News Archives January, 2019


Thriving in Ministry program begins, Dana Cassell hired as manager (January 28, 2019)

The Office of Ministry has begun work on a new Thriving in Ministry program, a grant-funded initiative offering support for multivocational Church of the Brethren pastors. Dana Cassell, pastor of Peace Covenant Church of the Brethren in Durham, N.C., has been hired as manager. She started in this half-time position on Jan. 7 while continuing in her pastoral role. Read more »


National commission considers changes to Selective Service (January 23, 2019)

The Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy attended a press conference of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 23. This commission is tasked with exploring national attitudes toward military and volunteer service, and potentially recommending changes to the Selective Service system. Read more »


Newsline for Jan. 18, 2019 (January 18, 2019)

NEWS 1) BBT president signs on to letter from denominational benefit plans 2) Brethren Faith in Action Fund allocates first grants 3) New theological focus at Bethany Seminary is funded by AAAS grant 4) Global Food Initiative gives grants to agriculture-related projects in Spain, Nigeria, East Africa, the US 5) Nigerian Brethren host the Fellowship of Christian Churches in Nigeria 6) Nigeria Crisis Response helps thousands in 2018 7) Church of the Brethren awards nursing scholarships UPCOMING EVENTS 8) Summer workcamp registration is open for jr. and sr. high youth and young adults 9) Youth and young adult events include CCS, National Jr. High Conference, Young Adult Conference 10) Spring academy courses cover race and congregation, Bible survey, thinking theologically, church polity 11) Bridgewater College holds symposium on status of Brethren organizations 12) Outdoor Ministries board members offer innovative retreat 13) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren Faith in Action Fund allocates first grants (January 18, 2019)

The Brethren Faith in Action Fund provides grants to outreach ministry projects of Church of the Brethren congregations that serve their communities, strengthen the congregation, and expand the reign of God. It was created by the Mission and Ministry Board with monies generated by sale of the upper campus of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. Ministries that receiving grants will honor and continue the legacy of service that the center has epitomized, while also addressing the dynamics of the present age. Read more »


Brethren bits for Jan. 18, 2019 (January 18, 2019)

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Church of the Brethren awards nursing scholarships (January 18, 2019)

Two nursing students are recipients of Church of the Brethren Nursing Scholarships for 2018. This scholarship, made possible by the Health Education and Research Endowment, is available to members of the Church of the Brethren enrolled in LPN, RN, or nursing graduate programs. Read more »


Spring academy courses cover race and congregation, Bible survey, thinking theologically, church polity (January 18, 2019)

Several courses are offered by the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership in the spring. These are open to students in the Training in Ministry (TRIM) and Education for Shared Ministry (EFSM) programs, ministers seeking continuing education, and others. The fee per course is $295. Read more »


Bridgewater College holds symposium on status of Brethren organizations (January 18, 2019)

On March 14-15, Bridgewater (Va.) College will present a symposium on “The Status of Brethren Organizations: Demise and Momentum.” The event is open to the public. Read more »


Global Food Initiative gives grants to agriculture-related projects in Spain, Nigeria, East Africa, the US (January 17, 2019)

The Global Food Initiative (GFI) of the Church of the Brethren has made several grants in the last two months. The grants support long-term hurricane recovery for farmers in Puerto Rico, church-related community garden projects in the US and in Spain, an orchard in Nigeria, a refrigeration project of Lybrook Community Ministries in New Mexico, and Brethren participation in an ECHO East Africa Symposium. Find out more at www.brethren.org/gfi . Read more »


Youth and young adult events include CCS, National Jr. High Conference, Young Adult Conference (January 17, 2019)

A number of events are offered in 2019 for youth and young adults in the Church of the Brethren: Christian Citizenship Seminar (CCS) on April 27-May 2, Young Adult Conference on May 24-26, and National Junior High Conference on June 14-16. Read more »


Summer workcamp registration is open for jr. and sr. high youth and young adults (January 17, 2019)

Church of the Brethren summer workcamps are offered for junior high and senior high youth and young adults. This year’s theme is “Grow” (2 Peter 1:5-8). Read more »


BBT president signs on to letter from denominational benefit plans (January 16, 2019)

The president of Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT), Nevin Dulabaum, has signed on to a letter to Congressional leaders sent by chief executive officers of denominational benefit plans. The November letter expressed concern about two separate sections of the Internal Revenue Code, one with potential to restrict participation in church retirement income account plans, and the other to potentially impose a tax on church parking lots. Read more »


Nigerian Brethren host the Fellowship of Christian Churches in Nigeria (January 15, 2019)

Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has hosted the 64th annual assembly of TEKAN at EYN headquarters in Kwarhi, Nigeria. TEKAN stands for the Fellowship of Christian Churches in Nigeria and includes 15 primarily Hausa-speaking denominations, making it the largest Christian ecumenical body in Nigeria. Read more »


Outdoor Ministries board members offer innovative retreat (January 15, 2019)

An innovative weekend retreat is offered this spring by board members of the Church of the Brethren Outdoor Ministries Association (OMA). Randall Westfall and Jonathan Stauffer are leading “Cultivating a Verdant Faith” at Camp Emmaus in Mount Morris, Ill., on March 8-10. Read more »