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Standing Committee agrees to new process for its deliberations this year, recommends adoption of new business items from Brethren Benefit Trust (June 26, 2017)

The Standing Committee of district delegates has begun its work ahead of the 2017 Annual Conference. Standing Committee meetings began Sunday evening, June 25, in Grand Rapids, Mich., and continue through Wednesday morning, June 28. The meetings are presided over by Annual Conference moderator Carol Scheppard, with moderator-elect Samuel Sarpiya and Conference secretary James Beckwith. Read more »

Newsline Special: Updates from Global Mission and Service (June 22, 2017)

UPDATES FROM GLOBAL MISSION AND SERVICE 1) Brethren compound in South Sudan is looted by security forces 2) Linda and Robert Shank to stay in the US for the summer Read more »

The denomination’s spiritual directors hold annual retreat (June 17, 2017)

Each May, spiritual directors from throughout the Church of the Brethren meet for an annual retreat and continuing education. Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry and Retreat Center in Sharpsburg, Md., provides a beautiful and quiet setting for this event, which includes opportunities for worship, prayer, silence, creative expression, peer supervision, and keynote presentations. Read more »

EYN loses five church members in Boko Haram attack (June 17, 2017)

Five members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) were killed in a recent Boko Haram attack in Adamawa State. Reporting the incident happened in a no-network area of Adamawa State, EYN district church secretary Mildlu Rev. Bitrus Kabu said Wakara Village was attacked from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 8. Read more »

Stop the violence, end the famine (June 17, 2017)

It now seems undeniable that famines in our global world are directly related to war and violence. A famine is usually the intersection of deep political, racial, or social injustices compounding food insecurity, malnutrition, and drought found in at-risk communities. If we mix in war and uncontained violence, humanitarian response actors can’t respond and the crisis is elevated to a famine. Read more »

Brethren bits for June 17, 2017 (June 17, 2017)

In this issue: Job openings, church anniversaries, news from districts, new Springs Academy for laity, opposition to proposed federal budget cuts, a new Brethren hymn for Father’s Day, Chibok schoolgirls graduate from high school in the United States, and more. Read more »

Newsline for June 17, 2017 (June 17, 2017)

NEWS 1) Stop the violence, end the famine 2) The denomination’s spiritual directors hold annual retreat 3) Brethren join Heifer for earthquake reconstruction in Nepal 4) Global Mission worker carries out ministry of presence in Vietnam 5) EYN loses five church members in Boko Haram attack 6) Brethren bits Read more »

Global Mission worker carries out ministry of presence in Vietnam (June 16, 2017)

The life of this program volunteer: a ministry of presence means being with a family when they find out, “Indeed, your infant is blind.” Read more »

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