Office of the General Secretary
Stanley J. Noffsinger
Statement Against Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
Letter on Armenia and Nigeria
WCC Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
At the start of this fall 2014, we are witnessing conflict and crisis all over the world—extremist violence in Nigeria, Palestine, Israel, Syria, and Iraq; epidemic illness in west Africa; families and children fleeing gang violence in Central America, causing waves of unaccompanied child refugees; episodes of deadly racism in our own cities. The pain and suffering is taking its toll and threatens to burden our spirits, even as we pray, fast, hold fundraisers, and do what we can to help.
We do not walk alone on this journey of compassion and caring for the needs of the world—other people of faith walk beside us and remind us of the companionship we have in Jesus Christ. The following video from the opening event of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, a new initiative of the World Council of Churches, shares from people of faith who are on this same journey.
Talking about Just Peace with World Council of Churches general secretary Olav Fykse TveitCourtesy of BBT/Brian Solem
Church of the Brethren among 500 groups signing letter in support of Syrian refugees
(January 15, 2016)
The Church of the Brethren, through action of general secretary Stanley J. Noffsinger and the Office of Public Witness, has signed on to a letter to the US Senate in support of Syrian refugees. The letter also expresses opposition to a piece of legislation being sent to the Senate by the House of Representatives, the “American Security Against Foreign Enemies” (SAFE) Act of 2015 (H.R. 4038).
Mission and Ministry Board announces conclusion of Noffsinger’s service, appointment of interim general secretary
(January 12, 2016)
The Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren has reached agreement with Stanley J. Noffsinger that he will conclude his service as general secretary on Friday, Feb. 12.
Church of the Brethren general secretary speaks out against anti-Muslim rhetoric
(December 11, 2015)
Church of the Brethren general secretary Stanley J. Noffsinger has issued a statement against the current escalation of rhetoric that seeks to demonize Muslims. Citing Jesus’ commands to love God, and love neighbor as self, and the parable of the Good Samaritan, the statement also calls church members to revisit portions of the 1991 Annual Conference statement “Peacemaking: The Call of God’s Peace in History” that direct the church to “explore avenues of interfaith dialogue leading toward a visible expression of God's plan for human unity.”
NCC issues statement on recent Middle East violence and acts of terrorism
(November 18, 2015)
"As we approach the celebration of the birth of Christ our hearts are filled with sorrow and fear that peace will remain out of reach in the Middle East for much longer than we could ever have imagined."
Brethren are called to prayer in the face of extremist violence
(November 14, 2015)
As the world begins to comprehend the magnitude of yesterday’s terror attacks in Paris, Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger is calling the church to prayer for those affected by extremist violence in Paris, and around the world.