2023 Cincinnati, Ohio 236th
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The 236th Annual Conference (July 4 - July 8) of the Church of the Brethren was held in the Duke Energy Convention Center, located at 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. A spacious Elm Street Entrance leads to a 48,500 square-foot lobby complimented by a Mural Wall. The conference center features three levels to suit the most complex requirements of an event planner. First Floor accommodations include Exhibit Hall A (92,350 sq ft), Exhibit Hall B (60,190 sq ft), and Exhibit Hall C (42,780 sq ft), with a combined space of 195,320 sq ft and 19 foot ceilings. Second Floor offerings include 30 meeting rooms plus skywalks to adjacent hotels. Third Floor ballrooms will accommodate the superior meal events, providing an enterprise kitchen with multiple service corridors, pre-function lobbies, and even a press room. Serving as the anchor hotel this year and towering high above the Convention Center was the 4-star Hyatt Regency comprising 491 guestrooms with complimentary wireless Internet, meeting rooms, business services, restaurants, fitness center and pool. Gone is the former Millennium Hotel which served the 2018 Annual Conference. Convention Banners and Sidewalk Carpets welcomed Brethren to the city. The July 4th Holiday was celebrated by this Patriotic Gentleman. Located on downtown sidewalks and street corners for rent were Bird Scooters to help navigate the city at safe No-Helmet Speeds.


Biblical enthusiasts enjoyed the Ark Encounter, a Christian theme park operated by Answers in Genesis just 39 miles south of Cincinnati at Exit 154 off Interstate 75. Centerpiece of interest is a full size replica of Noah’s Ark, with a length of 510 feet, width of 85 feet, and 51 feet high. Be prepared for the time it may require to see everything. There are hundreds of stalls, booths, videos, cages, theaters, models, and food courts. Even if you know your Bible and the Flood story, you could still spend days trying to enjoy the full experience. If you don't pause very long at any one place, you can enjoy most of it in about 4 - 6 hours.

Cincinnati is home to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center at 50 East Freedom Way. Tensions were heightened during the Civil War period. Slavery was not allowed in the state of Ohio, but just across the Ohio River to the south was the border state of Kentucky which permitted slavery. Many Cincinnati businesses had ties to slaveholders across the river. There were frequent confrontations between abolitionists and slaveholders, especially since many free blacks settled in the city after fleeing from southern states. Visitors will encounter many interpretative displays and presentations of all aspects of slavery. Freedom Center joins other United States “museums of conscience” such as the Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington D.C.), the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis), and the Museum of Tolerance (Los Angeles).


Annual Conference has now been held in the State of Ohio twenty-two times and now five times in Cincinnati: 2023, 2018, 1996, 1987, and 1972. In 1790, the city (then more of a settlement) was named after Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, the retired Roman consul who was entreated from his farm to save the Republic by Senators who promised him unchecked authority. He saved the city of Rome from plunder by the Sabines from one direction and the Aequi from another. He humiliated both foes with incredible wisdom and iron-fisted resolve. Rome welcomed their hero with a gigantic celebration, but after enjoying the unquestioned power of a dictator for only sixteen days, he relinquished that power and returned to his farm and family. Cincinnatus is regarded as the virtuous politician who truly serves the people by completing his term and then leaving office to go back home, instead of the modern career-minded politicians who feathers their nests with exemptions, privileges, favors, pensions, and most of all - tenure.













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“They determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain other of them,
should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders (about this question).”
Acts 15:2