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ICOMB plans sesquicentennial

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Hyderabad, India

The International ICOMB_mtgCommunity of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB) began planning its 150th anniversary celebration at its annual meeting, held in Hyderabad, India in November.

The U.S. and Canad-ian MB conferences will hold Celebration 2010 in July in B.C. The German conferences will host a symposium and the annual ICOMB meeting in May 2010, concluding with a mission conference. Tours to historical sites across Europe will also be offered.

Other conferences will also be celebrating. India will kick off the year with local church celebrations in January. Japan will celebrate its 60th anniversary simultaneously with the 150th. Panama will invite original missionaries to attend their celebrations in February. Brazil plans to study the ICOMB Confession, and hold a large conference in October 2010.

Other items covered at the Hyderabad meetings were confirmation of Victor Wall as executive secretary for another 2-year term, completion of the ICOMB Confession of Faith commentary and study guide, plans for an education forum (elementary and secondary) in Congo in 2009 and a higher educational forum in 2011. There was also discussion on how to address ICOMB member conferences in crisis or conflict.

The India MB Conference hosted the group concurrently with their celebration of 50 years of independent indigenous leadership. Hyderabad is the site of the first mission effort by the then-newly minted Mennonite Brethren body in Russia. India now holds the largest MB body in the world.

—ICOMB release

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