News Archives January, 2017


Global Food Initiative connects with Bittersweet Ministries, Haitian refugees in Mexico (January 31, 2017)

The following is a brief report posted this past weekend from Tijuana, Mexico, by Jeff Boshart, manager of the Global Food Initiative and the Emerging Global Mission Fund for the Church of the Brethren: Read more »


Brethren bits for January 28, 2017 (January 28, 2017)

Personnel news, jobs, Heifer Ranch workcamp added, CDS update, BLM land sale news, EYN prayer request, updates from congregations and more Read more »


Donita Keister and J. Roger Schrock top Annual Conference ballot for 2017 (January 28, 2017)

The Conference Office has released the ballot that will be presented to the 2017 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren this summer. Read more »


TOGETHER global initiative is launched by United Nations (January 28, 2017)

“TOGETHER is a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life.” Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services workshop series will train volunteers (January 28, 2017)

Children's Disaster Services (CDS) is offering a series of workshops for volunteer training. Read more »


National Junior High Conference to call youth to a ‘greater cause’ (January 28, 2017)

National Junior High Conference 2017 will invite youth and their advisors to consider Jonah’s story through the theme “Called for a Greater Cause: Jonah’s Journey.” The conference will be held June 9-11 on the campus of Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. Read more »


CWS reports on effects of executive orders on immigration and refugees (January 27, 2017)

Church World Service has issued a release outlining the consequences of the executive order on immigration and asking for help to protect immigrants and asylum seekers. CWS also outlines how President Trump’s executive order on refugees will affect the staffing and financing of Church World Service, as well as the lives of individual refugees. Read more »


Church of the Brethren general secretary among 2,000 religious leaders signing letter supporting refugee resettlement (January 27, 2017)

General secretary David Steele on behalf of the Church of the Brethren has signed a letter to President Trump and members of Congress expressing support for refugee resettlement. The letter, which has now been signed by more than 2,000 religious leaders from across the country--and is still open to receiving more signatures--is an initiative of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition. Read more »


Deborah Brehm resigns as manager of human resources (January 27, 2017)

Deborah Brehm resigns as manager of human resources Read more »


Mission executive responds to question on refugees, denomination supports work of CWS (January 26, 2017)

“We are the church, we’ll continue to be the church, and we will welcome refugees in need from all religious backgrounds. This is in keeping with our Christian faith,” said Jay Wittmeyer, executive director of Global Mission and Service, when contacted by the Huffington Post about the Church of the Brethren position on refugees. Read more »


Young Adult Conference to address ‘Loving Neighbor’ (January 20, 2017)

As disciples of Jesus, we have been working out what those words mean. How do I love God with all of my heart, soul, and mind? Who is my neighbor and how do I love them as I love myself--not just in theory, but in practice? Am I ready to receive, as well as give, in relationship with “my neighbors”? Read more »


Kelsey Murray to serve as National Youth Conference coordinator (January 20, 2017)

Kelsey Murray of Lancaster (Pa.) Church of the Brethren will serve as coordinator for the 2018 National Youth Conference (NYC). Murray is a 2014 graduate of Bridgewater (Va.) College, where she studied art with concentrations in ceramics, graphic design, and photography. As NYC coordinator, she will provide vision and leadership for the event, which she will plan with the National Youth Cabinet. Read more »


Global Mission and Service executive joins delegation to Cuba (January 20, 2017)

Heads of mission for US religious institutions visited Cuba from Jan. 9-13, and met with key religious and political leaders to discuss the relationship between Cuba and the United States and the role the institution church can have in improving that relationship. As executive director of Global Mission and Service, I joined the delegation on behalf of the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Brethren bits for Jan. 20, 2017 (January 20, 2017)

Remembering Terry L. Shumaker, job openings, Church of the Brethren General Offices hosts MLK Day food drive, BVS gets recognition as a service program that “changes the world,” Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, dates for this year’s Meat Canning Project, new peacemaking infographic website from Elizabethtown College, lots of news from congregations, and more. Read more »


Spiritual direction Blooms at Shepherd’s Spring (January 20, 2017)

Since the beginning of operations at Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry and Retreat Center in Mid-Atlantic District, there has been a focus on hospitality and spirituality. A year ago, it was decided to take this a step further. Several spiritual directors, board members, and staff met to discuss ways we can open the facility to a deeper spiritual awareness. Read more »


Emergency Disaster Fund supports aid for Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew (January 20, 2017)

Brethren Disaster Ministries has directed a grant of $50,000 from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to support the next phase of response to devastation in Haiti caused by Hurricane Matthew. The storm hit the island on Oct. 4, 2016, as a powerful category 4 hurricane, causing widespread damage and considerable losses, and up to 1,600 deaths. Read more »


Denominational leaders request prayer for upcoming meetings (January 20, 2017)

Partnership in prayer is requested Jan. 22-27 as the Council of District Executives, the Church of the Brethren Leadership Team, and the Inter-Agency Forum hold their annual January meetings. Read more »


Janet L. Ober Lambert to lead Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership (January 17, 2017)

Janet L. Ober Lambert has been hired as director of the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, a ministry training partnership of the Church of the Brethren and Bethany Theological Seminary. Read more »


Ventures course at McPherson College will address Brethren history (January 14, 2017)

Frank Ramirez, Church of the Brethren storyteller, historian, and pastor, will be the presenter for the next Ventures course from 9 a.m. to 12 noon (central time) on Saturday, Jan. 21. His topic will be “The Real Deal in Brethren History: What Really Happened Out There, and What Does It Mean For Today?” Read more »


Inspiration 2017 (NOAC) announces leadership (January 14, 2017)

The next National Older Adult Conference, Inspiration 2017, will be held in Lake Junaluska Conference Center, in western North Carolina, from Sept. 4-8. The theme is “Generations” from Psalm 145:4: “One generation shall laud God’s works to another and shall declare God’s mighty acts.” The theme reflects the intergenerational community that gathers at NOAC and the importance of generations engaging each other in meaningful conversations about relationships, leaving a legacy, and faith. Read more »


General secretary signs letter to new administration calling for defense of dignity of all people (January 14, 2017)

Church of the Brethren general secretary David Steele is one of the American faith leaders who have sign a letter to president-elect Donald Trump calling on the incoming administration to robustly defend the dignity of all people. The letter also was copied to the members of the 115th Congress. Read more »


Brethren bits for Jan. 14, 2017 (January 14, 2017)

In this issue: Remembering Wayne Geisert, Elsie Hall, Ann Burger, and Marylee Lang, plus personnel announcements and job openings, ordinations in Haiti--including the first woman ordained in Eglise des Freres d’Haiti, plans for Roundtable, and more. Read more »


Nigeria Crisis Response provides overview of work in 2016 (January 14, 2017)

A summary of the Nigeria Crisis Response work carried out in 2016 has been provided to Newsline by coordinator Roxane Hill. The Nigeria Crisis Response is a joint effort of the Church of the Brethren and Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). The Church of the Brethren’s Global Mission and Service and Brethren Disaster Ministries are both involved in the effort. The following summary covers the year through November and includes tallies of accomplishments in the seven areas of focus. For more about the Nigeria Crisis Response go to www.brethren.org/nigeriacrisis . Read more »


Violence continues in Nigeria, report Church of the Brethren and EYN staff (January 14, 2017)

Although we have seen Facebook posts and news releases stating that the Nigerian army has defeated the Boko Haram, violence still continues in northeast Nigeria. Most of the ongoing attacks in the Madagali and Gwoza area are not reported anywhere. One big attack, killing or injuring over 100 people in a Madagali market in December, did make the news. Read more »


Faith groups send letter in support of ACA, BBT and Disabilities Ministry express support (January 14, 2017)

The National Council of Churches USA (NCC) has joined with the Conference of National Black Churches, the Ecumenical Poverty Initiative, and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference in issuing a statement in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other federal “safety net” programs that may be under threat as the new administration enters office. Two Church of the Brethren ministries--Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) and the Disabilities Ministry that is a part of Congregational Life Ministries--have expressed support for the statement and for the ACA as a means for access to health care for Americans, and for vulnerable populations in particular. Read more »