Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Register While Supplies Last

Conference-goers who register early for Annual Conference will be able to walk with Christ in Boise. Brethren Press is offering a free pair of sandals to those who register before June 15th and, for those registering after the give-away deadline, you won't have to go to Denmark to get your footware; the Brethren Press store in the exhibit hall will be selling more than books.

Saturday, May 10, 2003

Future Conference Site Announced

The Annual Conference Office has announced the site of the 222nd Church of the Brethren Annual Conference to be held in 2008. Realizing that delegates are becoming more and more concerned about the expense of attending conference, the Program and Arrangements committee put their heads together and came up with the place that should please most Brethren. Always known for its cheap but bountiful buffets, Las Vegas will be brimming with Brethren in July, 2008. Since the Church of the Brethren does not yet have any congregations in Nevada, arrangements have been made with the Covenant Casino Church which will act as the hosts for the conference that year. For those concerned about gambling, the Annual Conference office would like to remind everyone that, as is pointed out in the 1986 statement on gambling, there is no specific command stating, "Thou shall not gamble." For those who are concerned with horse race result, please consult the Dunker Journal.
Go Where I Send Thee

This year has seen a serious drop off on volunteerism by Brethren senior high youth. While junior high and young adult workcamps are filled to capacity, nearly twenty percent of the senior high openings remain vacant. It seems that last summer's National Youth Conference had an unintended side effect. Exploiting a grant from the Lilly Endowment, NYC set our youth focus on vocation and now it looks like they've lost interest in volunteerism. There's still hope to be found in the current junior high generation who have not been exposed to this vocation frenzy, but Brethren Volunteer Service could be suffering in a few years when the job focused youth of today turn towards the workplace rather than joining BVS.

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

mandatum novum do vobis

Contrary to an other reports, we would like to reassure our readers that Raymond C. Dublin was not involved in any kind of Maundy Thursday feet washing shenanigans.

Sunday, May 04, 2003

Boulders, Kings, and Peasants

If you haven't yet checked out the Bread Basket column on the BRF website, you will likely find it to be the least objectionable reading posted there no matter which side of the liberal/evangelical fence your sensitivities fall. In the March/April 2003 submission, Paul Brubaker relates a charming parable about obstacles.