National Older Adult Conference of the Church of the Brethren
Lake Junaluska, N.C. — Sept. 7-11, 2009
The Church of the Brethren will hold its 10th National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) on Sept. 7-11 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in North Carolina. More than 900 people are expected to attend the conference from across the United States.
The event is for people age 50 and older and will include daily worship services, a variety of workshops, recreation, and opportunities for fellowship.
The theme, “Legacies of Wisdom: Weaving Old and New,” will help attendees celebrate the legacy of faith, and aid them in exploring ways to create new possibilities of hope for families, the church, and the world.
Keynote speakers include Rachael Freed, a pioneer in the field of family-centered care in life-threatening and chronic illness and creator of the Hugo Award-winning video series, “Portrait of the Heartmate”; David Waas, a Church of the Brethren member and professor of history emeritus at Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind.; and Michael McKeever, a Church of the Brethren member and professor of Biblical Studies at Judson University in Elgin, Ill.
Quaker singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer will be giving a concert as part of the conference. Newcomer’s music has been described as acoustic indie folk, with her most recent album “The Geography of Light” focused on “beauty discovered in the ordinary.” The concert on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m., is open to the public with sponsorship from the Church of the Brethren and the Mutual Aid Association.
The News Team for the 2009 National Older Adult Conference is coordinated by Eddie Edmonds, and includes Alice Edmonds, Frank Ramirez, Perry McCabe, and staff Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, who serves as director of News Services for the Church of the Brethren. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.