Sunday, October 01, 2023


Prior to district conference, members and friends of the district are invited to a continuing education event led by Chris Douglas, and ordained minister and a member of Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren in Elgin and a 2002 graduate of the Shalem Institute in spiritual direction.

The event will take place Friday, Nov. 3, at Lanark Church of the Brethren, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (with a break for lunch, which is included). Titled “Deepening Our Intimacy with God,” it will focus on various contemplative practices. Chris describes it as follows: “Just as our bodies need to be revived from time to time, so do our souls. In today’s fast-paced world it sometimes seems difficult to even catch our breath. Yet we sense our own desire to live our lives in a way that is more deeply connected to God and to others. … We’ll have times for silence and reflection on our own so that we can come away more attentive and responsive to God’s presence with us.”

All are welcome to participate. Clergy participants will receive 0.5 CEU’s. Cost is $10 to cover lunch. Register at the online link or by contacting the district office at 309-649-6008.