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.

Seminary Sunday

On Sunday, September 21, 2014, Living Stream celebrates Bethany Sunday with Bethany Theological Seminary President Jeff Carter and other members of the Bethany community as we broadcast worship from Nicarry Chapel in Richmond, Indiana.

New Students 14 Bethany plays an important role in Ministry education for the Church of the Brethren as the only Church of the Brethren seminary. Its partnerships with the Brethren Academy, Brethren Life and Thought, The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center, and Earlham School of Religion broaden Bethany’s impact even further.
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In the President’s first year, Carter has encouraged the denomination to think of Bethany as a First Thought in ministry education. The seminary is celebrating a large and active incoming class of students for the 2014-15 academic year (pictured above), development of a new Bethany Neighborhood that offers opportunities for community and resource sharing, and a new technology classroom that allows students to synchronously join class from a distance. Each of these developments began as a dream that is now a reality at the Seminary. Carter continues to have big dreams as the seminary moves forward in partnership with the denomination and congregations.
Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 9.16.57 PMThe work of Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation are a priority at Bethany, through programs like the Peace Essay Contest, offering an emphasis in Peace Studies, and its new affiliation with the Seminary Stewardship Alliance focusing on care of creation through our theological study. Living Stream participated in the International Day of Prayer for Peace during our worship last Sunday, allowing space for Bethany this coming Sunday. We want to continue to join with our ecumenical Brothers and Sisters in lifting our voices for Peace during this set-aside day of prayer.

Join us online for worship streaming from Bethany Seminary this Sunday night, to learn, listen, and grow together.  (Help us welcome other Brethren, new to Living Stream, who may be joining us in particular for Bethany Sunday!)  If you’re in the Richmond area, drop by Nicarry Chapel Sunday night – or else tune into our Fall 2014 livestream ‘event’ at 5pm Pacific time, or watch the archives any time.

Messenger conversations monthly

Join our monthly Messenger magazine online conversations!   Each month, we gather online through Google Hangouts and discuss the latest issue, from articles to advertisements – and how the ideas in this magazine resonate in our daily lives.

You are invited to join us in this form of community-building – a sort of online adult education experience – every month!   For information or to join us, email Messenger@LivingStreamCoB.org.  You can start joining in the conversation any time at our Facebook page.

Our next Messenger conversation will happen right after the worship service on Sunday, September 28 (at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific).   Ken and Pastor Audrey take the lead in getting conversation going, but your ideas and questions are always welcome.  We hope to see you then!

Fall 2014: the many tributaries that form a stream

This fall, Living Stream embarks on a new phase of our life together, with a transition into ‘plural ministry,’ allowing me to share the pulpit each month with experienced ministers, Enten Eller and MarySue and Bruce Rosenberger.

As always, your participation is very welcome in shaping our future together.  Living Stream exists because of the generous donations, prayerful support, and active contributions of many members.  If you would like to take on a role with us, please consider volunteering your talents for the Living Stream. We welcome worship resources, reflections, guest sermons, on-air interviews, musical contributions – and also help in hosting online conversation, holding others in prayer, or facilitating chats in the live worship conversations.  Let me know you want to help!   If you would like to see something new in this Living Stream, please help make it happen!Thank you for your continuing prayers, for telling friends about Living Stream, and making this community the adventure it always is!

- Pastor Audrey

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