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Immigration reform continues to be an important conversation in our country, and the Church of the Brethren continues to be engaged in the conversation. This 2006 Pastoral Letter on Immigration represents the most recent communication from the church on immigration.
More recently, a strong and urgent call for fundamental immigration reform was issued February 2013, at the conclusion of the annual meeting of Christian Churches Together (CCT). The Church of the Brethren was represented at the gathering by general secretary Stan Noffsinger, moderator Bob Krouse, moderator-elect Nancy Heishman, and Brethren Press publisher Wendy McFadden, who serves on the CCT steering committee. See the full text of the statement.
On March 10, 2013, the Mission and Ministry Board issued a resolution against drone warfare. This resolution will be sent to the 2013 Annual Conference for consideration.
For decades, the Church of the Brethren has declared a clear position against gun violence. Read the 2010 Resolution against Gun Violence and, for a historical perspective, the 1978 Report on Violence and the Use of Firearms.
For this we pray ...
Join the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board, gathered around the Word, as we pray that our dedication to peace, simplicity, and community will undergird all aspects of our life and work together. You are welcome to download and print this graphic.
Two archbishops kidnaped on day of church appeal for Middle East peace
(April 24, 2013)
On the day the Global Christian Forum released an Appeal by Middle East church leaders calling their co-citizens “to reject all forms of extremism and enmity” and for the world community to “to support a Christian presence in the Middle East in partnership with other religions” it was reported that two Orthodox bishops had been kidnaped in Syria.
Church leaders comment on national tragedy, CDS offers advice for parents
(April 22, 2013)
Christian leaders are joining the nation in prayer following the Boston Marathon bombings. Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger added his voice to that of other ecumenical leaders following the tragedy. Ecumenical groups making statements include the Massachusetts Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches, and the World Council of Churches. Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) also has called for prayer and offered advice to help parents talk with their children about what happened. “We join this day in remembering those who lost their lives," said general secretary Stan Noffsinger.
Fifty years later, church leaders respond to Letter from Birmingham Jail
(April 17, 2013)
Fifty years later, Christian Churches Together (CCT) has issued a response to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” The document was signed by representatives of CCT’s member communions and presented to King’s youngest daughter, Bernice King, at a symposium April 14-15 in Birmingham, Ala.