Our mission here at the Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM) is to build, connect, and mobilize Moravians to live out their faith…B.C.M., get it?!? This summer, we’re offering you a virtual place to connect with other Moravians. By spending time with a small group, you can build relationships, connect with others, and mobilize to grow in faith, love, and hope, following Jesus in serving the world. Not even a global pandemic can stop us! The BCM will offer a variety of online small group gatherings and/or study groups to examine various topics of interest to Moravian Christians during July and August.
See a session you’d like to join but can’t make it to all the meetings? No problem! Prior to each meeting, an email will be sent that will include previous sessions recordings.
Upcoming CONNECT Happenings
Life Together in a World Apart | Rev. Chaz Snider
October 5- November 9, 2020
Building A Culture of Anti-Racism: Road to Racial Justice Training | Dr. Timothy Berry
October 26, 27, and 29, 2020 | 7:oo – 9:30 PM ET
This seminar engages participants in a comprehensive approach to build anti-racist agendas within organizations. Theoretical, historical and contextual information informs the training in this training. Participants will learn the skills and language necessary to:
- Identify a comprehensive framework and praxis for leading cultural change
- Explore Cycles of socialization and liberation
- Understand Critical Race Theory Applications for Organizational and Systems Change
- Deepen personal practice and protocols for race conversations
- Examine action research methodologies which can be used to build a culture of anti-racism
Dr. Timothy Berry is the Interim Dean of Urban Education at Metropolitan State University in the Twin Cities. He holds a Master of Music Education degree, with an emphasis in multicultural music from The University of Minnesota. Dr. Berry is an award-winning composer, and has edited and published interdisciplinary curriculum, and has recently published a book chapter on using critical race theory to undergird the preparation of new teachers. He maintains a research agenda including critical race theory, project-based learning, and music and the arts. Tim Berry lives in Waconia, Minnesota and attends the Waconia Moravian Church.
Stewardship: A Four Part Harmony | Rev. Rick Sides & Laura Sides Watson
Thursdays, October 22- November 12, 2020 | 3:00- 4:00 PM ET
This four-week experience will look at four familiar scripture passages in new ways as we reflect on how, as followers of Christ, we are called to care for ourselves, others, our stuff, and the Earth.
Through a mixture of Lectio Divina and conversation, we’ll learn together and celebrate the privilege, responsibility, and joy of being God’s stewards. Scripture verses to be discussed include 1 Peter 4:10 and Luke 12:13-34; the schedule will be published in early October. Remember, faithful and joyful stewards aren’t born; they’re formed!
Laura Sides Watson, Director of Stewardship Services, joined the Moravian Ministries Foundation in April of 2012. A native of Winston-Salem and a member of Home Moravian Church, she has worked in the Florida school system, at Salem College, and as Assistant Director of Laurel Ridge, the Southern Province’s camp and conference center. When she’s not busy with stewardship for the Foundation, Laura enjoys running and fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), as well as traveling with her husband, Mark. She has served on the Salem Academy and College Board of Trustees, the Salem Academy Alumnae Board, and the Triad JDRF Board of Directors.
The Rev. Rick Sides is a retired Moravian pastor with a passion for the centrality and significance of stewardship in our lives and in the church as disciples of Christ. Over the years he has had the privilege of working with many individuals and congregations to discern how God is calling us as stewards of God’s gifts and grace in the world.
Did you miss a BCM CONNECT Group that you would like to watch? Click here to view several of our previous CONNECT group Zoom recordings.