Bits:
Are you a college student, a seminary student, a graduate school student, or a high school student? Or do you know somebody who is? Enter the Bethany Theological Seminary Peace Essay Contest!” said an invitation. The theme is “Where Do You See Peace?” The deadline to submit essays is March 27. The contest offers a first-place prize of $2,000, a second-place prize of $1,000, and a third-place prize of $500. Learn more about the theme, essay guidelines, and details at https://bethanyseminary.edu/2017-peace-essay-contest-announced . Submit essays at https://bethanyseminary.edu/events-resources/special-events-at-bethany/2017-peace-essay-contest/bethany-peace-essay-contest-submission .