2018 News


NOAC planning committee unveils 2019 logo (November 16, 2018)

Planners of the 2019 Church of the Brethren National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) have unveiled the logo for the event, highlighting the conference theme, “Reaching … across generations, beyond differences, through conflict … into joy,” based on Romans 15:7. Read more »


Workcamp Office announces 2019 summer schedule (November 16, 2018)

The Church of the Brethren Workcamp Office has released dates and locations for the 2019 workcamp schedule. A total of 18 different workcamps will be offered for junior high, senior high, young adult, and “We Are Able” participants. Read more »


Conference examines Native American boarding school history (November 16, 2018)

The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition on Oct. 2-3 held their first-ever boarding school healing conference, called “The Spirit Survives: A National Movement Toward Healing.” Read more »


Brethren bits for November 16, 2018 (November 16, 2018)

In this issue: Remembrance, personnel, Brethren Historical Committee, Action Alert, district conferences and news, workshops, recognitions, “Brethren Voices,” and more. Read more »


Haiti Medical Project makes progress on pure water program (November 16, 2018)

The efforts of the Church of the Brethren’s Haiti Medical Project (HMP) to provide pure water to 20 communities via two dozen projects by the end of 2020 are taking root. Read more »


Newsline for November 16, 2018 (November 16, 2018)

NEWS 1) Fire likely destroys Paradise (Calif.) congregation 2) SVMC celebrates its silver anniversary 3) Haiti Medical Project makes progress on pure water program 4) Conference examines Native American boarding school history PERSONNEL 5) Office of Ministry seeks program manager for new initiative UPCOMING EVENTS 6) Workcamp Office announces 2019 summer schedule 7) NOAC planning committee unveils 2019 logo RESOURCES 8) Brethren Academy offers “Christianity in the Early-Modern and Modern Worlds” 9) Brethren bits Read more »


Office of Ministry seeks program manager for new initiative (November 16, 2018)

The Office of Ministry is seeking a part-time program manager for the Lilly Endowment, Inc.-funded program “Part-Time Pastor; Full-Time Church.” The program manager will work with an advisory committee to implement this new program initiative that addresses the practical needs of multivocational ministers in the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Fire likely destroys Paradise congregation (November 12, 2018)

Paradise (Calif.) Community Church of the Brethren, located about 15 miles east of Chico in the northern part of the state, is assumed to be destroyed, along with its parsonage. Read more »


SVMC celebrates its silver anniversary (November 8, 2018)

The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC) celebrated its 25th anniversary Nov. 3 at Chambersburg (Pa.) Church of the Brethren Read more »


Three new grants support disaster recovery, farming efforts (November 2, 2018)

Church of the Brethren funds will aid projects in Honduras, Indonesia, and Haiti, responding to disasters and assisting training for farmers. Read more »


Western Pennsylvania District adopts “Resolution on Biblical Marriage” (November 2, 2018)

Western Pennsylvania became the latest district to pass a policy on same-sex weddings and related issues as delegates gave overwhelming support to a measure while meeting Oct. 20 at Camp Harmony (Hooversville, Pa.). Read more »


Newsline for November 2, 2018 (November 2, 2018)

NEWS 1) Three new grants support disaster recovery, farming efforts 2) Elizabethtown College re-opens expanded Young Center 3) Manchester’s new Intercultural Center offers unique space 4) Western Pennsylvania District adopts “Resolution on Biblical Marriage” PERSONNEL 5) Gail Connerley named executive director of institutional advancement at Bethany 6) Bethany seeks faculty position in Ministry Formation UPCOMING EVENTS 7) Brethren Academy offers “Race and the Congregation” course 8) Brethren bits Read more »


Elizabethtown College re-opens expanded Young Center (November 2, 2018)

Elizabethtown (Pa.) College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies officially re-opened on Oct. 20 following a $2 million renovation and expansion Read more »


Brethren bits for November 2, 2018 (November 2, 2018)

In this issue: Correction, vigils for shooting victims, BDM and CDS update, remembrances, anniversary, congregational and district news, evangelism conference, Outdoor Ministries Association, job opening, and more. Read more »


Manchester’s new Intercultural Center offers unique space (November 2, 2018)

Manchester University has created a unique new space for discussions about diversity and inclusion, civic engagement, and civil discourse Read more »


Brethren Academy offers “Race and the Congregation” course (November 1, 2018)

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership will offer a course on “Race and the Congregation” Feb. 21-24 at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Read more »


Newsline Special for Oct. 26, 2018: Fall meeting of the Mission and Ministry Board (October 26, 2018)

NEWS 1) Denominational board holds Fall meeting, adopts 2019 budget, hears from SCN delegation 2) Thriving in Ministry Initiative JOB OPENING 3) Church of the Brethren seeks director for Brethren Volunteer Service Read more »


Denominational board holds Fall meeting, adopts 2019 budget, hears from SCN delegation (October 26, 2018)

The Mission and Ministry Board adopted a budget for Church of the Brethren ministries in 2019, received news of a large grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry, and participated in a Compelling Vision Process session, among other agenda at the fall meeting Oct. 19-22. Read more »


Thriving in Ministry Initiative (October 22, 2018)

The Church of the Brethren has received a grant of $994,683 to help establish its Part-Time Pastor; Full-Time Church program. It is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries responds to Hurricane Michael, other needs (October 19, 2018)

Brethren Disaster Ministries and Children's Disaster Services work in Florida, North Carolina, Haiti, Texas, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico Read more »


Brethren bits for October 19, 2018 (October 19, 2018)

In this issue: Remembrances, BVS project need, congregational and district news and events, Clergy Women’s Retreat, tax seminar, and more. Read more »


Newsline for October 19, 2018 (October 19, 2018)

NEWS 1) Brethren Disaster Ministries responds to Hurricane Michael, other needs 2) Atlantic Northeast District rejects “Policy on Same-Sex Marriage” 3) On Earth Peace board meets, addresses anti-racism initiatives 4) Bethany welcomes nine new students this fall PERSONNEL 5) Church of the Brethren seeks Mission Advancement Advocate UPCOMING EVENTS 6) Mission and Ministry Board gathers for fall meeting 7) Brethren bits Read more »


Bethany welcomes nine new students this fall (October 19, 2018)

When fall semester classes at Bethany Theological Seminary (Richmond, Ind.) began on Aug. 30, nine new students joined the seminary community. Four are entering the Master of Divinity program, two are entering the Master of Arts program, and three are pursuing a Certificate in Theopoetics and Theological Imagination. Read more »


Mission and Ministry Board gathers for fall meeting (October 19, 2018)

The Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board (MMB) holds its fall meeting in Elgin, Ill., this weekend. Read more »


Atlantic Northeast District rejects "Policy on Same-Sex Marriage" (October 18, 2018)

A proposed “Policy on Same-Sex Marriage” in Atlantic Northeast District did not receive the two-thirds majority necessary to pass as delegates met at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College Oct. 5-6. Read more »


Church of the Brethren seeks Mission Advancement Advocate (October 16, 2018)

The Church of the Brethren is seeking a Mission Advancement Advocate. Major responsibilities include strengthening and nurturing the individual and congregational stewardship, direct gift, planned-giving, and enlistment programs of the Church of the Brethren through face-to-face visits with individuals and congregations and individuals. Read more »


Brethren bits for October 5, 2018 (October 5, 2018)

In this issue: Remembrance, personnel notes, district conference dates, anniversaries, disaster ministries, Nobel Prize, coming events, camp and college news, and more. Read more »


Districts consider policies on same-sex marriage (October 5, 2018)

Items on same-sex marriage are receiving attention at several district conferences this fall, with agenda items seeking to formalize district policies following the actions of the 2017 Annual Conference that affirmed the role of districts in handling manners of ministerial conduct. Read more »


Newsline for October 5, 2018 (October 5, 2018)

NEWS 1) Districts consider policies on same-sex marriage 2) Annual Conference announces preachers, worship leadership for 2019 3) Emergency Disaster Fund grants aid work in Nigeria, Iowa 4) Global Food Initiative grants benefit wide range of projects PERSONNEL 5) Church of the Brethren seeks Manager of Buildings and Grounds UPCOMING EVENTS 6) Christian Citizenship Seminar will focus on “Creative Solutions” 7) November opportunities help to honor Native American Heritage Month 8) Brethren bits Read more »


November opportunities help to honor Native American Heritage Month (October 5, 2018)

A variety of resources and a weekly call through November will provide ways for “Continuing Together the Conversation” and honoring Native American Heritage Month. Read more »


Emergency Disaster Fund grants aid work in Nigeria, Iowa (October 4, 2018)

The Church of the Brethren Emergency Disaster Fund has issued a major grant for the Nigeria Crisis Response and a smaller one to assist with tornado recovery efforts in Iowa. Read more »


Church of the Brethren seeks Manager of Buildings and Grounds (October 4, 2018)

The Church of the Brethren Inc. has announced an opening for Manager of Buildings and Grounds at the General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Read more »


Annual Conference announces preachers, worship leadership for 2019 (October 4, 2018)

The Church of the Brethren Annual Conference Office has announced speakers and other worship leadership for the 2019 Annual Conference, which will take place July 3-7 in Greensboro, North Carolina, with the theme “Proclaim Christ: Reclaim Passion.” Read more »


Christian Citizenship Seminar will focus on “Creative Solutions” (October 4, 2018)

The Church of the Brethren 2019 Christian Citizenship Seminar will be held April 27-May 2 in New York and Washington, D.C., with the theme “Creative Solutions to Violent Conflict Worldwide.” Read more »


Global Food Initiative grants benefit wide range of projects (October 4, 2018)

The Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Initiative (GFI) fund has made recent grants to projects in the US, the Caribbean, Africa, and Latin America, totaling more than $42,000 in aid. Read more »


Newsline for Sept. 21, 2018 (September 22, 2018)

NEWS 1) Brethren Disaster Ministries begins Hurricane Florence response 2) Brethren Volunteer Service units 319, 320 hold orientation 3) Church of the Brethren workcamps announce 2019 theme 4) Camp Swatara celebrates 75 years of ministry PERSONNEL 5) Church of the Brethren seeks director of Brethren Volunteer Service RESOURCES 6) Online mutual support proposed for young women in ministry 7) Fall “Ventures” courses to focus on trauma informed care 8) Brethren bits Read more »


Church of the Brethren seeks director of Brethren Volunteer Service (September 21, 2018)

The Church of the Brethren is seeking an individual to fill the full-time salaried position of director of Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS). Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries begins Hurricane Florence response (September 21, 2018)

Brethren Disaster Ministries (BDM) and its associated programs have monitored Hurricane Florence’s advance toward the United States and begun response efforts following the hurricane’s landfall on the North Carolina coast. Read more »


Online mutual support proposed for young women in ministry (September 21, 2018)

On behalf of the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry, Amy Ritchie—a spiritual director and former Bethany Theological Seminary staff—has extended an invitation to women in ministry, ages 25-40, for a monthly virtual gathering. Read more »


Brethren Bits for Sept. 21, 2018 (September 21, 2018)

In this issue: Personnel notes, book signing, Peace Day, Election Day, webinar, anniversaries, district news, college news, and more news for, by, and about Brethren. Read more »


Fall “Ventures” courses to focus on trauma informed care (September 21, 2018)

October and November course offerings from the “Ventures in Christian Discipleship” program at McPherson (Kan.) College will be a series on trauma informed care. Read more »


Church of the Brethren workcamps announce 2019 theme (September 21, 2018)

Inspired by 2 Peter 1:5-8 (The Message), the theme for the 2019 Church of the Brethren workcamp season is “Grow.” This theme focuses on complementing basic faith with qualities that encourage steady and active growth. Read more »


Brethren Volunteer Service units 319, 320 hold orientation (September 19, 2018)

Two Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) units held orientation over the summer and have begun their service at project locations across the country and around the world. Read more »


Camp Swatara celebrates 75 years of ministry (September 14, 2018)

Camp Swatara celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2018 with a full year of special events and programs on the theme “Tell the Story: 75 Years at the Base of Blue Mountain.” Read more »


Newsline for September 7, 2018 (September 8, 2018)

NEWS 1) Samuel Dali joins Bethany seminary community 2) Atlantic Northeast District issues response to Elizabethtown church PERSONNEL 3) Camp Harmony seeks executive director RESOURCES 4) Brethren Academy announces upcoming courses 5) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren Bits for Sept. 7, 2018 (September 7, 2018)

In this issue: Corrections, Remembering Matthew Meyer and Laura Abernathy, anniversaries, Brethren college news, Election Day love feast, district conferences, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Atlantic Northeast District issues response to Elizabethtown church request (September 7, 2018)

Atlantic Northeast District has issued a response to a letter from the Elizabethtown (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, as reported in the Aug. 24 Newsline Read more »


Samuel Dali joins Bethany seminary community (September 7, 2018)

Samuel Dante Dali of Nigeria is serving as current international scholar in residence at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind. Read more »


Newsline for August 24, 2018 (August 25, 2018)

NEWS 1) Sixth Brethren World Assembly examines ‘Crosscurrents’ of Brethren movement 2) Emergency Disaster Fund grants aid children in border region, Middle East 3) District conversations begin as part of Compelling Vision process 4) Foods Resource Bank announces new name, leadership 5) Elizabethtown requests Atlantic Northeast District withdraw “Same-Gender Marriage” proposal REFLECTIONS 6) Returning to a wounded but healing Nigeria 7) Brethren bits Read more »


Reflection: Returning to a wounded but healing Nigeria (August 24, 2018)

Kucheli Shankster Beecham reflects on a recent visit to camps for Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria Read more »


Sixth Brethren World Assembly examines ‘Crosscurrents’ of Brethren movement (August 24, 2018)

The Sixth Brethren World Assembly happened Aug. 9-12 at Winona Lake (Ind.) Grace Brethren Church. It was sponsored by the Brethren Encyclopedia Foundation with the theme “Brethren Intersections: History, Identity, Crosscurrents.” The event, held every five years, gathers Brethren from various denominations tracing back to the original 1708 group in Germany. Read more »


District conversations begin as part of Compelling Vision process (August 24, 2018)

Shaped by the conversations that took place at Annual Conference, the Compelling Vision Process Team has designed a two-hour event to engage members in deeper conversation around God’s call for us as a church. Read more »


Brethren bits for Aug. 24, 2018 (August 24, 2018)

In this issue: Remembering Sue Cushen Snyder, job openings, Dunker Church, district events, Brethren college news, anniversaries, immigration statement, safe church grants, and more. Read more »


Foods Resource Bank announces new name, leadership (August 24, 2018)

FRB announced that a new name, Growing Hope Worldwide, will go into effect Oct. 1. The new name emphasizes the organization's goal to “plant seeds of hope for generations to come.” Max Finberg will be the new president/CEO. Read more »


Emergency Disaster Fund grants assist children (August 23, 2018)

The Church of the Brethren Emergency Disaster Fund has made several recent allocations, supporting efforts on the Texas border and refugee work in the Middle East. Read more »


Elizabethtown requests Atlantic Northeast District withdraw "Same-Gender Marriage" proposal  (August 23, 2018)

The Elizabethtown (Pa.) Church of the Brethren board has responded to the passage of “Policy on Same-Gender Marriage” by the Atlantic Northeast District board, “respectfully requesting” the board to withdraw the item from consideration at this year’s district conference. Read more »


Newsline for August 17, 2018 (August 18, 2018)

NEWS 1) Fire narrowly misses Camp Peaceful Pines in California 2) Global Food Initiative grants sow seeds 3) Bethany Theological Seminary unveils new branding PERSONNEL 4) Kendal Elmore announces retirement as West Marva District executive 5) Lisa Crouch is hired as Associate Director, Children’s Disaster Services 6) Shaye Isaacs resigns as executive assistant to president at Bethany 7) Bethany Theological Seminary seeks executive assistant to the president 8) Virlina District seeks associate district executive RESOURCES 9) Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership offers fall courses 10) Brethren bits: Annual Conference, Global Mission, action alert, refugee resettlement, media, anniversaries, fundraisers, and more. Read more »


Brethren bits for Aug. 17, 2018 (August 17, 2018)

Annual Conference officer meetings, Rwanda missionaries, Action Alert, #Welcome75k, "Welcoming the Stranger: A Call for Just Immigration Reform", DunkerPunks podcast, "Brethren Voices," fall curriculum from Brethren Press, Bridgewater College recognition, news from local churches, COBYS Bike and Hike Read more »


Fire misses Camp Peaceful Pines (August 17, 2018)

Camp Peaceful Pines in Pacific Southwest District is still standing after a close call with a wildfire this week. Read more »


Elmore retires as West Marva District executive (August 17, 2018)

Kendal Elmore has announced his retirement as district executive minister of West Marva District effective Aug. 31 Read more »


Global Food Initiative grants sow seeds (August 14, 2018)

Over $36,000 in grants this summer have aided US community garden projects, an agriculture conference in Haiti, an educational initiative in Nigeria, and hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico Read more »


Next Nigeria workcamp is scheduled for November (August 2, 2018)

Dates for the next workcamp in Nigeria are Nov. 2-19, sponsored by the Church of the Brethren Global Mission and Service. American Brethren and others who are interested in joining in a workcamp with members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) are invited to consider this opportunity. Read more »


NYC by the numbers (August 2, 2018)

In the end, National Youth Conference 2018 is defined by the numbers--how many individuals were involved, and how many others will be helped by this conference. But of course, much of the NYC impact can't be measured by numbers. Read more »


Brethren bits for Aug. 2, 2018 (August 2, 2018)

In this issue: Personnel notes, BVS Unit 319, theme for Peace Day 2018, church anniversaries, Manchester University coaches accompany workcamp to New York, new CWS CROP Hunger Walk worship resources, and more new by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Newsline for Aug. 2, 2018 (August 2, 2018)

NYC 2018 1) National Youth Conference coverage is online 2) NYC by the numbers NEWS 3) CDS helps care for immigrant children and families on the border 4) Prince of Peace hears first-hand experience of Manzanar 5) ‘Our Boys and Girls’ antique quilt blocks displayed at Annual Conference PERSONNEL 6) Mark Flory Steury retires as donor relations representative for the denomination 7) Karen Duhai is new director of Student Development at Bethany Seminary UPCOMING EVENTS 8) Next Nigeria workcamp is scheduled for November 9) Brethren bits Read more »


‘Our Boys and Girls’ antique quilt blocks displayed at Annual Conference (August 1, 2018)

The Association for the Arts in the Church of the Brethren, in cooperation with the Brethren Heritage Center in Ohio, has highlighted quilt block patterns featured in the Dec. 7, 1929, issue of the Brethren youth magazine of the time, “Our Boys and Girls.” Read more »


Deep dive: Playing hooky from NYC (August 1, 2018)

Like most Brethren, my deep Dunker guilt means I keep my nose to the grindstone long after the job is done. I always feel like I haven’t done enough to deserve my good fortune, so I work and work and work. But I have never regretted those rare occasions when I give myself permission to play hooky. Read more »


Prince of Peace hears first-hand experience of Manzanar (August 1, 2018)

All they could take was one suitcase and what they could wear. That is what President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 told Japanese and Japanese-Americans who were living on the west coast after the attack on Pearl Harbor, in 1942. They reported to relocation camps with only one week’s notice. Read more »


EYN national youth group leader observes National Youth Conference (August 1, 2018)

Elisha Shavah attended National Youth Conference in Fort Collins, Colo., as an international guest and an observer from Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Back home he is an accountant by profession at a private company specializing in irrigation and hydropower. He also is national chairman of Kungiyan Bishara EYN, which translates to the “Gospel Team” of the church in Nigeria, part of the work of EYN’s national youth ministry. Read more »


Mark Flory Steury retires as donor relations representative for the denomination (August 1, 2018)

Mark Flory Steury will retire as donor relations representative for the Church of the Brethren effective Aug. 31. He has worked as part of the Mission Advancement team at the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill., and remotely from Bridgewater, Va. Read more »


CDS helps care for immigrant children and families on the border (July 31, 2018)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) over this past weekend sent a team of volunteers to work at the Catholic Charities Rio Grande Valley Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. In the first two days, the team served more than 150 children. Read more »


Today at NYC - Thursday, July 26, 2018 (July 26, 2018)

A view of the closing morning of National Youth Conference 2018 Read more »


A Dunker connection (July 26, 2018)

There’s an unusual connection between the Brethren Press apparel at National Youth Conference, a recipe for chocolate cake, and a 93-year-old woman in Fort Collins, Colo. Read more »


Today at NYC - Wednesday, July 25, 2018 (July 25, 2018)

A brief review of some of the days events at NYC Read more »


Deep dive: National Youth Cabinet loves contributing to NYC  (July 25, 2018)

Six youth and two advisors from across the denomination came together for a year and a half of meetings and brainstorming sessions before finally arriving at Fort Collins, Colo., for National Youth Conference (NYC). Each member was recommended for the job of working with Kelsey Murray, NYC coordinator, and Becky Ullom Naugle, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, to create NYC. Read more »


Deep dive: NYC small groups explore ideas, broaden their faith together (July 25, 2018)

The small group experience at National Youth Conference (NYC) felt similar to Sunday school for Aubrey, a youth participant from Maryland. Her small group was a setting that encouraged everyone to contribute to the discussions as they wished. Read more »


Today at NYC - Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (July 24, 2018)

Reviewing the day at National Youth Conference, including quotes from worship speakers, and a "Top 12" important things learned at NYC. Read more »


Today at NYC - Monday, July 23, 2018 (July 23, 2018)

A glimpse of the day at National Youth Conference Read more »


Today at NYC - Sunday, July 22, 2018 (July 22, 2018)

An overview of some of the many events at the Church of the Brethren National Youth Conference on Sunday, July 22. Read more »


Top 10 ‘You know you’re Brethren if...’ (July 22, 2018)

Top 10 ‘You know you’re Brethren if...’ from the Church of the Brethren's National Youth Conference (NYC) 2018 Read more »


Eat. Pray. Love. (July 22, 2018)

At least one person listened to Jeff Carter’s sermon. I can guarantee it. Read more »


Creative ‘Brethren Block Party’ is filled with fun (July 22, 2018)

When a Viking, an Egyptian king, and a flamingo get together to eat ice cream, toss a chicken, and test their geography skills, National Youth Conference organizers call it a success. Read more »


Deep dive: Finding God’s Spirit moving among the nations  (July 22, 2018)

Sisters Julia and Marina Moneta Facini travelled from São Paulo, Brazil, to attend National Youth Conference. They were two of six international participants who were able to get visas to attend the conference through the Church of the Brethren Global Mission and Service. Read more »


Top 10 first impressions of National Youth Conference (July 22, 2018)

Top 10 first impressions of National Youth Conference Read more »


Today at NYC - Saturday, July 21, 2018 (July 21, 2018)

A glimpse of the opening day of National Youth Conference (NYC) 2018, the every-four-years conference for Church of the Brethren youth. Read more »


Waiting for the bus(es) (July 21, 2018)

In the morning, there is the calm before the storm. Everyone is hard at work--staff, youth workers, volunteers--but there are only a few precious hours before the youth arrive. Their buses are being loaded somewhere two, three, five hours away. Or perhaps they have been on buses for one, two, or more days. Some are walking through airport security now, some are preparing for their first flights. Experienced travelers are mixed together with the homesick, who may be leaving home for the first time. Read more »


Newsline for July 14, 2018 (July 14, 2018)

ANNUAL CONFERENCE OVERVIEW 1) Task of seeking a ‘compelling vision’ is begun with conversation among Conference-goers 2) Delegates affirm the ecumenical and interfaith work of the church 3) ‘Creation Care: Faith into Action’ recommendations are adopted 4) Conference adopts new vision for a global Church of the Brethren 5) ‘Vitality and Viability’ report focuses on providing resources for renewed vitality 6) Changes to the Church of the Brethren bylaws are approved, among other business 7) Paul Mundey to serve as moderator-elect of Annual Conference, among other elections and appointments 8) Standing Committee discusses Michigan District situation 9) Annual Conference welcomes new projects, fellowships, and congregations 10) ‘Witness to the Host City’ aids women in rehabilitation treatment, and their children 11) Annual Conference by the numbers, and more from Cincinnati NEWS 12) Vietnam initiative focuses on babies with Retinopathy of Prematurity 13) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for July 14, 2018 (July 14, 2018)

In this issue: Remembrance, personnel notes, job openings, Camp Swatara’s 75th anniversary, Pinecrest Community’s 125th anniversary, Indian Creek’s new Peace Pole, World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel, “Playback Social Entrepreneurs®,” Brethren author new book “September Mourn: The Dunker church of Antietam Battlefield,” and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Vietnam initiative focuses on babies with Retinopathy of Prematurity (July 9, 2018)

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Dec. 10, 2015: Global Mission and Service worker Grace Mishler receives an urgent email from the American Eye Center medical director: “We need your help to find donors.... Within 10 days Baby Hoa will go blind with Retinopathy of Prematurity. Baby needs immediate surgery.” Read more »


A road to freedom (July 8, 2018)

In downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, there is a museum dedicated to the Underground Railroad and slavery in the United States. As soon as I began viewing the first part of the exhibit, I was overcome with emotion, seeing the portrayals of men bound in chains staring down the barrel of a gun. My eyes filled with tears. Read more »


Today in Cincinnati - Sunday, July 8, 2018 (July 8, 2018)

A brief overview of the final day of the 2018 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Annual Conference by the numbers, and more from Cincinnati (July 8, 2018)

Where to find more online coverage on the 2018 Annual Conference, Conference “by the numbers,” “The Not-so-big Church” video report, Bethany’s new logo, Revelation 7:9 Award, Open Roof congregations, international guests, 5K top finishers, clergywomen’s retreat, more. Read more »


‘Vitality and Viability’ report focuses on providing resources for renewed vitality (July 7, 2018)

The report titled “Vitality and Viability” and its recommendations were adopted by the 2018 Annual Conference. The study committee that brought this report was formed to address concerns raised at the 2015 Annual Conference, which returned a query about district structure but assigned to this committee the broader topic of viability within congregations, districts, and the denomination. Read more »


Today in Cincinnati - Saturday, July 7, 2018 (July 7, 2018)

A review of some of the events of the day at the 2018 Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Read more »


Conference adopts new vision for a global Church of the Brethren (July 7, 2018)

Annual Conference on July 7 adopted the paper, “Vision for a Global Church of the Brethren.” This document was brought by the Mission and Ministry Board at the initiative of staff of Global Mission and Service, and has been in process for some time. Those involved in its development include the Mission Advisory Committee and church leaders from several countries. Read more »


‘Creation Care: Faith into Action’ recommendations are adopted (July 7, 2018)

In 2016, a Creation Care study committee was authorized in response to a query on continuing the study of our Christian responsibility to care for God’s creation. Their report, titled “Creation Care: Faith into Action,” includes a list of recommendations that have been adopted by the 2018 Annual Conference. Read more »


Changes to the Church of the Brethren bylaws are approved, among other business (July 7, 2018)

Amendments to the bylaws of the Church of the Brethren and two business items originally brought by Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) in 2017--and then deferred for a year--were approved by the 2018 Annual Conference. Also approved were business items related to the Pastoral Compensation and Benefits Advisory Committee. A proposal for a denominational leadership gathering was turned down. Read more »


‘Poetry is something you discover’ (July 7, 2018)

As Wendy McFadden introduced the session “Poetry: Read It. Write It,” she remarked that it is the first or only insight session on the specific topic of poetry that she is aware of in her history with Annual Conference. If that is the case, Ken Gibble stepped up to the plate. Read more »


‘Witness to the Host City’ aids women in rehabilitation treatment, and their children (July 6, 2018)

Witness to the Host City is an acknowledgment each year in which Annual Conference comes together to give back to a special organization in the host city. This year’s recipient is First Step Home, a women’s rehabilitation facility that allows women to receive treatment while still having custody of their children. Read more »


Delegates affirm the ecumenical and interfaith work of the church (July 6, 2018)

The 2018 Conference approved “Vision of Ecumenism for the 21st Century,” and in doing so reaffirmed the historical identity of the Church of the Brethren as a denomination active in ecumenical work and in relationship with other Christian bodies. The paper also calls the church to build and nurture positive interfaith relationships. Read more »