News Archives January, 2015


Summer Bible School helps sponsor cornea transplant for student in Vietnam (January 27, 2015)

Nam is one of the amazing blind students at Thien An Blind School. He is easy going and optimistic. He was awarded as an excellent student in the first semester of this school year. Every day, he goes to school together with other students and he is a group leader. Read more »


Newsline for Jan. 27, 2015 (January 27, 2015)

1) Interfaith community calls for halt to drone attacks. 2) Reports from EYN staff, BDM volunteer focus on recent attack on Maiduguri, Nigeria. 3) Summer Bible School helps sponsor cornea transplant for student in Vietnam. 4) Merger celebrates 'One in Christ.' 5) Brethren bits Read more »


Interfaith community calls for halt to drone attacks (January 27, 2015)

More than 150 people of faith came to Princeton, N.J., this past weekend to learn from legal, ethical, and theological experts about drones and discern together a unified religious response to the horrors of drone warfare. This Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare drew participants from all over the country and from many religious backgrounds including Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Sikh. Read more »


Reports from EYN staff, BDM volunteer focus on recent attack on Maiduguri, Nigeria (January 27, 2015)

Muslims and Christians are fleeing Maiduguri, a large city in northeastern Nigeria, looking for safer places after Boko Haram insurgents attacked the area over the weekend and the Nigerian army responded, reports EYN staff liaison Markus Gamache. In a separate report Cliff Kindy, a short-term volunteer in Nigeria with Brethren Disaster Ministries, writes about efforts of Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) to serve the thousands who have fled into Maiduguri to escape continuing violent attacks of Boko Haram insurgents on other communities in northeast Nigeria. Read more »


Brethren bits for Jan. 27, 2015 (January 27, 2015)

In this issue: Remembering C. Wendell Bohrer, Camp Swatara seeks food service manager, dates announced for annual TRIM and EFSM orientation, York First and Bermudian in annual Brethren Souper Bowl competition, Ken Medema concert will be “A Night to Remember,” Camp Emmaus to celebrate 50 years of leadership by the Hares, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Groundbreaking consultation explores the meaning and practice of ‘believers baptism’ for the future unity of the church  (January 21, 2015)

A three-day consultation took place in early January involving representatives from six different “believers baptism” church traditions to share their understandings and practices of baptism and to explore how their thinking has changed in light of the emerging theological convergence on baptism and growing ecumenical encounter over the past 30 years. This was the first time such a gathering has taken place, and thus represents an historic moment in the life of these traditions. Read more »


Suffering under Boko Haram: The horror of what everyday life in northeast Nigeria has become (January 21, 2015)

Last July the small community of Wagga was attacked by the Boko Haram, an extremist Islamist insurgent group. Over 300 of these terrorists came into the village riding on motorbikes and in cars. Most of the Christians fled the village realizing that they would become the primary targets if they stayed. Read more »


Some Nigerian Brethren are attacked again after returning to their homes (January 21, 2015)

“Since Christmas many displaced persons had returned to their homes in northeast Nigeria,” the Hills report. “They had begun holding services outside burnt and destroyed churches. But last week Boko Haram again attacked some of the same areas causing another wave of confusion and terror. Read more »


Brethren bits for Jan. 21, 2015 (January 21, 2015)

In this issue: Bethany Seminary seeks executive for institutional advancement and other job openings, General Offices provides warehouse space for MLK Food Drive, Service Sunday is Feb. 1, Winter Park church celebrates 90 years, Frederick hosts Ken Medema concert, Rais Bhuiyan is Anna Mow lecturer at Bridgewater, and much much more. Read more »


Newsline for Jan. 21, 2015 (January 21, 2015)

NIGERIA NEWS: 1) Donations to Nigeria Crisis Fund meet board’s matching challenge. 2) Some Nigerian Brethren are attacked again after returning to their homes. 3) Suffering under Boko Haram: The horror of what everyday life in northeast Nigeria has become. MORE NEWS: 4) Groundbreaking consultation explores the meaning and practice of ‘believers baptism’ for the future unity of the church. 5) GFCF supports agriculture in North Korea, garden project for inmates in Brazil, farmer’s market in New Orleans. 6) Lancaster Church purchases uniforms and supplies for homeless students. UPCOMING EVENTS: 7) Intercultural retreat to be hosted in Atlantic Northeast District in May. 8) Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center offers series of continuing education events. 9) Brethren bits. Read more »


Intercultural retreat to be hosted in Atlantic Northeast District in May (January 21, 2015)

A weekend intercultural retreat with the theme “All God’s People Say Amen” will be hosted in Atlantic Northeast District at Harrisburg (Pa.) First Church of the Brethren on May 1-3. The retreat is co-sponsored by the Church of the Brethren Congregational Life Ministries and Intercultural Ministries. Read more »


Donations to Nigeria Crisis Fund meet board’s matching challenge (January 21, 2015)

More than $500,000 has been raised for the Nigeria Crisis Fund, meeting a matching challenge issued by the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board last fall. As of Dec. 31, 2014, the Nigeria Crisis Fund had received a total of $506,100.50 in donations. Read more »


Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center offers series of continuing education events (January 21, 2015)

The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC) based at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College is holding a series of continuing education events. Heading the series is “Lives of Devotion: Biblical Approaches to Spiritual Life” taught by biblical scholars Bob Neff and Christina Bucher. Read more »


GFCF supports agriculture in North Korea, garden project for inmates in Brazil, farmer’s market in New Orleans (January 21, 2015)

The Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) of the Church of the Brethren has announced several recent grants totaling $22,000. A grant of $10,000 supports agricultural education in North Korea via the work of Robert and Linda Shank at PUST university in Pyongyang. A grant of $10,000 supports a Brethren-led gardening project involving prisoners in Brazil. A grant of $2,000 supports the work of Capstone 118 to begin a small farmer’s market in New Orleans, La. Read more »


Lancaster Church purchases uniforms and supplies for homeless students (January 21, 2015)

Lancaster (Pa.) Church of the Brethren has been purchasing supplies and uniforms for the 1,200 homeless students in the city of Lancaster since 2009. The Hunger and Poverty Group formed in 2008, and one of the members suggested the name "Be An Angel" for the school program. It was quickly accepted. Read more »


Congregational Life Ministries makes personnel changes (January 14, 2015)

The Church of the Brethren has hired Debbie Eisenbise to fill a director-level position in Congregational Life Ministries, effective Jan. 15. The main focus of her work will be the National Older Adult Conference (NOAC). Read more »


Brethren bits for Jan. 14, 2015 (January 14, 2015)

Remembering Eleanor Rowe and R. Jan Thompson, celebrations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nominating Committee meets, new interns at On Earth Peace, service and learning trip to South Sudan, HIS Way co-hosts Spanish-speaking convocation, “Together for Nigeria” in Michigan, and much more. Read more »


Newsline for Jan. 14, 2015 (January 14, 2015)

1) National Council of Churches stands with Muslims in condemning French attack. 2) World Council of Churches expresses shock over killings in Nigeria. 3) A Nigerian’s response to the Baga news. 4) Five years after the earthquake: A ‘God thing’ in Haiti. 5) Congregational Life Ministries makes personnel changes. 6) Brethren Benefit Trust announces new Client Relations department and related personnel changes. 7) Clergy Tax Seminar is offered onsite at Bethany Seminary and online, other upcoming webinars address family matters and ministry ‘after Christendom’. 8) Brethren bits Read more »


Clergy Tax Seminar is offered onsite at Bethany Seminary and online, other upcoming webinars address family matters and ministry ‘after Christendom’ (January 14, 2015)

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership will host a Clergy Tax Seminar on Feb. 23. The seminar is recommended for all pastors and seminary students as well as other church leaders who wish to understand clergy taxes including church treasurers, steward commission chairs, and church board chairs. Attend in person at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., or online. The schedule includes a morning session from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (eastern) and an afternoon session from 2-4 p.m. (eastern). Read more »


Brethren Benefit Trust announces new Client Relations department and related personnel changes (January 14, 2015)

“Serving the members and organizations of the Church of the Brethren is the directive Brethren Benefit Trust has been given by the Annual Conference,” said BBT president Nevin Dulabaum. “At the forefront of that service are strong relationships with the denomination’s members and organizations. Thus, the creation of a new department that focuses on service, product development, and resources for the benefit of those we serve will help ensure that BBT fulfills its mandate for years to come. This is an exciting new chapter in the life of BBT!” Read more »


Brethren bits for Jan. 6, 2015 (January 6, 2015)

In this issue: Job openings, delegate registration for Annual Conference, workcamp registration, webinars, update on Enders church, church leadership conference planned for May, new members of the COBYS board, more. Read more »


CCEPI distribution: A story from the relief effort in Nigeria (January 6, 2015)

On Dec. 10 the Center for Caring, Empowerment, and Peace Initiatives (CCEPI) team gathered food supplies at the temporary headquarters of Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Displaced families had gathered and were already registered for ease in distribution. CCEPI is one of the EYN-connected NGOs that is being funded by Brethren Disaster Ministries through its Nigeria relief appeal. Read more »


Church of the Brethren offers ‘We Are Able’ workcamp (January 6, 2015)

During the summer months, the Church of the Brethren holds a variety of workcamps in various locations around the country. Every other year, the “We Are Able” workcamp is offered to youth and young adults with intellectual disabilities, ages 16-23. In the summer of 2015, this workcamp will be hosted by the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., from June 29-July 2. Read more »


Church of the Brethren leaders attend annual Anabaptist leadership meeting (January 6, 2015)

Denominational leaders attended the annual meeting of the Council of Moderators and Secretaries (COMS) of Anabaptist denominations and groups, on Dec. 12-13, 2014. Representing the Church of the Brethren were Annual Conference moderator David Steele and moderator-elect Andy Murray, and general secretary Stan Noffsinger. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services cares for children affected by California building collapse (January 6, 2015)

Children's Disaster Services (CDS) has responded in Pico Rivera, southern California, following evacuation of a multi-apartment complex due to a partial collapse of the building. The CDS response ended today. CDS is a ministry of the Church of the Brethren and part of Brethren Disaster Ministries. Read more »


Matt DeBall is hired as coordinator of Donor Communications (January 6, 2015)

Matt DeBall has accepted the position of coordinator of Donor Communications for the Church of the Brethren. He began his work in this position on Dec. 15, 2014. Read more »


Youth ministry names National Youth Cabinet for 2015-2016 (January 6, 2015)

A new National Youth Cabinet has been named by the Church of the Brethren’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry, led by director Becky Ullom Naugle. She reported that the new cabinet hopes to hold its first meeting in February. Read more »


Newsline for Jan. 6, 2015 (January 6, 2015)

1) Children’s Disaster Services cares for children affected by California building collapse. 2) Church of the Brethren leaders attend annual Anabaptist leadership meeting. 3) Youth ministry names National Youth Cabinet for 2015-2016. 4) Matt DeBall is hired as coordinator of Donor Communications. 5) Church of the Brethren offers ‘We Are Able’ workcamp. 6) CCEPI distribution: A story from the relief effort in Nigeria. 7) Brethren bits Read more »