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Housed at Elizabethtown College since its inception in 1993, Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center delivers training and continuing education for Church of the Brethren ministry and lay leadership. We offer classes in the ACTS and TRIM certificate programs, host graduate courses for Bethany Theological seminary, and organize continuing education events. SVMC works in close partnership with Bethany Theological Seminary, Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, and five Church of the Brethren districts: Atlantic Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Middle, Southern, and Western Pennsylvania.

Coming up:


In Continuing Education:

MEMORY CARE: Embracing the Journey

MemoryCare1.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 for a new opportunity to follow God faithfully (“where do we go from here”). Schweitzer proposes that Chronicles is highly relevant to the Church as it attempts to imagine its future. In the sessions, we will explore several central themes in the book and think about how Chronicles may help us answer questions about being faithful in the midst of cultural change, being innovative while remaining authentic and consistent with the past, and how the centrality of worship and seeking God provide a core message to those who participate in God’s Kingdom.

Steven Schweitzer is Academic Dean of Bethany Theological Seminary.

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.

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