News Archives October, 2013


Brethren Volunteer Service Unit 303 begins service (October 30, 2013)

Brethren Volunteer Service Unit 303 has completed orientation and the volunteers have been sent across the US and into Europe and Latin America to begin a term of service. Read more »


On the way to Busan: The Brethren delegation share their hopes and dreams for the WCC Assembly (October 29, 2013)

It is not unusual that this size of a delegation from the Church of the Brethren would be present at a World Council of Churches (WCC) Assembly, says general secretary Stan Noffsinger. What has changed is the number of delegates “and our involvement in the deliberations,” he adds. Read more »


Newsline for Oct. 25, 2013 (October 25, 2013)

1) Mission and Ministry Board adopts 2014 budget, revision of Ministerial Leadership Polity, recommendation on equitable representation. 2) Getting the best value for your Medicare Part D dollars 3) Webinar on short-term mission trips takes place Nov. 5. 4) Booz, Cassell, and Hosler named as consultants for the next year. PREVIEW OF THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES 10th ASSEMBLY 5) WCC general secretary speaks about hopes for the council’s 10th assembly. 6) Divided Korean peninsula is steeped in decades of pain and sadness. 7) Christian activists pray and fast to protest nuclear dangers in Busan and beyond. 8) Peace Train takes a journey towards reunification of the Koreas. 9) ‘Thursdays in Black’ shows zero tolerance for violence against women. 10) The WCC Assembly by the numbers. 11) Brethren bits Read more »


The WCC Assembly by the numbers (October 25, 2013)

The WCC Assembly in South Korea will be the largest and most diverse gathering of Christians ever. What will happen in Korea will be a unique moment in the worldwide Christian ecumenical movement. According to a release by Ka Hyun MacKenzie Shin and Roddy MacKenzie, those coming to Korea for this extraordinary gathering include.... Read more »


Mission and Ministry Board adopts budget, revision of Ministerial Leadership Polity, recommendation on equitable representation (October 25, 2013)

A budget for 2014 and responses to business sent back by Annual Conference--the Ministerial Leadership document and a query on equitable representation--were on the agenda of the Mission and Ministry Board Oct. 18-21. The meeting was chaired by Becky Ball Miller. Also on the agenda were the strategic plan, financial policies, capital proposals, discussion of the Brethren Service Center, celebration of Gather ’Round, the Annual Conference delegate travel stipend, terms of board members, and reports. Read more »


Booz, Cassell, and Hosler named as consultants for the next year (October 24, 2013)

Three people have been named as consultants for various ministry areas of the Church of the Brethren, in an announcement from the human resources department. Donald R. Booz will serve as a consultant to the Office of Ministry; Dana Cassell will continue as contract staff for Ministry Formation; and Jennifer Hosler has been contracted to work on a writing project for Congregational Life Ministries. Read more »


Getting the best value for your Medicare Part D dollars (October 24, 2013)

Did you know that you might be paying more for your medications than you need to if you have Medicare Part D coverage for your prescription drugs? The Medicare website offers tools to help you choose the best plan for your medication needs during open enrollment, now through Dec. 7. By entering your medications, you can see the annual cost for all the plans in your area. You may be surprised by what you find. Read more »


Webinar on short-term mission trips takes place Nov. 5 (October 24, 2013)

A webinar on short-term mission trips will help address the question, what are the advantages and struggles? The online event on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. central time (8 p.m. eastern) will be led by Emily Tyler, the Church of the Brethren’s coordinator of Workcamps and Volunteer Recruitment, and is one of a series of webinars focused on youth ministry Read more »


Brethren bits for Oct. 25, 2013 (October 24, 2013)

In this issue: Remembering Ruth Christ Baugher, a registration deadline for the Clergy Women’s Retreat, Shane Claiborne to speak at Bridgewater (Va.) College, Herb Smith organizes a McPherson (Kan.) College study trip to China, district workshops and conferences, and more. Read more »


Newsline for Oct. 19, 2013 (October 19, 2013)

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Brethren bits for Oct. 19, 2013 (October 19, 2013)

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Church of the Brethren joins in message to Congress on reopening government (October 18, 2013)

Earlier this week, as the US Congress continued to wrangle over the impasse that closed the government for more than two weeks, scores of religious leaders descended on Capitol Hill on Oct. 15 to call the government back to work. The Church of the Brethren was one of 32 denominations and faith-based organizations to endorse an accompanying message to Congress calling for the re-opening of the government. Read more »


Ventures in Christian Discipleship training events offered through McPherson College (October 18, 2013)

McPherson (Kan.) College is offering a series of courses and webinars for the purpose of training and supporting small congregations, under the title “Ventures in Christian Discipleship.” Campus minister Steve Crain and Ken and Elsie Holderread from Western Plains District are co-coordinators for the series. Read more »


‘Pioneering’ is the subject of a three-webinar series (October 11, 2013)

Congregational Life Ministries is offering three new webinars on the topic of church pioneering. The webcast presenters are leaders from the Anabaptist Network in the United Kingdom, an organization that models dynamic ministry strategies and creative processes for new church development. The three webinars are hosted by the Church of the Brethren and organized together with Urban Expression, Bristol Baptist, and BMS World Mission. Read more »


Registration fees for Annual Conference 2014 include new family friendly discount (October 11, 2013)

“Given this is budget preparation time for many congregations, we’ve had calls and e-mails asking about the registration fees for Annual Conference next year,” said a note from the Conference Office, which highlights a new “family friendly” change made by the Program and Arrangements Committee. Read more »


Brethren bits for Oct. 11, 2013 (October 11, 2013)

Brethren bits for Oct. 11, 2013: Personnel and job opening, deadline for NYC youth worker, ENGAGE at Bethany, WCC virtual conference for “youth,” church anniversaries, Juniata’s celebration of new president Troha, lots of college and university news, more. Read more »


Newsline for Oct. 11, 2013 (October 11, 2013)

1) Registration fees for Annual Conference 2014 include new family friendly discount. 2) Enroll in dental, vision, and other insurance products in November through BBT. 3) ‘Pioneering’ is the subject of a three-webinar series. 4) Haitch to present Professorial Lecture at Bethany Seminary. 5) Entries sought for Bethany Peace Essay Contest. 6) Lerch concludes her work with TRIM and the Brethren Academy. 7) McElwee returns to Manchester University to guide fundraising. 8) Humanitarian curbs on deadly weapons boost new UN treaty, sharpen old debates. 9) Brethren bits. Read more »


Lerch concludes her work with TRIM and the Brethren Academy (October 11, 2013)

Marilyn Lerch, coordinator of the Training In Ministry (TRIM) program of the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, will conclude her half-time position on Dec. 31 as a result of staff reconfiguration at the academy. She will continue as half-time pastor of Bedford (Pa.) Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Workcamps schedule is announced for 2014 (October 4, 2013)

The schedule for the 2014 summer workcamps offered by the Church of the Brethren is now available online at www.brethren.org/workcamps/schedule . Workcamps will be offered for junior high youth, BRF senior high youth, young adults, and an intergenerational group. Because senior high youth will be attending National Youth Conference in July 2014, a full slate of workcamps for senior high youth will be offered again in 2015. Read more »


Brethren bits for Oct. 4, 2013 (October 4, 2013)

In this issue: remembering Duane Ramsey, Brethren Disaster Ministries honors longterm volunteer Helen Kinsel, job openings at the World Council of Churches and at Camp Swatara, a difficult court decision for Haitians in the Dominican Republic, and much more. Read more »


US church leaders renew emphasis on immigration (October 4, 2013)

By Wendy McFadden. Christian leaders representing the breadth of Christian churches and denominations in the US have renewed their emphasis on the issue of immigration. Immigration was the main topic at the annual meeting of Christian Churches Together earlier this year, and the CCT steering committee has announced that the urgency of the matter--particularly in light of congressional delays on immigration reform--will keep it in front of the organization’s annual meeting through 2015. Read more »


New resources include calendar to learn Philippians, Domestic Violence Awareness, Children’s Sabbaths, more (October 4, 2013)

October offers congregations the opportunity to participate in two national observances promoting the welfare of families and children: Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Children’s Sabbaths Celebration. A calendar for learning the book of Philippians by heart also begins in October, offered by the Annual Conference moderator as a focus for Bible study in preparation for the 2014 annual meeting. Read more »


Webinar series to give information about Brethren ministries for young people (October 4, 2013)

New “non-event” resources from the Youth and Young Adult Ministry this year are a series of webinars by denominational staff whose ministries relate to youth and young adults. These staff have teamed up to provide informational and educational webinars geared toward those who work with Church of the Brethren youth and young adults as advisors, pastors, or parents. Read more »


Nigerian Brethren die in more violent attacks on communities, churches (October 4, 2013)

Leaders of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) have reported recent violent attacks that have taken lives of church members and destroyed many homes and some churches in northeastern Nigeria. The Global Mission and Service office requests prayer for people who have lost loved ones, those who have lost their homes and churches, and for EYN and its leaders. Global Mission and Service is sending a grant of $10,000 to the EYN fund that aids church members affected by the ongoing violence, and is requesting donations to the EYN Compassion Fund. Read more »


Curriculum helps youth develop beliefs on peace, conscientious objection (October 4, 2013)

Call of Conscience, a Church of the Brethren web-based curriculum, is available to download from www.brethren.org/CO . Written by Julie Garber, this resource is designed to help youth develop their beliefs about peace and conscientious objection to war. The curriculum focuses on developing a personal peace position based on biblical teaching and the traditions of the church. Read more »


Children have disaster consequences too: CDS serves in Colorado following floods (October 4, 2013)

By Dick McGee of the American Red Cross. The following report on the work of Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) in Longmont, Colo., following the extreme flooding in the state, was provided by the American Red Cross. A team of CDS volunteers has been serving at the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Longmont. The team will finish up tomorrow and travel home on Sunday, reports Roy Winter, associate executive director of Brethren Disaster Ministries. "Disaster relief services are not just for grown-ups...." Read more »


Newsline for Oct. 4, 2013 (October 4, 2013)

1) Children have disaster consequences too: CDS serves in Colorado following floods. 2) Nigerian Brethren die in more violent attacks on communities, churches. 3) Webinar series to give information about Brethren ministries for young people. 4) New resources include calendar to learn Philippians, Domestic Violence Awareness, Children’s Sabbaths, more. 5) Curriculum helps youth develop beliefs on peace, conscientious objection. 6) Workcamps schedule is announced for 2014. 7) US church leaders renew emphasis on immigration. 8) Bethany’s ‘Explore Your Call’ 2014 to be held in Colorado prior to NYC. 9) Brethren bits. Read more »