Brethren Volunteer Service

Brethren Volunteer Service is a full time volunteer program that places volunteers in a one or two year long assignment in the United States and some locations around the world. This ministry of the Church of the Brethren has been a major program in this Christian denomination since 1948.

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Upcoming Orientation Units

Unit #323 (BRF)

Dates: August 18 - 26, 2019
Location: Camp Swatara, Bethel, PA
Applications due 7/5

Unit #324 (Fall)

Dates: September 22 - October 11, 2019
Location: Camp Emmaus, Mount Morris, Illinois
Applications due 8/9



BVS updates

Church and Peace celebrates 70 years of active peace work in Europe
(June 1, 2019)
About 150 people from peace churches, peace organizations, communities, friends, and guests--from 10 denominations and Christian traditions and 14 countries--met to mark the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the European ecumenical network Church and Peace. They gathered on May 18 for a ceremony in the Reformation Church of Moabit in Berlin to celebrate the network’s past, present, and future with the theme, “‘I will give you future and hope’ (Jeremiah 29:11): 70 years of living nonviolence and resisting militarization.”


Church of the Brethren renews memorandum of understanding with Selective Service
(May 6, 2019)
The Church of the Brethren has renewed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Selective Service System, the federal department responsible for the nation’s preparation for a military draft and draft registration. Selective Service also has worked with the historic peace churches to plan for alternative service for conscientious objectors in the event of a draft.


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