Sunday, October 01, 2023


  • The Ventures in Christian Discipleship series, offered online by McPherson College, continues its 2023-2024 schedule Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon, featuring the McPherson Church of the Brethren Welcomers Group on “From Ukraine to Central Kansas: A Positive Refugee Experience.” And on Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Central, Springfield First pastor Bobbi Dykema will present “Meet the Matriarchs.” Suggested donation for each course is $25. Learn more and register at

  • Upcoming courses from the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership include “Engaging for Pastoral Care,” led by Debbie Eisenbise, Jan. 16-19 onsite at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind. (registration deadline Dec. 5); and “From Reformation to Today (Church History),” led by Josh Brockway of the Highland Avenue congregation, Jan. 24-March 19 online (registration deadline Dec. 19). CEU’s are available for clergy taking the courses. Register for other courses and pay online at Brethren Academy Course Registration/Biannual TRIM Payment | Bethany Theological Seminary (

  • Church of the Brethren Polity” will be offered March 22-23 and April 26-27 online via Zoom by the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center. Randy Yoder will teach the course. Register by contacting Karen Hodges at

  • The denomination’s Part-Time Pastor, Full-Time Church program is offering a book study on “Positively Irritating,” by Jon Ritner, beginning Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Central and continuing on the third Thursday of each month. An ongoing 10-week online book study centered on Gil Rendle’s book Quietly Courageous: Leading the Church in a Changing World began Oct. 3. Clergy can receive CEU credits. Register for either event (no charge) at

  • Lombard Mennonite Peace Center is offering a “Restorative Congregations” webinar via Zoom Nov. 2 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Central). Cost is $99 including manual. For more details and registration information, and to see other events, go to

  • NCP Learning Tours: New Community Project will offer an educational trip to Nepal Jan. 7-21, 2024; to Ecuador’s Amazon region June 1-7; to Lybrook, N.M., June 20-26; to the Denali/Kenai Fjords region of Alaska July 28-Aug. 4; and to Arctic Village, Alaska, Aug. 4-12. These trips are open to all ages and explore the beauty of and challenges facing God’s creation and God’s children. Learn more at