Saturday, February 01, 2020


ELGIN, IL – Church of the Brethren Annual Conference Moderator Paul Mundey has announced that he will be hosting a Moderator’s Forum this spring. The event will take place at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA. The date is April 18, 2020 from 1-9 p.m.

The forum’s focus is “Historical Themes Impacting Today’s Church.” It will feature leading Brethren historians who will address a variety of historical themes impacting present-day congregations, districts, and national structures. Particular attention will be given to Brethren history and themes relevant to the current reality of Brethren communions, with special emphasis on the Church of the Brethren.

Themes to be addressed include accountability, compelling vision, division, forbearance, and nationalism.

Historians participating include Jeff Bach, Director, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Elizabethtown College; William Kostlevy, Director, Brethren Historical Library and Archives; Stephen Longenecker, Edwin L. Turner Distinguished Professor of History, Bridgewater College; Carol Scheppard, Professor of the College, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Bridgewater College; and Dale Stoffer, Emeritus Professor of Historical Theology, Ashland Theological Seminary.

The forum will conclude with an evening worship service and a message from Dennis Webb, a leading Church of the Brethren preacher and pastor of Naperville (Illinois) Church of the Brethren.

The forum is open to both clergy and laity. Registration cost, which includes dinner, is $30.00. For those attending the entire event, point six (0.6) CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) are also available for an additional cost of $10.00. The evening worship, beginning with hymn singing at 7 p.m., is open to the public without cost or registration and will be held in the Gibble Auditorium on the Elizabethtown College campus. This event will also be available via live stream for a registration fee of $15. To register or secure a forum brochure, please visit: The registration deadline is April 9, 2020. Space for the main sessions (other than worship) is limited to 150 participants, thus you are encouraged to register early.