Conference Reaffirms 1954 Paper on Secret Oath-Bound Societies, Addresses Other Business

223rd Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren San Diego, California — June 29, 2009 The Annual Conference has respectfully returned the “Query: Secret Oath-Bound Societies”  and reaffirmed the statement on membership in secret societies that was passed by the 1954 Annual Conference–with an amendment asking the Conference officers to appoint a three-member group to develop resources […]

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Novelli Insight Session Shares Art of ‘Storying’ to Teach Bible to Youth

223rd Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren San Diego, California — June 29, 2009 Are the students in your youth ministry equipped with the tools necessary to grow deeper in their relationship with God? That’s the question that every youth worker ponders and is the question Michael Novelli sought to answer when he first […]

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Story of ‘Grace Goes to Prison’ Is Told at Brethren Press Breakfast

223rd Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren San Diego, California — June 29, 2009 “The first time Marie Hamilton walked into a cell block she felt ashamed, seeing men with haunted eyes staring out at her from steel cages from both sides of a corridor,” Melanie Snyder said at the Brethren Press breakfast. “Her […]

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On Earth Peace Presents Results of Its Strategic Planning

223rd Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren San Diego, California — June 28, 2009 While marking its 35th anniversary, On Earth Peace is unveiling a new strategic plan that is directing and prioritizing the organization’s work. For those attending the annual breakfast, this meant more was on the menu than just food and fellowship. […]

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Peace Walk and Witness Pays Tribute to Phil and Louise Rieman

223rd Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren San Diego, California — June 28, 2009 The Peace Walk and Peace Witness takes place every year at Annual Conference in one form or another, but this year’s event was different. First, because San Diego is a driving, not a walking city, Bob Gross, executive director of […]

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BRF Celebrates 10 Years of the Brethren Mission Fund

223rd Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren San Diego, California — June 28, 2009 The Brethren Revival Fellowship (BRF) reviewed and celebrated the first 10 years of its Brethren Mission Fund, and received financial reports for the fund, presented by Carl Brubaker, at the annual BRF Luncheon. The Brethren Mission Fund was established Sept. 12, […]

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Worship Bulletin

223rd Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren San Diego, California — June 28, 2009 10:00-10:15 a.m. Gathering Music 10:15-10:20 a.m. Announcements 10:20 a.m. Prelude “How Firm a Foundation” (setting by James H. Johnson) Call to Worship adapted from Psalm 33 *Choral Declaration “Your Love, O God, Has Called Us Here”   *Invocation Prayer  (unison) God of love who casts out all fear, […]

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Annual Conference Sets in Motion a Denomination-Wide Conversation About Issues of Human Sexuality

223rd Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren San Diego, California — June 28, 2009 Annual Conference acted on two business items related to issues of human sexuality today, after spending most of the afternoons of June 27 and 28 discussing the items “A Statement of Confession and Commitment” and “Query: Language on Same-Sex Covenantal […]

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Womaen’s Caucus Luncheon focuses on peace and justice concerns, honors Riemans (June 28, 2009 Annual Conference)

223rd Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren San Diego, California — June 28, 2009 Womaen’s Caucus Luncheon focuses on peace and justice concerns, honors Riemans Pamela Brubaker, professor of Religion and Ethics at California Lutheran University, was the featured speaker at the Womaen’s Caucus Luncheon today. She shared stories of her recent journeys […]

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