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Moderator Town Hall 


ELGIN, IL – Church of the Brethren Annual Conference Moderator Paul Mundey has announced plans for another Moderator’s Town Hall on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 7:00 PM EDT. The topic will be “What Will Be the ‘New Normal’? Anticipating a Post-Pandemic World.” Mark DeVries and Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen will serve as resource persons.

The Town Hall will explore what the future might hold in light of the COVID-19 crisis and the possible shape of a “new normal.” Topics will include: the current state of the pandemic, when and how churches can safely resume in-person activity, the importance of hybrid (in-person plus online) approaches to ministry to ensure accessibility for all, navigating ongoing tensions and headlines related to the pandemic, facing into the loss and grief of the COVID-19 crisis, how to support both parishioners and pastors, the future trajectory of the pandemic, and how best to equip ourselves for tomorrow.

Mark DeVries is the founder and president of Ministry Architects, a nationally acclaimed church resourcing organization. Ministry Architects has worked with over 950 churches, schools, and nonprofits, deploying over 80 consultants, offering counsel in strategic initiatives for entire congregations as well as youth ministry, children’s ministry, young adult ministry, small church ministry, and executive coaching. Mark has engaged in a career of entrepreneurial ministry. He founded or co-founded numerous sustainable ministry enterprises, including Ministry Incubators, the Center for Youth Ministry, Justice Industries, and most notably, Ministry Architects. Since beginning as a part-time consultant, Mark has worked with over 1000 congregations. Mark also served in pastoral ministry for several years, specializing in ministry with youth and their families. 

Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen is a Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. She is a specialist in infectious disease epidemiology and global health. Dr. Jacobsen has served as an expert advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi, UNICEF, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), and other international health organizations. Her long-running projects at the Mercy Hospital Research Laboratory in Sierra Leone are testing new infectious disease surveillance methods. They have documented the emergence of diseases like chikungunya and Ebola in the region. Dr. Jacobsen is a frequent health and medical commentator for print, online, and television media. She is also a member of the Oakton Church of the Brethren, Oakton, Virginia, valuing her connection to faith and the Church of the Brethren.

To register for the Town Hall, please click here.  Interested persons are encouraged to sign up early, as the event is limited to the first 500 registrants.


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