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Ministerial ethics training shifts to online format (July 1, 2020)

Church of the Brethren ministers needing to complete the advanced level ethics training requirement for credentialing renewal have found increased options in today’s virtual world. In mid-March the Office of Ministry began transitioning to offering such sessions online. Read more »

Ministry Summer Service interns for 2020 serve home congregations or serve remotely (June 29, 2020)

Seven interns are serving as a part of Ministry Summer Service (MSS) despite alterations to the program due to COVID-19. Instead of meeting in-person for a week-long orientation and then spending nine weeks serving alongside a ministry mentor in a local setting, interns are meeting weekly for education, formation, and fellowship sessions via video conference. Interns offer leadership to their home congregations, as possible given local COVID-19 guidelines where they live, or to another congregation through technology. Read more »

EYN officials dedicate church for IDP camp funded in the name of a ‘spirited sister’ (June 26, 2020)

Officials of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) have dedicated a 500-person capacity church auditorium for more than 300 worshipers at an IDP (internally displaced person) camp in Wuro Jabbe, Yola South Local Area, Adamawa State. The project, which cost about 4 million Naira, was sponsored in the name of the late Chrissy Kulp, granddaughter of Stover Kulp--one of the founders of the Church of the Brethren Mission in Nigeria in the 1920s. She enjoyed traveling and had recently re-visited her childhood home in Nigeria. Born Dec. 26, 1954, Kulp passed away on July 8, 2019, at the age of 64, in Waynesboro, Pa. She was the daughter of Mary Ann (Moyer) Kulp Payne of Waynesboro and the late Philip M. Kulp. Read more »

Webinar series will focus on ‘Lessons from the Latinx Church’ (June 26, 2020)

“Lessons from the Latinx Church” is a webinar series provided by the Freedom Road Institute for Leadership and Justice to help church leaders and pastors learn and live into the new possibilities for ministry. A free introductory session is taking place on June 30 at 12 noon (Eastern time). Sessions will continue at 12 noon (Eastern time) every Tuesday through July 28. Read more »

Brethren active in health care (June 26, 2020)

This listing is provided by the Church of the Brethren Newsline in order to help us recognize, thank, and pray for Church of the Brethren members who are caring for people’s health right now. Read more »

Newsline for June 26, 2020 (June 26, 2020)

NEWS 1) Young adult webinar is dedicated to uncovering the complexity of racism 2) EYN officials dedicate church for IDP camp funded in the name of a ‘spirited sister’ 3) Digital hymn sing keeps West Green Tree singing all week long UPCOMING EVENTS 4) Webinar series will focus on ‘Lessons from the Latinx Church’ RESOURCES 5) Brethren Press digital curriculum for the Fall offers Christian formation options during pandemic 6) Brethren bits Read more »

Brethren bits for June 26, 2020 (June 26, 2020)

In this issue: Denominational staff to continue to work from home through August, Brethren Press offers new face masks, personnel and job openings, a “loaves and fishes” story from Venezuela, need for prayer for Nigeria, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »

Brethren Press digital curriculum for the Fall offers Christian formation options during pandemic (June 26, 2020)

The Shine curriculum from Brethren Press is helping congregations provide Christian formation while maintaining social distancing. With the Sunday school landscape changing, most churches will either rely on parents to teach their own children or have teachers host online classes. These new downloadable options from Shine work in conjunction with the fall curriculum and will assist leaders by supplying useful resources to accommodate multiple formats and class settings. Read more »

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