Thursday, May 30, 2013

Registration remains open for Fifth Brethren World Assembly in July.

The Fifth Brethren World Assembly for constituents and friends of the Brethren bodies descended from the movement established by Alexander Mack in Germany in the early 1700s will be July 11-14 at the Brethren Heritage Center in Brookville, near Dayton, Ohio. Online registration remains open through July 7 at

The assembly happens only every five years, with the last one celebrating the 300th anniversary of the Brethren movement in Schwarzenau, Germany, in 2008. The theme of this 2013 gathering will be “Brethren Spirituality: How Brethren Conceive of and Practice the Spiritual Life.” The assembly is sponsored by the Brethren Encyclopedia, Inc., whose board members come from each of the seven main Brethren bodies.

Events begin the afternoon of July 11 with an opening panel discussion on Brethren spirituality. On July 12 the assembly will hear speakers in the morning, and enjoy workshop sessions and a tour of Brethren sites in the afternoon. On July 13, morning speakers will focus on Brethren ordinances and international perspectives, followed by another afternoon of workshops and tours. Sunday morning worship will be at area Brethren congregations of participant’s choice for those who wish to stay. Evenings will feature meals and worship hosted by local congregations, and ice cream socials.

The registration fee is $120, with spouses registering for $60, and a one-day registration option available for $40. Meals cost $7 for lunch, $10 for dinner. The fee to participate in the bus tour is $20. Continuing education credit is available. A list of area hotels will be provided upon request, along with homes in the area that are open to housing participants in the assembly. Go to

Source: 5/30/2013 Newsline

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