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Intercultural Retreat
May 1-3, 2015

Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren
219 Hummel St
Harrisburg, PA 17104-3346

A weekend encounter with ourselves! A learning opportunity for those who want to experience a fresh wind in their community. And those who want to be that fresh wind! Understand what it means to be an Intercultural Church in the 21st century.

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Hosted by Atlantic Northeast District & Harrisburg First. Cosponsored with Congregational Life Ministries of the Church of the Brethren.

Christian Citizenship Seminar 2015

Let’s Talk About Immigration: Christian Citizenship Seminar 2015

During the Hispanic pastors meeting in Elgin, Daniel D’Oleo, Joel Peņa, and Richard and Becky Zapata were excited that the 2015 Christian Citizenship Seminar is focused on immigration. Feeling strongly that youth learn from engagement with one another and stories become more real when they aren't just headline news but part of the story of the people we pray and worship with, they committed their congregations, Alpha Omega (Pennsylvania), Principe de Paz, and Renacer to invite youth to attend. This will be the first time for their congregations to send representatives — and in the midst of doing fundraising for the event.

If you want to support them but can’t make it to a local bake sale or carwash, you can donate online.

People of All Tribes, All Nations, All Languages — In Pacific Southwest District

If the sociologists are right — that demographic patterns in California hold a glimpse for our future — I'm excited by how Pacific Southwest District has embraced diversity and is reaching out:

  • The thriving, urban congregation of Restoration L.A. was highlighted in the November Messenger magazine. The whole article is available online (PDF).
  • At the district conference there was a prayer offered for their leadership including 2014 moderator Erin Matterson (an Anglo woman), 2015 moderator Eric Bishop (an African American man) and Richard Zapata (a Hispanic man) whose diversity extends also to their style of worship, home congregations, and religious perspectives truly calling leaders that represent the diversity in the district.
  • In January, there will be a mission trip to a church plant in Mexico led by Gilbert Romero, member of Restoration L.A., Mission and Ministry Board Member, Intercultural Ministries Advisory Committee, and Bittersweet Band.

In the News…Mel Grandison Still Teaching

In 2009, Mel Grandison spent her summer as a member of Youth Peace Travel Team traveling to camps across the country teaching about peace, justice, and reconciliation. It was one step in a lifelong journey as a peacemaker. Recently, she was interviewed at a protest she attended. Check out what she has to say. Today, Mel Grandison is a member of the On Earth Peace board.

Tis the Season: Advent Blog

Each year, Congregational Life Ministries blogs in conjunction with the Advent devotional sharing their reflections and a prayer. Gimbiya blogged on December 18 and 19 connecting the Advent scriptures with how she talks too much (without thinking enough) and her own earliest intercultural experiences.

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In Peace,

Gimbiya Kettering
Intercultural Ministries Coordinator
Congregational Life Ministries
Church of the Brethren
Tel: 847-429-4387
1-800-323-8039, ext 387


Contact: Gimbiya Kettering
1451 Dundee Avenue, Elgin, IL 60120