Logo Living Stream CoB…. Welcome to the Living Stream Church of the Brethren!  We worship together online on Sunday evenings at 5:00pm Pacific Timezone (6:00 Mountain Time, 7:00pm Central Time, 8:00 Eastern Time).  Join us then at our web streaming host to find the doorway to our online gatherings, with friends from around the country and around the world. All are welcome here!


You may be wondering what this “online church” is all about.  Click here for a quick sampling of our worship, in introduction videos by Enten Eller. This is a new thing we are doing, but it is firmly rooted in the traditions of love, communication, adventure, and respect we have inherited from our roots in the Church of the Brethren.  Please find out more about who we are and hope to be, and how you can connect with us!  

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Unfortunately, we’ve had to disable comments on this website due to massive volumes of spam. But please feel free to email us your thoughts and questions!  contact <at> livingstreamcob <dot> org Thanks for visiting!  We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Prayer and Fasting with Nigeria

It has been a hard week.  From Iraq to St. Louis, Donetsk to Marin County, our hearts are hurt every time we turn on the news.  Add to this the personal concerns and struggles of our family and friends, and this is a heavy time, dear sisters and brothers.

In the midst of our anguish and prayer for all this suffering in our world, we turn our focus this week onto one community in need of our healing prayers.  Holding in our hearts all the other places and people in need of peace, we focus on Nigeria as a way to confront directly one of the manifestations of evil – and declare our faith that violence does not get the last word, that love will win out, and that life will emerge only stronger from the grip of evil.

We join with our sisters and brothers across the global Brethren body, in holding our kindred in Christ in Nigeria in our hearts this week (August 17-24, 2014).

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 5.53.43 PMPlease join us in worship August 17, 2014, with a meditative service using lectio divina resources prepared by Pastor Sara Haldeman-Scarr, as well as music from Linda Williams and video compiled by Peter Haynes, and a message from Pastor Audrey.  We are one body – and every member is beloved.

Join us in prayer every day this week, for a minute or an hour, to hold Nigeria in your thoughts.  On Monday-Saturday, from noon-1pm Pacific time (2-3 pm Central time), join us in sending a Living Stream of Prayers for Peace.  We hope to help sustain 192 straight hours of prayer for peace.  And join us in prayer for Nigeria on Sundays at our usual worship time.  (Or sign up for your own time slot here.)  Use the daily prayer guide by Pastor Sara Haldeman-Scarr to guide your meditation, or pray in your own way.

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The Church of the Brethren has provided many great resources for background about the situation in Nigeria, the 2014 resolution calling us to a week of prayer and fasting, ideas about fasting as a spiritual discipline, and resources to use in your prayer time. Find all of them by clicking here.

Upcoming in worship this summer…

  • IMG_3647 (3)NYC Sunday and conversation with Pastor Brian Flory of Beacon Heights CoB, Ft. Wayne, Indiana – July 20
  • Interview with Roxane and Carl Hill (pictured at right)about living and serving the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria – July 27
  • Mary Sue and Bruce Rosenberger take us to the Brethren Heritage Center - August 3
  • Interview with Rachel Gross of the Death Row Support Project – August 10
  • Updates on progressive movements among the Mormons
  • A Visions and Dreams conversation between Ruthann Knechel Johansen and Pastor Audrey about peace witness

Worship all summer long with us – live at 5pm Pacific time on Sundays or in the archives any time.

Prayers for Nigeria, Prayers for Peace

At Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio, last week, a lot of emotions and issues were in the air.  We’ll continue exploring the conversations emerging from the conference in coming weeks. But in this first week back, on July 13, I want to focus on the one theme that resonated throughout every corner of the conference: our sisters and brothers in Nigeria, and the violence plaguing their communities.

Screen shot 2014-07-09 at 6.11.08 PMDr. Rebecca Dali of the EYN, pictured here, is a powerful witness for peace in the face of terrible violence.  What does the experience she has shared mean for our faith?  Will this moment change us?

It occurred to me (as it has likely occurred to others), that what the EYN is facing right now is the sort of challenge to its peace witness that many of us in this Living Stream are not facing - but the sort of violence that our spiritual ancestors were facing when they developed their authentic Brethren peace witness, during the US Civil War or during the 17th-century religious violence in Europe.  What, then, does our faith call us to here and now?

On July 13, our worship will focus on lifting up EYN and all the people of Nigeria suffering from extremist violence.  The EYN has called us to join them in fasting and praying – let us do so.  Please bring your hopes and prayers for these sisters and brothers, as we join our words and thoughts together in praying for peace.

If you can’t join us Sunday, post a prayer on our Facebook wall, email us what’s on your heart, write a song or poem or paint a picture and send it to us – or share what you’re moved to share however you can.  Let us allow the heaviness of this pain to weigh on us for a moment, and shape us to be people fully present to the world around us.

Join us in worship and prayer, live at 5pm Pacific time Sunday, or in the archives anytime this summer.

- Pastor Audrey

Living Stream at Annual Conference 2014!

Will you be in Columbus?  Let us know so Living Streamers can meet up! 

Screen shot 2014-06-29 at 10.00.32 AMPastor Audrey will be present in Columbus and participating in a few venues where you can reach her – as a Ministry of Reconciliation mediator, speaking at the On Earth Peace breakfast with Ruthann Knechel Johansen, staffing the Open Table Cooperative booth, and more.  Be in touch and she’ll keep an eye out for you especially.  We hope to see many of you in person there!

Download the Progressive Brethren Guide to Annual Conference, put together by our friends at Open Table Cooperative, BMC, and Womaen’s Caucus.  It highlights various events and opportunities in Columbus, including a new booth configuration for those three groups.
Upcoming Conference-related Worship
On Sunday, June 29, worship includes discussion about Annual Conference, with an online panel with Kimberly Koczan-Flory and Elizabeth Ullery of Open Table Cooperative.  What are we expecting at this Conference – and how are we living as Courageous Disciples in our own ways today?  Watch the conversation in the archives all summer long.
On Sunday, July 6, as we return home from Columbus, Living Stream will not be holding our regular evening worship service. Instead, we invite you to take part in the Church of the Brethren-wide Annual Conference Sunday, by worshipping with us through live stream, by clicking this link.  Living Stream Tech Deacon Enten Eller works hard to stream live every business session and worship service at Annual Conference, so we invite you to join us online during any part of the Conference, and especially on Sunday, July 6.  You can join in worship live at 8:30 am Eastern time, or watch the archives of the worship service at any time.  Write in a comment to let Enten and the rest of us know you joined us there!

Science vs. Religion?

Are science and faith mutually exclusive?  How can we move past the impasse and find a way to learn from and grow through the Screen shot 2014-04-02 at 9.15.41 AMconversation between these two important fields of human existence?  (Neil deGrasse Tyson, an acclaimed astronomer, offers one lyrical view in the picture shown)

On Sunday, May 18, we welcome Dr. Jill Schweitzer to discuss this and more with us. She just concluded teaching a class about science and religion at Bethany Theological Seminary.  Bring your questions and views and join the conversation live at 5pm PDT on May 18 by clicking on this link.

To dive deep into the pop cultural ‘conflict’ between science and religion, check out this infamous debate about creationism and evolutionism, between Dr. Bill Nye and Ken Ham.

Feedback please!

With an online congregation, it can be hard to get feedback about what we’re doing.  Your ideas and views are invaluable as we decide what to do, week to week and year to year. You might not know it, but one or two conversations with Pastor Audrey can change the course of what we do!  We’re here for you and we do what we can with limited resources to make this work – help us know what’s most worth focusing on.

You can always email us, but we’ve also made a quick little survey to get some key questions answered about what’s most important to you about this online community, and to get your thoughts on our path ahead. Please click here and let us know how we can make this more and more YOUR community online.

Thank you for your time, and your prayers always!