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.
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.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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