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 2015 Annual Conference  - Dublin/Columbus, Ohio!

 “ Come to the Water."
 65th Annual Conference
July 13-16

The Conference Planning Committee has started gathering ideas for the 2015 conference, being held in Dublin, OH.
  Watch for more details as the develop!

Bible Study Leader        
We are pleased and excited to announce that Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell will be our Bible Study Leader at the 65th Annual Conference being held in Dublin, Ohio July 13-16, 2015.  She will also lead a pastors’ workshop. 

            Dr. Snell joined the Louisville Seminary faculty in 2011 as a constructive theologian who is committed to bringing theology alive in the context of the global church. Her ability to engage students in theological conversations that are simultaneously Christian, biblical, historical, systematic, doctrinal, theatrical, multi-religious, and multi-cultural are well-suited to the Seminary’s mission of preparing men and women for ministry in a multi-religious world.
            Craigo-Snell earned degrees (PhD, MPhil, MA, and MDiv) at Yale University and Yale Divinity School. From 2001 to 2011 she taught in the Religious Studies department at Yale University, where she also earned several Yale fellowships and professional research grants. Her students have included undergraduates with diverse religious backgrounds in the secular context of the University; denominationally diverse Divinity School students; and doctoral students in religious studies. These varied contexts have been part of her formation as a constructive theologian.
            In 2014 Craigo-Snell was ordained to the Office of Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Reverend Doctor Craigo-Snell now finds herself more deeply committed to always working within the context of the church. Being blessed with the opportunity to preside over the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is of particular interest to her.

"My own calling is to be a theologian of, in, and for the church," she states. "I am called to teach and write in service to the church, thus I am excited about teaching in the seminary setting. Louisville Seminary is a place where I can bring the interdisciplinary scholarship and attention to religious diversity that I have honed in the university into the work of preparing Christians for ministry."

            Her writing spans a similar scope of interdisciplinary diversity. In addition to several articles for journals such as The Ecumenist, Quaker Religious Thought, Jump Cut and Modern Theology, she has written The Empty Church: Theater, Theology, and Bodily Hope (Oxford University Press, 2014); Silence, Love, and Death: Saying Yes to God in the Theology of Karl Rahner (Marquette University Press, 2008); and Living Christianity: A Pastoral Theology for Today (Fortress, 2009) with Shawnthea Monroe.
            Craigo-Snell is the coordinator of the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion, a $100,000 annual prize given jointly by Louisville Seminary and the University of Louisville for creative ideas that best illuminate the relationship between human beings and the divine.
            We look forward to Dr, Snell’s teachings come July and hope all of you will begin making plans to attend the 2015 Annual Conference!


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National Joint Powers Alliance

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            The ICCC Board of Trustees decided at the July board meeting to join the NJPA so that all the ICCC active member churches can take advantage of this program.  To learn more, visit their website www.njpacoop.org.  Contact the Council Office for account information.


From: The ICCC Board of Trustees

To: ICCC Members, Investors, Supporters and Friends

Re: The Death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, USA


The Board of Trustees has approved the following statement for release to you and to the public:





As the Board representing the churches and ministry centers of the International Council of Community Churches, we grieve with the family of Michael Brown and with the community of Ferguson, Missouri as they struggle with their grief and with the tragedy of violence and its consequences. We pray for justice, and we also pray for both Divine and human mercy. We pray that by God's grace, healing and comfort, all may find their way toward a reconciliation that does not ignore the past, but that instead transcends sorrow and bitterness and reaches toward peace.

Current members of the ICCC Board of Trustees are: Rev. Dr. Richard O. Griffith, President; Ms. Laura Alexander, Vice President for Regional Relationships; Ms. Virginia Wendel, Vice President for Membership Enlistment; Mr. Wayne Samuels, Vice President for Membership Services; Mr. John Carroll, Trustee for Eastern Region A (CT, MA, ME, NJ, Eastern NY, Eastern PA, VT); Ms. Vermelle Barnes, Trustee for Eastern Region B (DC, DE, MD, NC, VA); Ms. Victoria Wells, Trustee for Eastern Region C (FL, GA, PR, SC); Rev. Sharyon Cosey, Trustee for Central Region A (IL, IN, MN, MO, OK, WI); Ms. Janet Burch, Trustee for Central Region B (MI, OH, Western NY, Western PA); Elder Glenn Clay, Trustee for Central Region C (AL, AR, LA, KY, TN); Mr. Charles Addison, Trustee for Western Region A (AK, Northern CA, NV, OR, WA); Ms. Nanci Harris, Western Region B (Southern CA, AZ); Rev. Denise Sager, Trustee for Western Region C (CO, MT, NE, NM, TX, UT)

You are invited to add your own signature to the statement, and to share the statement with your church or ministry center, and with all mass media outlets in your area. The statement will also be posted on the ICCC website and on the ICCC Facebook page.

May God bless you in your ministries of reconciliation, peace and Christian unity.


Rev. Dr. Richard O. Griffith, President
Rev. Donald H. Ashmall, Council Minister
International Council of Community Churches
21116 Washington Parkway, Frankfort, IL 60423
Office Phone 815-464-5690
Office Fax 815-464-5692
Website www.icccusa.com



International Council of Community Churches
21116 Washington Parkway     Frankfort, Illinois  60423
815.464.5690    Fax: 815.464.5692