NOAC by the Numbers

The 2015 National Older Adult Conference, which was the Church of the Brethren’s 13th NOAC, gathered 906 people at the Lake Junaluska (N.C.) Conference Center on Sept. 7-11. This number includes registered participants, staff, volunteers, guest speakers, and young adult assistants. Here are some more NOAC numbers: […]

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Brian McLaren Calls NOAC to Get Back to the Bible, in a Different Way

“I can tell you love each other,” Brian McLaren said to the NOAC congregation as he began his morning keynote address. McLaren is a popular author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. His two most recent books are “Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World” and “We Make the Road By Walking.”
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Brethren Bits: A Focus on the Refugee and Migrant Crisis

In this issue: A focus on the refugee and migrant crisis, plus news of Children’s Disaster Services response to California wildfires, Sept. 20’s Mission Offering Emphasis, the 39th annual Brethren Disaster Relief Auction, personnel notes and job openings, prayer requests from Global Mission, a “March for Peace” in Haiti, church anniversaries, Brethren in the news, and more.
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Newsline for Sept. 18, 2015

A REVIEW OF NOAC 2015
1) Deanna Brown focuses first NOAC keynote on women’s stories
2) Brian McLaren calls NOAC to get back to the Bible, in a different way
3) Bob Bowman’s Bible studies focus on Prodigal Son parable
4) Dialogue urges Christians to work intentionally across racial divides
5) Chief Junaluska of the Cherokees: A story from the NOAC Coffeehouse
6) ‘You’re the bear, Kim’: An interview with Dub, the NOAC bear
7) NOAC by the numbers
8) ‘Today at NOAC’ pages, photo albums offer daily view of the conference
9) Brethren bits […]

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‘You’re the Bear, Kim’: An Interview with Dub, the NOAC Bear

Frank Ramirez of the NOAC Communication Team recently had an opportunity to interview Dub the Bear, who has been seen almost everywhere at this year’s NOAC. Dub, it appears, came specifically to NOAC this year to honor Kim Ebersole for her contributions to the Church of the Brethren through this ministry and many others. At least we think that’s what she’s telling us.
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