Delegate Seating at Round Tables Facilitates Face-To-Face Conversation, Prayer

“Watching you all hold hands around the tables and pray is one of the most beautiful things I have seen in my life,” said Annual Conference moderator Tim Harvey to the delegate body after one morning’s devotions during the 2012 Conference, held July 7-11 in St. Louis, Mo. This is the first year in recent memory that the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference has used table groups for face-to-face discussion, giving feedback on items of business, and prayer in small groups. […]

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Conference Approves Variety of Polity Changes, Discontinues the CIR

In other business, the Annual Conference approved a variety of polity changes for districts and the Program and Arrangements Committee, approved a recommendation to discontinue the Committee on Interchurch Relations (CIR) in anticipation of a new vision for ecumenical witness, gave two groups additional time to work on revisions to the Ethics for Congregations document and response to climate change, and recommended a cost of living increase for pastor salaries. […]

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Up for the Challenge, Weather or Not

The St. Louis pavement was steamy Sunday morning, July 8, as runners and walkers gathered at Forest Park for the Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) Fitness Challenge. Despite the humidity, 81 athletically-minded Brethren turned out at 7 a.m. to participate in this popular Annual Conference event. […]

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Today at Annual Conference – Tuesday

Photo by Regina Holmes Candles on some cloth formed the worship center for this evening’s young adult drum circle. Quotes of the day Photo by Regina Holmes Jennifer Leath preaches for Tuesday evening worship. She is a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a leader in the National Council of Churches’ young adult […]

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