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Stanley J. Noffsinger
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 Tveit
Conference secretary attends meeting on legislative priorities with Senate committee
(February 1, 2014)
The Church of the Brethren was represented at a meeting of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee by Annual Conference secretary James Beckwith. The Church of the Brethren was one of several faith groups invited to send representatives to the meeting on Jan. 29 at the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., to speak with senators about legislative priorities. An excerpt from Beckwith’s summary of the meeting follows.
Joint representative for Syria to deliver urgent call from churches to Geneva 2 talks
(January 20, 2014)
With the Geneva 2 talks on Syria scheduled for Jan. 22, some 30 church leaders from Syria and around the world gathered a week ahead of time at the headquarters of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva, Switzerland, and called for substantial action be taken at the talks to end the armed conflict. Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger was one of the American church leaders who participated.
COMS meeting brings together leaders of Anabaptist denominations
(January 17, 2014)
At the beginning of December 2013, leaders of a number of Anabaptist denominations gathered for the annual Council of Moderators and Secretaries meeting. Attending from the Church of the Brethren were general secretary Stanley J. Noffsinger and Annual Conference moderator Nancy Sollenberger Heishman. The gathering was hosted by the Conservative Mennonite Conference at its Rosedale International Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Former general secretary Judy Mills Reimer is remembered for her leadership to the Church of the Brethren
(November 15, 2013)
Judy Mills Reimer, 73, who filled a number of key leadership roles in the Church of the Brethren including service as a former general secretary and Annual Conference moderator, died the morning of Nov. 13 in a hospital in Charlottesville, Va. She had suffered a series of strokes over the past few weeks.
African moderator is historic choice for WCC, elections also name Noffsinger to Central Committee
(November 11, 2013)
The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches has chosen a new Central Committee to serve for the period until the next assembly is held. Among the 150 delegates selected for the Central Committee is Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger, as well as three others from the peace churches. In an historic choice, the Central Committee has chosen its first woman and African to serve as moderator.