2018 News


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 »


Fire misses Camp Peaceful Pines (August 7, 2018)

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


World War I and the Church of the Brethren (July 6, 2018)

On June 28, 1914, Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated and a month later Europe was plunged in war. As described by Steve Longenecker, Edwin L. Turner Distinguished Professor of History at Bridgewater (Va.) College, it was the first time modern industrial nations engaged in total war involving entire populations and whole industries. Tens of thousands of soldiers died in a single day of fighting. Economies crumbled. Life changed. Read more »


Bethany Seminary unveils new logo, recognizes Tara Hornbacker’s retirement (July 6, 2018)

Bethany Theological Seminary held its annual luncheon July 6 during the 2018 Annual Conference. The event provided opportunity to recognize recent graduates of both the seminary and the Brethren Academy, and a time to fellowship with new and old friends. This year president Jeff Carter gave those gathered a preview of the full report he would give to the delegate body of the Conference that afternoon. Read more »


A BRF leader reflects on how a divided house can stand (July 6, 2018)

Eric Brubaker, a member of the ministry team at Middle Creek Church of the Brethren, admitted his apprehension at wrestling with the ramifications of the assigned topic, “How can a divided house stand?” at an insight session sponsored by the Brethren Revival Fellowship (BRF). In keeping with the Annual Conference theme, “Living Parables,” the selected scripture was Mark 3:20-26. Key verses are 24-26, referring to a kingdom and a house divided, and Satan risen up against himself. Read more »


Task of seeking a ‘compelling vision’ is begun with conversation among Conference-goers (July 6, 2018)

The 2017 Annual Conference set the church to the task of framing a “compelling vision” for how the entire denomination will continue the work of Jesus together, by adopting a recommendation from the Leadership Team and the Council of District Executives. Read more »


Today in Cincinnati - Friday, July 6, 2018 (July 6, 2018)

An overview of some of the events at Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 6. Read more »


Elephants, faith, and focus: Notes from the Almuerzo (July 5, 2018)

The Almuerzo, a Spanish-language lunch event sponsored by Discipleship Ministries (formerly Congregational Life Ministries), took place July 5 during Annual Conference in Cincinnati, gathering 51 people including more than 20 pastors and church planters. Read more »


Today in Cincinnati - Thursday, July 5, 2018 (July 5, 2018)

An overview of some of the events on the 2nd day of the 2018 Annual Conference. Read more »


Brethren Benefit Trust business items are approved (July 5, 2018)

Two business items originally brought by Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) in 2017, which were deferred to the 2018 Annual Conference, have been approved by the delegate body. Read more »


Paul Mundey to serve as moderator-elect of Annual Conference (July 5, 2018)

In election results today, the Annual Conference chose Paul Mundey of Frederick, Md., as moderator-elect. He will serve as moderator-elect for one year, and then in 2020 he will serve as moderator of the Annual Conference. Read more »


Annual Conference welcomes new projects, fellowships, and congregations (July 5, 2018)

Ten new worshiping groups located in six districts across the denomination were welcomed by the 2018 Annual Conference. They include two new congregations, two new fellowships, and six new projects. Read more »


Candlelight vigil prays for separated families (July 4, 2018)

A “Families Belong Together” candlelight vigil sponsored by the Office of Peacebuilding and Policy gathered outside the main doors of the convention center in Cincinnati, where Annual Conference is taking place this week. Read more »


Today in Cincinnati - Wednesday, July 4, 2018 (July 4, 2018)

An overview of the first day of the 2018 Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Read more »


Standing Committee discusses Michigan District situation (July 4, 2018)

Several unusual attempts to open the Standing Committee agenda to new business led to lengthy discussions of a situation in Michigan District and led to action to begin to address “gaps” in the Standing Committee appeals processes. Read more »


Newsline for June 25, 2018 (June 25, 2018)

NEWS 1) Bethany Seminary president takes part in ecumenical meeting with Pope Francis 2) Resilience amidst staggering needs in Nigeria 3) Young Adult Conference: Teaching with our lives 4) Young adult workcamp goes to Burundi 5) Bethany Seminary receives ATS Peer Group Grant RESOURCES 6) ‘Inglenook Desserts,’ Joseph Bible study, children’s Advent devotional now available from Brethren Press 7) Church World Service provides online 'Interfaith Toolkit to End Family Separation' REFLECTIONS 8) Christ on the run 9) ‘The most challenging letters I've ever written’ 10) Brethren bits Read more »


‘Inglenook Desserts,’ Joseph Bible study, children’s Advent devotional now available from Brethren Press (June 25, 2018)

Three new Brethren Press books are now available: “Inglenook Desserts,” the latest in the Inglenook cookbooks series offering recipes from Brethren kitchens; “25 Days to Jesus: A Children’s Advent Devotional written by Christy Waltersdorff and illustrated by Mitch Miller; and “Joseph,” a new Covenant Bible Study written by Eugene F. Roop. Read more »


Brethren bits for June 25, 2018 (June 25, 2018)

In this issue: Job openings, Brethren Service Center partnership with IMA World Health ends, offerings at National Youth Conference, Ministry Summer Service orientation, moderator-elect attends advocacy summit of Churches for Middle East Peace, prayer request for violence and suffering in Yemen, Mission Advancement insight session at Annual Conference, Brethren Disaster Ministries “Meet & Greet” at Annual Conference, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Bethany Seminary president takes part in ecumenical meeting with Pope Francis (June 23, 2018)

Bethany Seminary president Jeff Carter attended World Council of Churches (WCC) biennial meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, June 15-21. He is the Church of the Brethren representative to the WCC Central Committee, a group of 150 people who represent nearly 40 percent of the WCC’s 348 member churches. Read more »


Church World Service provides online 'Interfaith Toolkit to End Family Separation' (June 23, 2018)

Church World Service (CWS) has put together an extensive online resource titled "Interfaith Toolkit to End Family Separation and Keep Families Together." The Church of the Brethren is a member denomination of Church World Service, and partners with CWS through Brethren Disaster Ministries. CWS has worked for decades with refugee resettlement and support for migrants. Read more »


Newsline Special: Call for just immigration reform; Brethren warned of email scam (June 18, 2018)

NEWS 1) Welcoming the stranger: A call for just immigration reform 2) Brethren are warned of email scam Read more »


Brethren are warned of email scam (June 18, 2018)

Scam email messages have been received by some Church of the Brethren members recently, asking for donations to help with refugee resettlement. These are scam messages and should be deleted. Read more »


Welcoming the stranger: A call for just immigration reform (June 18, 2018)

Church of the Brethren general secretary David Steele is recommending to the Church of the Brethren a blogpost from Office of Peacebuilding and Policy associate Victoria Bateman. The post, dated Friday, June 15, reaffirms the longstanding stance of the Church of the Brethren on immigration, outlined in 1982 Annual Conference statement on “Undocumented Persons and Refugees in the United States” ( www.brethren.org/ac/statements/1982refugees.html ), and the biblical basis for extending welcome to refugees and immigrants. Read more »


Business item on delegate representation withdrawn from Annual Conference agenda (June 9, 2018)

The Leadership Team of the Church of the Brethren will be seeking Standing Committee affirmation to withdraw the new business item titled “Change in Delegate Representation at Annual Conference” due to an oversight in process. Read more »


Newsline for June 9, 2018 (June 9, 2018)

NEWS 1) Business item on delegate representation withdrawn from Annual Conference agenda 2) CDS sends new team to respond to Hawaii volcano 3) Nigeria project aims to save records of victims of Boko Haram violence 4) Devastated Nigerian church denomination conducts Interfaith Peace Conference PERSONNEL 5) Kathy Fry-Miller retires from Children’s Disaster Services UPCOMING EVENTS 6) Intercultural Ministries offers ‘Continuing Together’ call series FEATURE 7) ‘I have been meaning to reach out to the Church of the Brethren for 40 years’ 8) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for June 9, 2018 (June 9, 2018)

In this issue: Personnel notes, McPherson College seeks a spiritual life coordinator, Bethany president Jeff Carter to represent the Brethren at World Council of Churches Central Committee, Brethren Disaster Ministries seeks volunteers to go to St. Thomas US Virgin Islands, “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War” exhibit to be at the Brethren Heritage Center, the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine is set for Sunday, June 10, and more. Read more »


‘I have been meaning to reach out to the Church of the Brethren for 40 years’ (June 8, 2018)

From the early 1980s, I have fond memories of the nice young lady asking for volunteers at a small college in western North Carolina. I raised my hand and volunteered to work for hours beside her, and a big draft horse. Little did I know I’d spend several days hand cutting sorghum cane on the steep slopes of a Virginia mountain farm. Read more »


CDS sends new team to respond to Hawaii volcano (June 8, 2018)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has sent a new team to Hawaii to continue the response to the volcanic eruption that was begun by local volunteers Petie Brown and Randy Kawate. The American Red Cross had requested a CDS team to respond on the Big Island of Hawaii. The new team arrived at the Pahoa shelter on Wednesday, June 6. Read more »


Nigeria project aims to save records of victims of Boko Haram violence (June 7, 2018)

The Centre for Caring, Empowerment, and Peace Initiatives (CCEPI) Humanitarian Analysis project tells many stories. Dr. Rebecca S. Dali started the non-governmental organization (NGO) 29 years ago, in 1989 before Boko Haram violence began to plague northern Nigeria. She started CCEPI because she herself experienced hunger, gender-based violence, and extreme poverty growing up. Her passion for those struggling to live in northeast Nigeria led Dali to provide livelihood, trauma healing, protection monitoring, as well as basic food, clothing, and shelter, and most recently re-integration of abducted women into society. Read more »


Kathy Fry-Miller retires from Children’s Disaster Services (May 30, 2018)

Kathy Fry-Miller is retiring as associate director of Children’s Disaster Services (CDS), effective Sept. 13. She began leading CDS on Feb. 1, 2014, working from her home in North Manchester, Ind., and from the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. Read more »


Devastated Nigerian church denomination conducts Interfaith Peace Conference (May 30, 2018)

Devastated church denomination Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has organized a day-long Interfaith Peace Conference in Yola, the state capital of Adamawa State. President of the denomination, Joel S. Billi, spoke at the occasion urged participants from the major religions, Christians and Muslims, to be ambassadors of peace. Read more »


Newsline for May 26, 2018 (May 26, 2018)

ANNUAL CONFERENCE PREVIEW 1) Living parables: A preview of Annual Conference 2018 2) Conference business ranges from changes in delegate representation to a new vision for mission to creation care and more NEWS 3) ‘New and Renew’ conference: Reflections from one participant 4) Children’s Disaster Services volunteers respond to Hawaii eruption 5) Bethany Seminary holds commencement 6) Brethren attend ‘Reclaiming Jesus’ event in nation’s capital 7) Ecumenical delegation visits North Korea PERSONNEL 8) Todd Bauer ends service with BVS as Latin America coordinator 9) Fellowship of Brethren Homes announces leadership transition UPCOMING EVENTS 10) Sixth Brethren World Assembly set for August in Indiana 11) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for May 26, 2018 (May 26, 2018)

In this issue: Remembering John Crumley, personnel notes, job openings, commissioning materials for Workcampers, prayer requested for tensions between Dominicans and Haitians in the DR, new podcasts from Frederick Church of the Brethren and Dunker Punks, Brethren Woods celebrates 60 years, “Farm to Table Dinners” at Shepherd’s Spring, and more. Read more »


Sixth Brethren World Assembly set for August in Indiana (May 25, 2018)

Registrations are now being received for the Sixth Brethren World Assembly, to be held Aug. 9-12 in Winona Lake, Ind. This gathering happens every five years for Brethren groups descended from Alexander Mack in 1708 and it is sponsored by the Brethren Encyclopedia, Inc. Read more »


Todd Bauer ends service with BVS as Latin America coordinator (May 25, 2018)

Todd Bauer’s contract with Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) as Latin America coordinator will come to an end at the end of May. BVS is reevaluating how it coordinates its work in Latin America in light of lower numbers and tightening budgets. Bauer has served in the position for nearly 11 years. Read more »


Living parables: A preview of Annual Conference 2018 (May 25, 2018)

Annual Conference 2018 takes place at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 4-8. The theme is “Living Parables” (Matthew 9:35-38). Online registration is open through June 11 at www.brethren.org/ac . After that date, registration will take place onsite in Cincinnati, at an increased cost. Read more »


‘New and Renew’ conference: Reflections from one participant (May 25, 2018)

On May 17-19, with a pre-conference worship service on May 16, people from across the country met at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., to worship and renew. The event was “New and Renew: Revitalize, Plant, Grow,” the Church of the Brethren’s church planting and church development conference for 2018. The event was sponsored and organized by the Discipleship Ministries (formerly Congregational Life Ministries) of the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Brethren attend ‘Reclaiming Jesus’ event in nation’s capital (May 25, 2018)

More than half a dozen Brethren attended the major “Reclaiming Jesus” witness event held at National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C., on May 24. The event, organized by a variety of progressive-leaning Christian leaders, was centered around a series of declarations against lying, misogyny, authoritarianism, xenophobia, and other issues that recently have dominated cultural discourse. Read more »


Fellowship of Brethren Homes announces leadership transition (May 25, 2018)

Leadership of the Fellowship of Brethren Homes is in transition following the resignation of executive director Ralph McFadden, who resigned earlier this year. McFadden had been staying on until a successor was found. The fellowship in mid-May announced that Dave Lawrenz, who recently retired from leadership of Timbercrest, a Church of the Brethren retirement community in North Manchester, Ind., has agreed to take the executive director role. Read more »


Conference business ranges from changes in delegate representation, to a new vision for mission, to creation care, and more (May 25, 2018)

Delegates to this year’s Annual Conference will address 11 new and unfinished items of business. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services volunteers respond to Hawaii eruption (May 25, 2018)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) volunteers Petie Brown and Randy Kawate have cared for children at the shelter in Pahoa on the “Big Island” of Hawaii. The effort has aided children and families affected by the volcanic eruption that has displaced hundreds of residents. Read more »


Newsline for May 4, 2018 (May 4, 2018)

NEWS 1) Annual Conference 2019 forced to change locations 2) Process team lays out road map for development of ‘compelling vision’ 3) Meeting promotes conversation about biblical inspiration and authority 4) Gathering prays for future direction of the Church of the Brethren UPCOMING EVENTS 5) NYC speech contest winners are announced 6) Young Adult Conference to meet at Brethren Woods RESOURCES 7) Brethren Press publishes book of poetry by Ken Gibble, among new resources 8) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren Press publishes book of poetry by Ken Gibble, among new resources (May 4, 2018)

Brethren Press has published a book of poetry by Ken Gibble, titled “A Poetry of the Soul,” among new resources from the Church of the Brethren denominational publishing house. The summer quarter of the Shine curriculum, jointly produced by Brethren Press and MennoMedia, is now available to order on the theme “God’s Creation.” A new children’s Advent devotional by Christy Waltersdorff and Mitch Miller is anticipated in June. Read more »


Meeting promotes conversation about biblical inspiration and authority (May 4, 2018)

“What kind of authority does the Bible have for us?” asked Karoline Lewis, one of the keynote presenters at the “Biblical Authority Conversations” on April 23-25. The Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, she joined with Jason Barnhart, director of Brethren Research and Resourcing for the Brethren Church’s denominational office, in leading a group of about 100 Church of the Brethren ministers and lay people at a meeting called by the midwestern districts. Read more »


Brethren bits for May 4, 2018 (May 4, 2018)

In this issue: Job openings, Global Mission executive visits with CNI, Miami Haitian Church of the Brethren plans “March for Equality” for immigrants, Pinecrest Community celebrating 125 years, Virlina District holds Ministry and Mission event, Mid-Atlantic District Disaster Response Auction is Saturday, Bridgewater College breaks ground for “learning commons,” NCC welcomes progress toward peace on the Korean Peninsula, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Gathering prays for future direction of the Church of the Brethren (May 3, 2018)

“Thanks for coming to do something new, something different,” said Grover Duling, chair of the West Marva District board, to the close to 400 people at the “Brethren Prayer and Worship Summit” April 20-21 in Harrisonburg, Va. People came to the event from 14 of the 24 Church of the Brethren districts. Read more »


Annual Conference 2019 forced to change locations (May 3, 2018)

The Church of the Brethren Annual Conference planned for summer 2019 has been forced to change locations, according to director Chris Douglas. Unexpected delays with major renovations at the Town and Country resort in San Diego, Calif., where the Conference was to have been held, have forced this change. “Town and Country cancelled our contract,” she reported. Read more »


NYC speech contest winners are announced (May 3, 2018)

It is with great excitement and anticipation that we announce the winners of the National Youth Conference (NYC) 2018 Speech Contest. These two youth will get to share their speeches with those attending NYC this summer in Fort Collins, Colo. Read more »


Young Adult Conference to meet at Brethren Woods (May 3, 2018)

The 2018 Church of the Brethren Young Adult Conference will meet at Brethren Woods on May 25-27. The location is a camp and outdoor ministry center near Keezletown, Va. The conference brings together young adults ages 18-35 on the theme “Teach with your Life” (1 Timothy 4:11-16), sponsored by the denomination’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Read more »


Process team lays out road map for development of ‘compelling vision’ (May 2, 2018)

This group brought a diversity of gifts and perspectives as it worked to lay out a general roadmap for the development of a compelling vision for the Church of the Brethren. This first meeting was led by Keister, who guided the team through its first stages of planning and the calling of the chair. Pittman Gingrich was called to be chair, and will work in partnership with the Annual Conference moderator to lead the work of the team going forward. Read more »


Dan McFadden resigns as director of Brethren Volunteer Service (April 20, 2018)

Dan McFadden has resigned as director of Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) effective Nov. 2. He began his work with the Church of the Brethren on Dec. 1, 1995. He has worked out of the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill., for more than 22 years. Read more »


Newsline for April 20, 2018 (April 20, 2018)

NEWS 1) Mission Alive gathers Brethren around the concept of a global church 2) Global Food Initiative issues grants for community gardens, agriculture initiatives 3) Class of 2018 to graduate from Bethany Seminary 4) Chiques kicks off 150th anniversary with old-time worship service PERSONNEL 5) Dan McFadden resigns as director of Brethren Volunteer Service UPCOMING EVENTS 6) Brethren Academy lists upcoming courses FEATURE 7) Reflections from the National Mall 8) Brethren bits Read more »


Mission Alive gathers Brethren around the concept of a global church (April 20, 2018)

A vision for a global Church of the Brethren was a point of discussion and focus for Mission Alive 2018, a conference for mission-minded church members from across the United States and around the world. The conference was organized by the Global Mission and Service office working with the Mission Advisory Committee, and hosted by Frederick (Md.) Church of the Brethren on April 6-8. Read more »


Brethren bits for April 20, 2018 (April 20, 2018)

In this issue: Global Mission executive remembers a warm welcome from new Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel, Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) deploys a team to aid families affected by wildfires in Oklahoma, recent meetings at the Church of the Brethren General Offices, Bethany Seminary hosts the Council of District Executives, and more new by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Reflections from the National Mall (April 20, 2018)

Two people who were on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on April 4 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. reflect on the experience: Read more »


Global Food Initiative issues grants for community gardens, agriculture initiatives (April 20, 2018)

The Global Food Initiative of the Church of the Brethren has given a number of grants in the first few months of 2018 to support community gardening efforts, agriculture initiatives, and other work to support food security in a variety of areas across the globe. Grants have been given to projects in the United States, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Spain. For more information go to www.brethren.org/gfi . Read more »


Brethren Academy lists upcoming courses (April 20, 2018)

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership has announced its course offering for the rest of this year and into next, see the following listing. These courses are for everyone, with Training in Ministry (TRIM) and Education for Shared Ministry (EFSM) students receiving 1 unit per course, credentialed clergy earning 2 continuing education units, and others enrolling for their own personal and spiritual enrichment. To register for one of the following courses, go to bethanyseminary.edu/brethren-academy or contact academy@bethanyseminary.edu or 765-983-1824. Read more »


Chiques kicks off 150th anniversary with old-time worship service (April 20, 2018)

Chiques Church of the Brethren, located near Manheim, Pa., kicked off its 150th anniversary celebration on Sunday, April 15, with a morning worship service that incorporated practices from earlier years. Men and women sat on separate sides of the sanctuary. Ministers and deacons, dressed in plain white shirts, were seated facing toward the congregation, in order of their call to lifetime office. Read more »


Brethren bits for April 7, 2018 (April 7, 2018)

Brethren bits for April 7, 2018 Read more »


Compelling Vision Process Team to begin its work (April 7, 2018)

The nine people who will make up the Compelling Vision Process Team have been named. The team’s first meeting will be April 17-19 at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Read more »


EYN celebrates its 95th anniversary (April 7, 2018)

President Joel S. Billi of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has said EYN will remain one until Christ returns, and warns any attempt to divide the denomination. He said this in a message at EYN’s 95th Anniversary during Sunday service at Kulp Bible College Chapel on March 18. March 17 is the date of the anniversary and considered “Founder’s Day” by the Nigerian church. Read more »