Checking the climate—women in ministry
At the Clergy Women’s Retreat, held in January in Malibu, Calif., Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford spoke with several clergywomen about the current climate for women in ministry in the Church of the Brethren. They expressed their gratitude for previous women leaders, and also their concerns for women across the denomination today. Accompanying the conversation is an overview of the path to women’s ordination in the Church of the Brethren.
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Cleared for take-off—together
In his travels thus far as Bethany Seminary’s new president, Jeff Carter has encountered anew the vast differences in the Church of the Brethren—from Kansas to California, and from Minnesota to Arizona. But he also has noted a common thread that binds us together. "In spite of our differences, we are rooted in a common heritage. Together we gather around scripture, and together we discern the mind of Christ."
The centennial of a Brethren poet
William Stafford, one of America’s most celebrated poets, would have turned 100 in January. But, in Brethren circles anyway, the 20th Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress was known not just for his poetry, but also as a fellow churchman and a conscientious objector. His first book, Down In My Heart—in which he shares about his CO experiences during World War II—was first published by Brethren Press in 1948.
The irritating call to love one another
Messenger welcomes Tim Harvey as he kicks off a new series of Bible studies for our magazine. The former Annual Conference moderator and pastor of the Central Church of the Brethren in Roanoke, Va., calls readers of this first installment to engage in courageous discipleship, which, he says, sometimes means “just putting up with the person sitting on the pew across from us.”
COMING IN April: Seeking the ways of peacemaking