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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
Brethren and ecumenical partners continue support for Nigeria and the abducted girls
(May 20, 2014)
A round up of news tidbits from this past week, demonstrating a variety of ways in which Brethren congregations and districts have been offering prayer and support for Nigerian Brethren and the abducted schoolgirls. Also below: statements of support from ecumenical partners, as well as media interviews and stories with links to find them online:
Committee studying ecumenism seeks responses to survey
(May 20, 2014)
The Annual Conference study committee on a Vision of Ecumenism for the 21st Century is conducting a survey of the delegates of Annual Conference 2013, Young Adult Conference participants, those involved in district ministry, and Mission and Ministry Board members as it prepares to write a Church of the Brethren vision paper on ecumenism.
Church of the Brethren chief executives join CWS at gathering to strengthen ties for work together
(May 13, 2014)
"CWS is about our members, partners, and a myriad of colleagues working together, as institutions and as coalitions, but even more, as people. That is the vision of our faith and our values."
Walking with the Nigerian church: An interview with Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger and mission executive Jay Wittmeyer
(May 12, 2014)
In this interview conducted last month, shortly after they returned from a trip to Nigeria, Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger and Global Mission and Service executive Jay Wittmeyer spoke with Newsline editor Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford about the trip and the situation of the church in Nigeria. They attended the Majalisa or annual conference at the headquarters of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), met with EYN leaders and the Brethren mission staff in Nigeria--Carol Smith and Carl and Roxane Hill--and visited the capital city Abuja.
Congregations invited to pray for girls abducted from school in Chibok, Nigeria
(May 7, 2014)
In a letter being mailed this week, each Church of the Brethren is invited to pray for one of the girls abducted from Chibok, Nigeria, by name. The majority of the more than 200 abducted schoolgirls, ages 16 to 18, were from EYN (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) although the group included both Muslim and Christian girls.