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Continuing Education events are designed for ordained Church of the Brethren ministers, but non-Brethren clergy and interested laypersons are also welcome to attend.

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Current offerings:




MEMORY CARE: Life with Purpose

MemoryCare-1stWorkshop.jpg Monday July 25, 2016

Cross Keys Village

Nicarry Meeting House
(campus map here)

Led by Jennifer Holcomb

Students in this course will learn how to integrate those individuals with a neurocognitive disorder into the faith community. This course will explore the value of engaging in friendships, the importance of faith for those that have dementia, practical tips on how to be present with the person, and how to care for the caregiver.

Jennifer Holcomb is Director of Memory Support at Cross Keys Village, New Oxford. She holds a master’s degree in Human Services, is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

Registration fee: $60 (includes refreshments, lunch & 0.5 CEUs)

Registration deadline: July 7, 2016


Saturday, September 10, 2015TheAscendingDance-DianeBrandt

Lititz Church of the Brethren

Led by Diane Brandt

Like the choral anthem, the message, the prayers, and rituals, liturgical art enhances the worship experience. Each element is meant to awaken and open our hearts to God. The spiritual disciplines that go into sermon writing—prayer, meditation, study, and reflection—can also be used to create liturgical art. This kind of art-marking can be called “co-creation,” for one creates in partnership with The Creator—a process that is itself an act of worship. This workshop will explore fresh possibilities for art in liturgical spaces and lead participants through a process for “co-creating” art themselves. No experience necessary.

Diane Brandt is Minister of Visual Arts at St. Peter's UCC in Lancaster, PA.

Registration fee: $65 (includes materials fee, refreshments, lunch and 0.6 CEUs)

Registration deadline: August 24, 2016




Prophets, Poets, and Conversations


Thursday, November 10, 2016, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Juniata College, Von Liebig Center

Led by Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm, Brightbill Professor of Preaching & Worship, Bethany Theological Seminary


Continuing the prophetic legacy of ancient Israel, the preaching of Jesus Christ is permeated with references to the kingdom (or "reign") of God. Where is this “reign of God” to be found in the church’s relationship to the most difficult problems of our time—to terrorism, income inequality, climate change, and human sexuality? This preaching symposium will examine what Jesus preached about the reign of God, as well as how he did it. It will share new developments in the art and craft of preaching, in particular that of “conversational homiletics.” Through lecture, worship, small group discussion, and workshop time, participants will explore how their own preaching may proclaim God's life-giving reign among us.

 Cost: $60.00 (includes light breakfast, lunch, and .6 CEUs)

Registration due to SVMC by October 25, 2016



Elizabethtown College