Shalom! A Journal for the Practice of Reconciliation is a quarterly publication of the Brethren in Christ Church. Its mission is to educate and stimulate Christ-like responses to the needs of society by providing biblical, theological, sociological, denominational and personal perspectives on a variety of comtemporary issues.
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Winter 2015, "The Global Church"
As Brethren in Christ we are members of Mennonite World Conference, a community of Anabaptist-related churches. According to the 2012 MWC World Directory, there are at least 18 Brethren in Christ national conferences around the world that are members of MWC, including the Canadian and United States conferences. That’s a relatively small percentage of the total of 101 member conferences, but it’s still a significant number. The current president of MWC is Danisa Ndlovu, who until recently was bishop of the Brethren in Christ Church in Zimbabwe. The immediate past president, Nancy Heisey, has strong roots in the Brethren in Christ Church. Brethren in Christ members also serve on the General Council of MWC. In this edition of Shalom!, we highlight the Brethren in Christ Church around the world, as well as provide information about Pennsylvania 2015, the global assembly set to take place in Harrisburg this coming July. Consider this your personal invitation to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event that has been described as a kind of family reunion of Anabaptists, as well as “an experience of Jesus we can’t fully replicate in our own congregations . . . a taste of heaven as we worship and fellowship in many languages and cultures.”