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International Brethren concernsNigeria crisis
Pastoral letter and call to prayer for Egypt
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Stanley J. Noffsinger
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 Tveit
Mission and Ministry Board approves up to $1.5 million for expanded crisis response in Nigeria, authorizes marketing of Brethren Service Center property
(October 22, 2014)
At its fall meeting the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board took a number of significant actions, including approval of up to $1.5 million in funding for a greatly expanded response to the crisis in Nigeria; authorizing marketing of the Brethren Service Center property in New Windsor, Md.; and approval of a budget for denominational ministries in 2015. Chair Becky Ball-Miller led the meeting on Oct. 17-20 at the General Offices in Elgin, Ill.
Brethren attend 15th Ordinary Synod of the Church of North India
(October 14, 2014)
Church of the Brethren leaders general secretary Stan Noffsinger and mission executive Jay Wittmeyer joined the Church of North India (CNI) at its 15th Ordinary Meeting of the Synod. The triennial event was held Oct. 1- 4 at Sherwood College in the hill station community of Nainital, Uttrakhand, and was build around the theme “Come; Let Us Rebuild...” (Nehemiah 2:17).
Ecumenical study committee shares preliminary work, plans for Annual Conference 2015
(October 7, 2014)
The Annual Conference study committee on an Ecumenical Vision for the 21st Century met Aug. 27-28 in Seattle, Wash. With gorgeous weather and a stunning view of Mt. Rainier, the group was blessed to receive the hospitality of Columbia-Lakewood Community Church in Seattle, which is jointly affiliated with the Church of the Brethren and the United Church of Christ.
General secretary and Public Witness staff reiterate support for nonviolent measures in Syria and Iraq, CPTer comments from Iraqi Kurdistan
(September 26, 2014)
In a week when US President Barack Obama has announced new air strikes on Islamic State in Syria by a coalition of the US military and several Arab nations, Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger and the denomination’s Office of Public Witness have reiterated a commitment to nonviolent means of change in Syria and Iraq.
Global Mission and Service, Brethren Disaster Ministries provide emergency aid to Nigerian Brethren as EYN denominational staff flee insurgent advance
(September 9, 2014)
In scattered reports received piecemeal by e-mail, text, and Facebook since the weekend, it appears that most if not all the denominational staff of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and their families have left the EYN headquarters as Boko Haram insurgents advance on the area.