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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:

MEMORY CARE: Embracing the Journey

MemoryCare-1stWorkshop.jpg Monday April 4, 2016

Cross Keys Village
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Nicarry Meeting House

Led by Jennifer Holcomb

This course explores the world of dementia and what it means to live in the moment. Students will learn about the ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, the physical changes that take place in the brain, and the need for sensitivity throughout the aging process. It aims to prepare students for difficult interactions with those diagnosed with a neurocognitive disorder. Students will participate in hands-on experiences throughout this course. 0.5 CEUs.

Jennifer Holcomb is Director of the Memory Care program at Cross Keys Village-The Brethren Home Community. 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)
Paper registration form here.
Online registration here.

Registration deadline March 17, 2016


Theology, Continuity, Innovation, and the Kingdom of God


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Elizabethtown College

Susquehanna Room

Steven Schweitzer

With panel responses from
Dr. Bob Neff & Dr. Christina Bucher

The book of Chronicles contains an alternative vision of Israel's past, one that promotes innovation while remaining faithful to the people's heritage. While the book of Kings explains why the people ended up in exile ("how we got into this mess"), the book of Chronicles was written after the exile in the midst of significant cultural shifts to provide a way forward ("where do we go from here"). Schweitzer proposes that Chronicles is highly relevant to the Church as it attempts to imagine its future. Participants will explore several central themes in the book and think together about how Chronicles might help the Church to be faithful in the midst of cultural change, with worship and seeking God as the book's core message for those who participate in God's Kingdom. Old Testament scholars Bob Neff and Christina Bucher will respond to Schweitzer's proposals and dialogue together about its possibilities for the life of the Church.

Steven Schweitzer  is Academic Dean of Bethany Theological Seminary. He holds degrees in both theology (Ph.D.) and biblical studies (M.A., B.A.).

Christina Bucher is Carl W. Ziegler Professor of Religion at Elizabethtown College. 
Robert W. Neff is professor emeritus of Old Testament at Bethany Theological Seminary, former general secretary of the Church of the Brethren, and president emeritus of Juniata College .

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

Send check and paper registration to SVMC by April 11, 2016 or register instantly online.


MEMORY CARE: Life with Purpose

MemoryCare-1stWorkshop.jpg Monday July 25, 2016

Cross Keys Village

Nicarry Meeting House

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. This day will conclude with a tour of the newly constructed Memory Care Residence at Cross Keys Village.

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 CEU)

Registration deadline July 7, 2016

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