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Wenatchee wildfire affects Pacific Northwest Brethren (July 2, 2015)

Brethren Disaster Ministries reports that a wildfire on the outskirts of Wenatchee, Wash., has destroyed 24 homes and 4 businesses. No lives have been lost. “We need and appreciate your prayers for my home town,” said Colleen Michael, executive minister of the Church of the Brethren’s Pacific Northwest District. Read more »

AME bishops issue alert after seventh church fire since Charleston shootings (July 2, 2015)

The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church bishops have issued an alert after an AME church became the seventh predominantly black church to suffer a fire since the shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., two weeks ago. Through a release issued by the National Council of Churches, the AME Church shared information about an interfaith call to action that its bishops were to issue yesterday in New Orleans, La. Read more »

Brethren bits for July 2, 2015 (July 2, 2015)

In this issue: Correction, Nigerian tour is a big hit, Workcamp Ministry names assistant coordinators for 2015-16, Connie Bohn joins staff at Zigler Hospitality Center, Monica Rice takes on new duties at Bethany Seminary, three job openings at Brethren Disaster Ministries, Southeastern District seeks director for School of Spiritual Learning, 32nd World Hunger Auction, Black Rock VBS gives to Haiti Medical Project, project supports On Earth Peace in honor of Chuck Boyer, and more. Read more »

Brethren Disaster Ministries directs $70,500 in EDF grants to Burundi refugee crisis (July 2, 2015)

Brethren Disaster Ministries has directed another two grants from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) totaling $70,500 to the Burundi refugee crisis, in addition to a grant of $11,500 that was made in June. Read more »

Dominican Brethren receive support for effort to naturalize Haitian members (July 2, 2015)

Brethren Disaster Ministries has directed a grant of up to $8,000 from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) supporting the work of Iglesia de los Hermanos (the Church of the Brethren in the Dominican Republic) to assist the naturalization of ethnic Haitians living in the DR. This grant is in addition to funding of $6,500 from the budget of Global Mission and Service, for a total of up to $14,500. Read more »

Thomas Dowdy to speak at Congregational Life Ministries Dinner (July 2, 2015)

There has been a change of the speaker and topic for the Congregational Life Ministries Dinner at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in Tampa, Fla. Thomas Dowdy, an African American pastor serving at Imperial Heights Church of the Brethren in Los Angeles, Calif., will speak on the topic “Keeping the Faith, Acting in Faith,” Read more »

Webinar ‘Healthy Boundaries 201' meets requirements for ordination review (July 2, 2015)

A webinar from the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership titled “Health Boundaries 201 and Ethics in Ministry Relations Training” will offer ordained ministers another opportunity to complete requirements for ministerial ethics training for the 2015 ordination review. The webcast is scheduled for Aug. 15, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern time), with a break for lunch. Read more »

Mission 21 adopts resolution on Nigeria crisis (July 2, 2015)

The Mission 21 assembly unanimously approved a resolution on June 12 clearly condemning terror by Boko Haram, reaffirming the obligation of Christian organizations to assist the people of Nigeria, and making a point to state that the support and aid should benefit all people in Nigeria--Christians as well as Muslims. Read more »

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