The theme of this year’s Pacific Southwest District Conference is “Together,” the final word in the Church of the Brethren’s denominational tagline, “Continuing the Work of Jesus, Peacefully, Simply, Together.”
Brethren frequently speak of their peace church and of the simple life, but “Together,” from the Old English “to” + “gather,” is a concept often forgotten or ignored, particularly when issues of social policy or theology arise.
The text for the conference theme, Acts/Hechos 2, begins with the disciples “together in one place” where they receive the Holy Spirit (as in the conference logo taken from a 15th century manuscript illumination) and concludes with throngs of new converts spending “much time together,” breaking “bread at home” and increasing in numbers together every day (NRSV).
The insight sessions include two Bible studies addressing Acts/Hechos 2 and the worships contain five sermons focused on the text and its message of together.
As we gather together for the conference, let us focus on together, the clear theme of the Christian Church’s first weeks, and celebrate what we have in common while following Jesus. – Moderator Al Clark
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