News Archives January, 2012


Client investments enable BBT to take stand against human trafficking (January 25, 2012)

Putting the spotlight on global slavery and trafficking: That is what retirement contributions and congregational investments through Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) have helped achieve through the agency’s socially responsible investing initiatives. BBT signed on to a January letter urging the US Congress to require large companies to enact policies and auditing procedures that can expose and eliminate human mistreatment in their global supply chains. Read more »


Daily devotion leaders announced for 2012 Annual Conference (January 25, 2012)

Moderator Tim Harvey has announced leaders of the devotional times that will start the Monday and Tuesday business sessions at the 2012 Annual Conference. The Conference takes place in St. Louis, Mo., on July 7-11. Read more »


What makes for peace? A nomination for Okinawa Peace Prize (January 25, 2012)

Since 1895 the world recognizes individuals through the Nobel Prize for achievements in various fields such as economics, physics, literature, or medicine. The Nobel Peace Prize is the best known and perhaps the most revered prize as it recognizes a peacemaker in a world that is often in conflict. There is another peace prize award. It is not as well known and has a history only since 2001. It is the Okinawa Peace Prize. Read more »


Renovaré Essentials Conference offered by Atlantic Northeast District (January 25, 2012)

Richard Foster, founder of Renovaré and author of “Celebration of Discipline,” along with Chris Webb, new president of Renovaré and an Anglican Priest from Wales, will be the featured leaders at a Renovaré Essentials Conference on April 21, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at Leffler Chapel at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. Read more »


Newsline (January 25, 2012)

This Jan. 25, 2012, issue of Newsline includes 1) Daily devotion leaders announced for 2012 Annual Conference. 2) New web design, 2012 Annual Conference packet are unveiled. 3) BMC approved as project site for BVS. 4) Client investments enable BBT to take stand against human trafficking. 5) Brethren congregations among those being surveyed. 6) Stewardship leadership seminar focuses on generosity. 7) Leaders in disaster ministry to gather at Brethren Service Center. 8) Bethany Seminary to hold 2012 Presidential Forum. 9) Renovaré Essentials Conference offered by Atlantic Northeast District. 10) Clergy Tax Seminar will review tax law, 2011 changes. 11) What makes for peace? A nomination for Okinawa Peace Prize. 12) Brethren bits: Personnel, jobs, nursing scholarships, Nigeria, and much more. Read more »


Stewardship leadership seminar focuses on generosity (January 25, 2012)

On Nov. 28, 2011, more than 80 steward leaders gathered at the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, Fla., for the Ecumenical Stewardship Center 2011 Leadership Seminar. The theme was “Creating Congregational Culture of Generosity in the 21st Century.” Representatives from nearly 20 denominations heard presentations on the subject by plenary speakers Carol F. Johnston, Jill Schumann, and Paul Johnson. Attendees participated in lively discussion, sharing of ideas, and mutual encouragement. Read more »


Leaders in disaster ministry to gather at Brethren Service Center (January 25, 2012)

Faith communities often play a crucial role in responding to disasters throughout the US, such as by building houses, providing emotional care to survivors, and meeting other unmet needs. How and why faith communities respond to disasters will be explored at the 2012 Church World Service (CWS) Forum on Domestic Disaster Ministry, March 19-21 at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. Read more »


Brethren bits: Personnel, jobs, nursing scholarships, Nigeria, and much more (January 25, 2012)

The Brethren bits section of Newsline for Jan. 25, 2012, includes personnel announcements, job openings on the denominational staff as well as at Brethren retirement communities, volunteer opportunities for youth, news from Nigeria, college news, and much more. Read more »


Brethren congregations among those being surveyed (January 25, 2012)

Church of the Brethren congregations are being invited to respond to a survey that will be arriving in mailboxes soon. The survey is a broad curriculum survey being conducted by the Protestant Church-owned Publishers Association (PCPA), of which Brethren Press is a member. Read more »


Clergy Tax Seminar will review tax law, 2011 changes (January 25, 2012)

A tax seminar for clergy will be held on Feb. 20 through a collaboration of Bethany Seminary's Office of Electronic Communication, the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, and the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry. Seminary students, pastors, and other church leaders are invited to attend the seminar either in person at Bethany Seminary in Richmond, Ind., or online. Read more »


Newsline is now available as an RSS feed (January 25, 2012)

Would you like to have constantly updated Church of the Brethren news for your church, district, or even personal website? An RSS feed is now available to add Newsline content to another website, and to update automatically. Read more »


Annual Conference new web design, 2012 information packet are unveiled (January 19, 2012)

The Conference Office has unveiled a new website design at www.brethren.org/ac , where the information packet for the 2012 Annual Conference is now available to download. Postcards giving the web address have been sent to each congregation of the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


BMC approved as project site for BVS (January 19, 2012)

The Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Interests (BMC) has been accepted as a placement site for Brethren Volunteer Service volunteers. Read more »


Gross moves into new role at On Earth Peace (January 11, 2012)

On Earth Peace is launching a search for a new executive director. Bob Gross, who has served as director of On Earth Peace since October 2000, will be moving to another role in the organization. Read more »


Newsline for Jan. 11, 2012 (January 11, 2012)

The Jan. 11, 2012, issue of Newsline includes the following stories: 1) Brethren mark the second anniversary of Haiti’s earthquake. 2) An overview of Brethren accomplishments in Haiti, 2010-2011. 3) A reflection on the Haiti earthquake: Two years of recovery. 4) Dear beloved Church of the Brethren: A letter from Port-au-Prince. 5) Thoughts from Haiti on the new year. 6) BBT members, clients invest $700,000 in low-income communities. 7) Dueck offers coaching, resources on ‘Emotional Intelligence.’ 8) Gross moves into new role at On Earth Peace. 9) Church’s Elgin warehouse to be collection point for MLK food drive. 10) Brethren colleges hold events honoring Martin Luther King Jr. 11) Schedule, workshop topics, DVD available for congregational workshop. 12) New Church Development Conference registration opens Jan. 17. 13) New from Brethren Press: Devotions for Lent, hymn plaque, more. 14) Brethren bits: Remembrance, personnel, prayer for Nigeria, and more. Read more »


Schedule, workshop topics, DVD available for congregational workshop (January 11, 2012)

Government regulations, basic operations and compliance tips, and the potential impact of health care reform will be examined at an interdenominational tax and benefits workshop titled “Best Financial Practices for Your Congregation: Accountability, Transparency, and Integrity” on Saturday, Feb. 4, in Kansas City, Mo. The event, co-sponsored by Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT), is designed for pastors, church treasurers, financial secretaries, stewardship and finance committee members, and others involved with church finances. Read more »


Brethren colleges hold events honoring Martin Luther King Jr. (January 11, 2012)

A number of colleges related to the Church of the Brethren are holding special events to commemorate Martin Luther King Day, including Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., and Manchester College in N. Manchester, Ind. (information is from college press releases). Read more »


Dear beloved Church of the Brethren: A letter from Port-au-Prince (January 11, 2012)

Ilexene Alphonse is manager of the Ministry Center and Guesthouse of Eglise des Freres Haitiens, where he serves as a program volunteer for the Church of the Brethren’s Global Mission and Service program. He sent this letter to the Church of the Brethren in the US. Read more »


An overview of Brethren accomplishments in Haiti, 2010-2011 (January 11, 2012)

This listing of work and achievements of the Brethren in Haiti 2010-2011 was compiled by Klebert Exceus, who has led the Brethren Disaster Ministries building projects there (translated from French with the help of Jeff Boshart). All disaster related relief and response programs were funded by Brethren Disaster Ministries via the Emergency Disaster Fund including support for strategic partnerships and much of the agricultural work, except where it is noted that the Global Food Crisis Fund supported the project. All of the church building was made possible through special donations from congregations and individuals to the Emerging Global Mission Fund. Read more »


Brethren mark the second anniversary of Haiti’s earthquake (January 11, 2012)

The Church of the Brethren in Haiti this week is remembering the earthquake that devastated the Caribbean island nation in early 2010. Tomorrow, Jan. 12, is the second anniversary of the earthquake. Read more »


Church’s Elgin warehouse to be collection point for MLK food drive (January 11, 2012)

The warehouse at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill., is to be the collection point for the city’s food drive commemorating Martin Luther King Day. Food collected over the weekend by churches and schools will be brought to the warehouse at 1451 Dundee Ave. for sorting and distribution to area food pantries and the Community Crisis Center. Read more »


BBT’s members and clients invest over $700,000 in low-income communities (January 11, 2012)

From soup kitchens to small businesses in the US and abroad, Brethren Benefit Trust’s member and client assets are making a positive impact on projects that serve low-income areas. In 2011, Brethren Pension Plan members and Brethren Foundation clients provided $735,776 in loans to projects that serve the needs of at-risk communities through BBT’s Community Development Investment Fund (CDIF). Read more »


A reflection on the Haiti earthquake: Two years of recovery (January 11, 2012)

Roy Winter is associate executive director of Global Mission and Service for the Church of the Brethren and director of Brethren Disaster Ministries. He provided this personal reflection to mark the second anniversary of the earthquake. Read more »


Dueck offers coaching, resources on ‘Emotional Intelligence’ (January 11, 2012)

Emotional intelligence accounts for more than 50 percent of a person’s leadership capacity. In 2011, Stan Dueck, the Church of the Brethren’s director for Transforming Practices, completed the certification process in “Emotional Intelligence with Multiple Health Services.” Emotional intelligence is an important companion to a pastor’s or church leader’s spiritual foundation, especially while serving congregations during this time of profound change for many churches, he reports. Read more »


New Church Development Conference registration opens Jan. 17 (January 11, 2012)

Registration for the Church of the Brethren’s New Church Development Conference opens online Jan. 17 at noon (central time) at www.brethren.org/churchplanting/events.html . Conference information including a schedule, workshop list, and logistical details, is available now at the same web address. Read more »


Thoughts from Haiti on the new year (January 11, 2012)

Jean Bily Telfort is general secretary of the Comité National of Eglise des Freres Haitiens, the National Committee of the Haitian Church of the Brethren. He wrote these thoughts on the new year on Dec. 31, as 2011 transitioned into 2012 (translated from Kreyol by Jeff Boshart). Read more »


Brethren bits (January 11, 2012)

“Brethren bits” for Jan. 11, 2012, includes a remembrance for Ruth Early, the Church of the Brethren’s first Washington representative, personnel news and district staff changes plus a job opening announcement for On Earth Peace executive director, a prayer request for Nigeria, and more Brethren news. Read more »


New from Brethren Press: Devotions for Lent, hymn plaque, more (January 11, 2012)

A number of new resources are being offered by the Church of the Brethren publishing house. To order any of those listed call Brethren Press at 800-441-3712 or go to www.brethrenpress.com . Read more »