Wednesday, July 22, 2020

July 2020 -- Special Edition of the Reflector


Registration is now open for a free webinar from the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership:

Defining Set-Apart Ministry Within the Multivocational Reality:
Exploring the special rewards and challenges of pastoral ministry in a multivocational context
Thursday, August 13 at 7 pm - 8 pm (Eastern)

Presenter: Sandra Jenkins, pastor of Constance Church of the Brethren, fulltime public school music teacher, and regular instructor for the Brethren Academy

0.1 CEU available to participating clergy
Spiritual Practices for Ministry, taught by Reba Herder, will be offered as an online course beginning September 9.

In the midst of hectic lives, it’s not easy to “be still and know that I am God.”- Psalm 46:10 Spiritual practices help ministers and congregations learn how to stop and notice God in everything they do. During this course students will explore the following: what it means to pray without ceasing, ways to creatively honor the Sabbath, what the Bible says about spiritual practices, spiritual practices for different learning styles, how we get in the way of our relationship with God, and how spiritual practices can help congregations thrive. Please consider participating in this course. The registration deadline is August 4, 2020. This course is also available for Continuing Education credit or Personal Enrichment. Feel free to share this information with friends and colleagues.


The Recovery Response Task Team of the denominational staff has developed resources to meet the needs of the church during the pandemic. Of particular interest are resources developed for children and their families. See the following and links:
  1. Many resources are provided by Children’s Disaster Services for children and families including faith-based resources and curriculum, devotional videos for children, and interactive materials, etc. The webpage features Kathy Fry-Miller’s new downloadable book, “Helpers Win: Yucky-rus Virus” as well as numerous links to resources.

  2. Checklist for Reopening Church Buildings (available in English and Spanish) -

  3. Information on financial resources and grants -



ELGIN, IL – Church of the Brethren Annual Conference Moderator Paul Mundey has announced plans for another Moderator’s Town Hall on August 13th, 2020, at 7:00 PM EDT. The topic will be “Faith, Science, and COVID-19, Part Two.” A special focus will be the current reality of the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the reopening of churches.

Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen, Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, will once again be joining Annual Conference Moderator Paul Mundey to continue answering attendees’ questions and share the latest information about the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Jacobsen is a specialist in infectious disease epidemiology and global health who has consulted with a number of organizations during this pandemic. She is also a member of the Oakton Church of the Brethren, Oakton, Virginia, valuing her connection to faith and the Church of the Brethren.

To register for the town hall, please visit: Interested persons are encouraged to sign up early, as the event is limited to the first 500 registrants.

Questions about registering for this event or any other administrative matters can be emailed to Questions related to COVID-19, etc., are to be submitted the night of the event.

More Info:

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