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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.

Current offerings:



"Lives of Devotion" Wednesday, April 29, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Elizabethtown College

With Bob Neff and Christina Bucher

This course will examine devotional texts in the Old Testament that go beyond the psalter: Lamentations; the encounter between Job and God in Job 38 -42; prayers in Chronicles (including the prayer of Jabez, 1 Chron 4:9-10); and The Song of Songs. Corinne Ware’s book,  Discover your Spiritual Type, A Guide to Individual and Congregational Growth,  will be used to guide reflection as we examine the diversity of spirituality in later Israel and look at its application to our own lives.


Elihu Vedder, Study for "Prayer for Death in the Desert," 1867
  • Bob Neff is an Old Testament scholar and President Emeritus of Juniata College.
  • Chris Bucher is Carl W. Zeigler Professor of Religion at Elizabethtown College.

Registration fee: $60 (includes refreshments, lunch & 0.6 CEU)


Registration and payment due by April 13, 2015.



Emotional Intelligence workshop Saturday, August 22, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Nicarry Meeting House
The Brethren Home
New Oxford, PA

With Don Booz

Co-sponsored by SVMC and the
Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry

Research shows that individuals with high levels of "emotional intelligence" tend to have happier, healthier, and more successful lives. This workshop will help participants better understand what emotional intelligence is, recognize its impact on their personal and professional lives, and increase this capacity in themselves. 

Don Booz is a former Church of the Brethren pastor and district executive and a certified professional coach.

Registration fee: $30 (includes lunch and 0.4 CEU)

Registration and payment due by August 3, 2015




GospelOfMarkAndThe21stCChurch.jpgMonday, November 9, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Juniata College

Dan Ulrich, keynote

How can followers of Jesus bear faithful witness to God's reign in the twenty-first-century? Whereas churches in the United States were once part of the dominant culture, cultural marginality seems more likely now and in the future. Dan Ulrich will describe how the Gospel of Mark challenged its original audience to be faithful in spite of (or even because of) their marginality, sufferings, and misunderstandings. While interpreting the anointing of Jesus (Mark 14:1-11) and other key passages, Dr. Ulrich will explore how Mark can help us envision life-giving ministries for our times and contexts. Respondents from several distinct Brethren contexts will share how visions from Mark might be understood and lived out in their own communities.

Dan Ulrich is Wieand Professor of New Testament Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary.

Registration fee: $60 (includes refreshments, lunch & 0.6 CEU)


To register, contact SVMC by October 12, 2015.

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