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Newsline for June 24, 2015 (June 24, 2015)

1) Junior high conference helps youth address change, while keeping a focus on God. 2) Lightsabers and communicating with junior highs: An interview with Bethany dean Steve Schweitzer. 3) Work/learning group makes trip to South Sudan. 4) Fahrney-Keedy announces appointment of Stephen Coetzee as president/CEO. 5) Brethren bits Read more »


Work/learning group makes trip to South Sudan (June 24, 2015)

South Sudan has experienced nearly continuous war since 1955. Although a peace accord was signed between North Sudan and South Sudan in 2005, the people of South Sudan have continued to suffer under ineffective South Sudanese government, lingering military engagement with North Sudan, and tribal conflicts. Read more »


Junior high conference helps youth address change, while keeping a focus on God (June 24, 2015)

An acorn. Small, ordinary, even insignificant. Yet that small seed transforms into a massive, rooted, solid oak tree. Read more »


Brethren bits for June 24, 2015 (June 24, 2015)

In this issue: EYN Women’s Fellowship Choir and BEST begin summer tour, media covers tour, Office of Public Witness holds lunch with choir in DC, BHLA interns change up, new warehouse assistant for New Windsor, Beacon Heights pastor in NY Times, On Earth Peace developing work for racial justice, and more. Read more »


Tour schedule for EYN Women’s Fellowship Choir and BEST (June 24, 2015)

A Women’s Fellowship (ZME) Choir and BEST group from Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) will tour the US this summer, June 22-July 15, 2015. Some 60 Nigerian Brethren women and men are expected. Read more »


Lightsabers and communicating with junior highs: An interview with Bethany dean Steve Schweitzer (June 24, 2015)

When pondering the best tools to use to communicate with junior high youth, lightsabers may not appear on the top of the list. However, according to Bethany Theological Seminary academic dean and professor Steve Schweitzer, they may have their place. Read more »


Church of the Brethren sends letter of condolence to African Methodist Episcopal Church (June 18, 2015)

A letter from the Church of the Brethren, signed by general secretary Stan Noffsinger and Intercultural Ministry director Gimbiya Kettering, has been sent to members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The letter shares condolence, in response to the shooting there Wednesday, June17, which has been characterized as a hate crime. Read more »


National Junior High Conference worship will be webcast (June 17, 2015)

Worship services at the National Junior High Conference taking place this weekend at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College will be webcast. The conference is offered by the Church of the Brethren Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Junior high youth from across the denomination will gather the weekend of June 19-21 for a faith formation experience that will include worship, fellowship, workshops, recreation, and more. Link to the webcasts at https://livestream.com/livingstreamcob/NJHC2015 . Read more »


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