News Archives October, 2015


Church of the Brethren issues position posting for General Secretary (October 22, 2015)

The Church of the Brethren has posted a position opening for General Secretary, as the next step in the search process for a candidate to fill the top executive staff position in the denomination. The application deadline is Dec. 15. Read more »


Brethren bits for Oct. 22, 2015 (October 22, 2015)

In this issue: Remembering Tracy Stoddart Primozich, registration remains open for the 2015 Presidential Forum at Bethany Seminary, Global Mission and Service requests prayer for the presidential election in Haiti, 160 participate in Cane Awareness Day in Vietnam, Brethren Disaster Ministries holds leadership training, Kulp Bible College has reopened in Kwarhi, Nigeria, Outdoor Ministries Association plans annual retreat, ecumenical partners express concern for violence in Israel and Palestine, and more. Read more »


Mission and Ministry Board adopts 2016 budget of $9.5 million for denominational ministries (October 22, 2015)

The Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren held its Fall meeting on Oct. 15-19 at the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill. The meeting was led by chair Don Fitzkee, and chair-elect Connie Burk Davis. Read more »


Districts take action addressing same-sex marriage (October 22, 2015)

At least three Church of the Brethren districts are addressing the topic of same-sex marriage. One of them has adopted a query on same-sex marriage, which will be sent on to Annual Conference. Read more »


Workcamp schedule is announced for 2016 (October 22, 2015)

A schedule of Church of the Brethren workcamps for the summer of 2016 has been announced by the Workcamp Ministry. Workcamp experiences are offered for junior high youth, senior high youth, young adults, intergenerational groups, and those living with disabilities. The Workcamp Ministry theme for the year is “Blazing with Holiness,” inspired by the scripture text from 1 Peter 1:13-16 in “The Message.” Read more »


Denomination records stellar giving, but Core Ministries giving suffers (October 22, 2015)

The Church of the Brethren is recording exceptionally generous giving to its denominational ministries this year, the Mission and Ministry Board learned at its Fall meeting. The financial reporting was given by treasurer Brian Bultman and assistant treasurer Ed Woolf. For a full report from the meeting, and a report of the 2016 budget decision, see the story below. Read more »


Newsline for Oct. 22, 2015 (October 22, 2015)

1) Denomination records stellar giving, but Core Ministries giving suffers. 2) Mission and Ministry Board adopts 2016 budget of $9.5 million for denominational ministries. 3) Church of the Brethren issues position posting for General Secretary. 4) Districts take action addressing same-sex marriage. 5) Workcamp schedule is announced for 2016. 6) Brethren bits Read more »


Newsline for Oct. 15, 2015 (October 15, 2015)

1) Brethren representative reports from United Nations 70th anniversary event. 2) World Council of Churches condemns escalation of conflict in Syria. 3) Atlantic Southeast District holds its ninth Family Peace Camp. 4) Fred Bernhard resigns from Bethany Seminary. 5) Summer orientation held by Brethren Volunteer Service and Brethren Revival Fellowship. 6) Brethren bits Read more »


Atlantic Southeast District holds its ninth Family Peace Camp (October 14, 2015)

The ninth Family Peace Camp was held at Camp Ithiel in Gotha, Fla., from Friday evening to Sunday noon, Sept. 4-6, just before labor Day. This year the resource leader was Kathryn Bausman, co-pastor of Community Church of the Brethren in Twin Falls, Idaho, with her husband Mark Bausman. Both Kathryn Bausman as speaker, and the theme, “Living into Scripture, Today! Building Justice and Peace,” were chosen with the help of On Earth Peace. Read more »


World Council of Churches condemns escalation of conflict in Syria (October 14, 2015)

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has expressed grave concern over the escalation of conflict in Syria, in an official statement issued on Oct. 12. The statement strongly condemns all foreign military operations “especially since hope has been raised for a political process in line with the proposals made by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, and approved by the UN Security Council last August,” said a WCC release. Read more »


Brethren bits for Oct. 15, 2015 (October 14, 2015)

In this issue: Mission and Ministry Board fall meeting, general secretary speaks at Bridgewater Forum for Brethren Studies, materials for Bethany Sunday, On Earth Peace interns, Food Week of Action, Camp Mack celebrates program director, Young Center’s Brethren Heritage Festival, “Come to the Well” Sabbath rest for ministers, prayer for Iraqi Kurdistan, and more. Read more »


Summer orientation held by Brethren Volunteer Service and Brethren Revival Fellowship (October 14, 2015)

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) Unit 310 is an orientation unit held in cooperation with the Brethren Revival Fellowship (BRF). The volunteers in Unit 310 completed training this summer and have begun work at their project site. All of the volunteers are serving at the Root Cellar in Lewiston, Maine. Read more »


Brethren representative reports from United Nations 70th anniversary event (October 14, 2015)

The 193 nations of the United Nations opened the UN’s 70th anniversary (Sept. 23-Oct. 2) at the headquarters in New York with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that reflect the desires of the world’s people. Read more »


Newsline for Oct. 9, 2015 (October 9, 2015)

1) GFCF supports agriculture in DR Congo and Alaska, nutrition in Roanoke area, BVSer in DC. 2) Alaska and Louisiana: A tale of two tillers. 3) Query focuses on relationship of On Earth Peace to the denomination. 4) Bethany Seminary’s peace essay contest to highlight peacemakers. 5) Manchester University students are pen pals with death-row inmates. 6) NCC laments Umpqua shooting, asks NRA to join in gun violence reduction efforts. 7) Bethany’s Presidential Forum promises to be intriguing event. 8) National Junior High Sunday will be observed on Nov. 1. 9) We are addicted to guns today: A reflection from the president of the NCC. 10) Brethren bits Read more »


National Junior High Sunday will be observed on Nov. 1 (October 8, 2015)

National Junior High Sunday in the Church of the Brethren will be observed on Nov. 1. The 2015 theme is based on James 2:14-17 from “The Message”: “Faith Without Works Is Outrageous Nonsense.” Worship resources and other resources for the special Sunday are made available online and are free to download from www.brethren.org/yya/jr-high-resources.html . Read more »


Brethren bits for Oct. 8, 2015 (October 8, 2015)

In this issue: Positions at Camp Mack and Camp Pine Lake among other job openings, young adult committee sets dates for NYAC 2016, prayer requests for Nigeria and Haiti, Bread for the World Sunday, On Earth Peace Anti-Racism Transformation Team, Children’s Aid Society pictorial history, Elizabethtown College master of education degree to focus on peace education, and more news from churches, districts, camps, and colleges Read more »


GFCF supports agriculture in DR Congo and Alaska, nutrition in Roanoke area, BVSer in DC (October 8, 2015)

The Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) of the Church of the Brethren has provided several grants in recent months that support agriculture by a Brethren group in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a gardening project in Alaska, nutrition education and cooking classes for Spanish speaking population living around Roanoke, Va., and the work of a Brethren Volunteer Service worker at the Church of the Brethren Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C. Read more »


Query focuses on relationship of On Earth Peace to the denomination (October 8, 2015)

West Marva District Conference has adopted a query titled “On Earth Peace Reportability / Accountability to Annual Conference.” This query, initiated by Bear Creek Church of the Brethren, asks “if it is the will of Annual Conference for On Earth Peace to remain an agency of the Church of the Brethren with reportability and accountability to Annual Conference.” Read more »


Frederick Church hosts Children’s Disaster Services Volunteer Workshop (October 2, 2015)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) is offering a workshop to train volunteers on Friday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m., to Saturday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m., at Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Avenue, Frederick, Md. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services cares for families affected by California fire (October 2, 2015)

“Our California team has cared for over 218 children in Calistoga, Calif., in response to the wildfires,” reports Children’s Disaster Services associate director Kathy Fry-Miller. “They are serving at a Local Assistance Center for families.” Read more »


Annual Conference registration fees to remain the same for next year (October 2, 2015)

Basic costs for the 2016 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, to be held in Greensboro, N.C., have been shared by the Conference Office. “Program and Arrangements Committee met and decided to make no increases in registration costs for delegates or non-delegates,” reported Conference director Chris Douglas. Read more »


The stones cry out: Displaced people face difficult situation in Nigeria, Boko Haram attacks continue (October 2, 2015)

As the crowd cheered Jesus on Palm Sunday, the Pharisees told him to quiet the crowd. Jesus responded, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Later Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem and its future destruction, saying, “They will not leave one stone on another.” These are two opposing references to stones in Luke 19; one of celebration and acknowledgement of Christ, the second of destruction for those who did not recognize him. Read more »


Kim Ebersole resigns as director of Family Life and Older Adult Ministries (October 2, 2015)

Kim Ebersole has tendered her resignation effective Oct. 9. She has been serving on the Church of the Brethren denominational staff as director of Family Life and Older Adult Ministries. Read more »


Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center offers event on the Gospel of Mark (October 2, 2015)

“The Gospel of Mark and 21st Century Ministry” is the theme of a continuing education event sponsored by the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center and held on the campus of Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa.. The event is planned for Monday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the college’s Von Liebig Center. Read more »


Brethren bits for Oct. 2, 2015 (October 2, 2015)

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Freed from the smoke and ashes: Reflecting on Pope Francis’s service of prayer for 9/11 (October 2, 2015)

We lined up two by two in rows on Liberty Street in Manhattan to enter onto the Foot Prints grounds where the Twin Towers had once stood. In the line were the families of survivors and those like myself, representatives of our faith communities. As the line began to move you first hear the sounds of the water flowing, and then all eyes beheld the sight of the mighty pool of never-ending, streaming waters. Read more »


Newsline for Oct. 2, 2015 (October 2, 2015)

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