Office of the General Secretary

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

Courtesy of BBT/Brian Solem

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Brethren bits for Sept. 27. This week: Shine seeks curriculum writers, September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, a banquet celebrates Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry, solidarity and concern for Christians in Pakistan following the bombing of All Saints Church, and much more.
Church leaders discuss moving Syria to peace; General Secretary attends with Syria, Russia, US, Europe leaders
(September 20, 2013)
Following a World Council of Churches (WCC) meeting with church leaders from Russia, Syria, the United States, and Europe on the role of the church moving all parties in Syria toward a peace agreement. Kofi Annan, former United Nations secretary-general, and Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Representative for Syria, joined the group of Christian leaders today at the WCC Ecumenical Institute Center. Church of the Brethren general secretary Stanley J. Noffsinger was one of the American church leaders at the meeting.
Brethren respond to Syria crisis, participate in fasting and prayer, prepare $100,000 grant for refugee needs
(September 11, 2013)
Church of the Brethren leaders, congregations, schools, participants at National Older Adult Conference, and other individual members of the church have been responding to the crisis in Syria in a variety of ways, including participating in fasting and prayer for peace in Syria (see the call to a day of fasting and prayer at www.brethren.org/news/2013/day-of-fasting-for-peace-in-syria.html ) .
Newsline Special: Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria
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Church of the Brethren joins with groups warning against military action in Syria
(August 30, 2013)
The Church of the Brethren is among some 25 nonprofits writing to President Obama to express concern about plans for military action in Syria. Also today, an Action Alert from the denomination’s Office of Public Witness warns that “military strikes are not the answer in Syria.”
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