News Archives January, 2020


Puerto Rico District, Brethren Disaster Ministries identifying needs following earthquakes (January 17, 2020)

The Church of the Brethren Puerto Rico District continues to ask for prayer for those affected by earthquake aftershocks and tremors continuing daily. More than 1,200 small earthquakes have occurred in Puerto Rico since Dec. 28, 2019. Several quakes over magnitude 5.0 have caused great damage, especially in the south, with the largest being 6.4 magnitude on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Read more »


Two Church of the Brethren funds announce year’s first grants (January 17, 2020)

The Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) and the Global Food Initiative Fund (GFI) have announced first grants for the year 2020. Read more »


United Nations representative reports from human rights events in 2019 (January 17, 2020)

Doris Theresa Abdullah, the United Nations representative for the Church of the Brethren, has attended several human rights events on behalf of the denomination in 2019. Commenting on the need for peace and light in the world, she noted that the events highlighted many concerns including “the darkness of hate, religious intolerance, greed, racism, discrimination, bigotry, and ignorance.” Read more »


Brethren bits for Jan. 17, 2020 (January 17, 2020)

In this issue: Remembering the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, personnel and job openings, registration is open for this summer’s workcamps, CDS training workshops, SVMC continuing education opportunities, a report from the 65th general assembly of TEKAN in Nigeria, MLK Day Celebration at Bridgewater College and the town of Bridgewater, the 2020 Ecumenical Advocacy Days, new Bible app for Week of Prayer, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Newsline for Jan. 17, 2020 (January 17, 2020)

NEWS 1) Retreat gathers clergywomen from across denomination 2) Puerto Rico District, Brethren Disaster Ministries identifying needs following earthquakes 3) Two Church of the Brethren funds announce year’s first grants 4) United Nations representative reports from human rights events in 2019 PERSONNEL 5) LaDonna Sanders Nkosi begins as director of Intercultural Ministries UPCOMING EVENTS 6) Brethren Academy updates course listing for 2020 into 2021 7) Moderator’s forum is April 18 at Elizabethtown College’s Young Center 8) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren Academy updates course listing for 2020 into 2021 (January 16, 2020)

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership has updated its course listing for 2020 into 2021. Courses are offered for continuing education credit (2 units per course), for personal enrichment, and for TRIM/EFSM credit. To register and pay for courses go to www.bethanyseminary.edu/brethren-academy or contact academy@bethanyseminary.edu or 765-983-1824. Read more »


Retreat gathers clergywomen from across denomination (January 16, 2020)

Church of the Brethren clergywomen gathered in retreat at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., in the Phoenix area, on Jan. 6-9. The 57 women from across the denomination were led by presenter Mandy Smith on the theme, “Treasure in Clay Pots” (2 Corinthians 4:7). Read more »


LaDonna Sanders Nkosi begins as director of Intercultural Ministries (January 15, 2020)

LaDonna Sanders Nkosi has been hired by the Church of the Brethren as director of Intercultural Ministries, a staff position in Discipleship Ministries. Her first day on the job is Jan. 16. She will work remotely and from the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Read more »


Moderator’s forum is April 18 at Elizabethtown College’s Young Center (January 14, 2020)

Annual Conference moderator Paul Mundey has announced that he will host a Moderator’s Forum this spring at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. The date is April 18, from 1-9 p.m. The focus is “Historical Themes Impacting Today’s Church.” Read more »


Newsline Special: Puerto Rico earthquakes, responding to Iran crisis (January 8, 2020)

1) Brethren Disaster Ministries and district leaders report from Puerto Rico following earthquakes 2) Office of Peacebuilding and Policy issues action alert on Iran crisis, denomination joins in signing faith statement Read more »


Church of the Brethren signs 'Faith Statement on Escalating Violence with Iran' (January 4, 2020)

Church of the Brethren signs 'Faith Statement on Escalating Violence with Iran' Read more »