On Monday evening, June 27, at 7:00 pm (EST) the Standing Committee of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, gathered in Greensboro, NC, will hear the appeal of the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren and its pastors. At question will be the legitimacy of the actions of the Shenandoah District Leadership Team on December 10, 2015 to terminate the ordination of Chris Zepp and to place a letter of exoneration and censure in the ministerial file of Jeff Carr as a response to our congregational position on LGBTQ marriage equality.
Claire Martindale, Chair of the BWCOB Board of Administration, and Fred Swartz, BWCOB Moderator, will join Chris and Jeff in representing our congregation at the Appeal Hearing with Standing Committee.
Those interested in joining together in prayer for our congregation and pastors, the Shenandoah District, and for the Standing Committee and the hearing process during the hearing are invited to meet in the Seekers room on Monday, June 27, at 6:45 pm. Mary Cline Detrick will convene and lead those gathered in prayer.