News Archives October, 2016


Julie M. Hostetter to retire from leadership of the Brethren Academy (October 31, 2016)

Julie Mader Hostetter, executive director of the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, has announced her retirement effective Jan. 31, 2017. She has served in this role since 2008. The Brethren Academy is a partnership of the Church of the Brethren and Bethany Theological Seminary. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services team begins work in N. Carolina, Material Resources ships to hurricane-affected areas (October 29, 2016)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) is responding in North Carolina following Hurricane Matthew. Areas of the state suffered severe flooding caused by the hurricane that hit the east coast of the United States after sweeping over Haiti and other areas of the Caribbean. A CDS team of volunteers traveled to Fayetteville, N.C., on Tuesday to begin serving children and families affected by the flooding. Read more »


Healthy Boundaries 101 training to be offered via webcast in January (October 29, 2016)

Healthy Boundaries 101 training to be offered via webcast in January Read more »


Christian Citizenship Seminar 2017 will focus on Native American rights and food security (October 29, 2016)

Christian Citizenship Seminar (CCS) will happen on April 22-27, 2017. The theme will be “Native American Rights and Food Security,” related to the scripture from Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Read more »


Brethren bits for Oct. 29, 2016 (October 29, 2016)

In this issue: BBT announces new insurance offering for Open Enrollment Month, Mark Pickens has begun as a field associate for Anabaptist Disabilities Network, Church of the Brethren general secretary David Steele will be holding a listening session in Shenandoah District, Nate Hosler speaks at United States Institute of Peace event for governors from states in northern Nigeria, World Council of Churches offers a “Webinar on Ending Statelessness,” and more new by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Newsline for Oct. 29, 2016 (October 29, 2016)

NEWS 1) Children’s Disaster Services team begins work in N. Carolina, Material Resources ships to hurricane-affected areas 2) Historic cloth map receives Virginia honor, reveals part of the Brethren mission legacy 3) WCC general secretary: What have we learned from the Reformation? UPCOMING EVENTS 4) Healthy Boundaries 101 training to be offered via webcast in January 5) Christian Citizenship Seminar 2017 will focus on Native American rights and food security REFLECTION 6) An island of civility and compassion in a sea of hostility 7) Brethren bits Read more »


Historic cloth map receives Virginia honor, reveals part of the Brethren mission legacy (October 29, 2016)

A unique cloth map that was created with the help of Helen Angeny, a Church of the Brethren mission worker in China, has been honored as one of the top 10 artifacts to be saved by a Virginia museum association. Angeny’s daughter Phyllis Hochstetler has shared the news of this honor with Newsline. Read more »


UN Working Group on People of African Descent presents findings (October 19, 2016)

The Working Group of Experts on the People of African Descent was established in 2002 following the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance. Their mandate was renewed by the Commission on Human Rights and the Human Rights Council in various resolutions during the subsequent years leading up to their 2016 findings which were put forward at the Sept. 26 meeting of the council. Read more »


Budget for 2017, grants for hurricane relief, discussion of state of the church on the agenda of Mission and Ministry Board (October 19, 2016)

Financial reports and a budget proposal for 2017, grants for disaster relief following Hurricane Matthew, along with discussion of the state of the church and root causes of current tensions were all on the agenda of the fall meeting of the Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Brethren bits for Oct. 19, 2016 (October 19, 2016)

In this issue: Remembering Galen and Doris Beery, personnel notes, Workcamp Ministry announcement, Christian women’s letter, Musa Mambula receives award, webinar on Syria, Harrisburg First celebrates anniversary, Miami congregation collects for Haiti, the Gathering, Election Day Love Feast at Brethren Woods, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Partnership in prayer is requested throughout the church (October 19, 2016)

Partnership in prayer throughout the church is requested as the Leadership Team of the Church of the Brethren and the executive committee of the Council of District Executives meet Nov. 1-2 to work on the task assigned from this past summer’s Annual Conference. The delegate body referred the concerns of the “Query: Same Sex Weddings” to the Leadership Team in consultation with the Council of District Executives “to bring clarity and guidance concerning the authority of Annual Conference and districts regarding the accountability of ministers, congregations, and districts, bringing recommendations to the 2017 Annual Conference.” Read more »


Newsline for Oct. 19, 2016 (October 19, 2016)

NEWS 1) Partnership in prayer is requested throughout the church 2) Budget for 2017, grants for hurricane relief, discussion of state of the church on the agenda of Mission and Ministry Board 3) UN Working Group on People of African Descent presents findings 4) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for Oct. 13, 2016 (October 13, 2016)

In this issue: Remembering Parker Marden, National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund seeks volunteers, Lick Creek ice cream social benefits Habitat, Western Pennsylvania to hold its 150th annual district conference, World Hunger Auction distributions, Bridgewater College students give up meals for CROP, “Seek Peace and Pursue It” exhibit at Bridgewater, and more. Read more »


Global Food Initiative supports medical training for Brethren in DR, cultural/garden exchanges (October 13, 2016)

The Global Food Initiative (formerly the Global Food Crisis Fund) issued a grant of $660 for representatives of Iglesia de los Hermanos (the Church of the Brethren in the Dominican Republic) to travel to Santiago, DR, for a week of training with Medical Ambassadors International. Other recent grants support cultural/garden exchanges partnering indigenous communities in Lybrook, N.M., and Circle, Alaska. Read more »


‘Vision for new hope’ is theme of Advent Offering for Church of the Brethren ministries (October 13, 2016)

The annual Advent Offering for Church of the Brethren ministries is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 4, the second Sunday of Advent. The theme, “Vision for New Hope,” is inspired by Isaiah 11:1-10 from the lectionary. Read more »


National Junior High Sunday calls youth to ‘Grow in Wisdom’ (October 13, 2016)

The theme for the 2016 National Junior High Sunday in the Church of the Brethren is “Grow in Wisdom” with a scripture theme from 1 Timothy 4:12-15. The suggested date for the annual observance is Sunday, Nov. 6. Find worship resources, logos, and more free downloads at www.brethren.org/yya/jr-high-resources.html . Read more »


Group of Chibok schoolgirls are released from captivity (October 13, 2016)

The Nigerian government says 21 of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014 have been freed in negotiations with the insurgents, according to reports from media outlets today including the Associated Press and ABC News. The negotiations were carried out with help from the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Swiss government. Read more »


Newsline for Oct. 13, 2016 (October 13, 2016)

NEWS 1) Group of Chibok schoolgirls are released from captivity 2) Disaster ministries, mission staff assess hurricane damage, begin planning for response 3) Global Food Initiative supports medical training for Brethren in DR, cultural/garden exchanges UPCOMING EVENTS 4) National Junior High Sunday calls youth to ‘Grow in Wisdom’ 5) ‘Vision for new hope’ is theme of Advent Offering for Church of the Brethren ministries 6) Brethren bits Read more »


Hurricane Matthew updates (October 8, 2016)

As Hurricane Matthew batters Florida today, Brethren Disaster Ministries continues to monitor the situation and is working to determine response plans in the Caribbean and on the east coast. Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has put volunteers on alert. Read more »


Newsline for Oct. 7, 2016 (October 8, 2016)

NEWS 1) ‘Risk hope’ is a recurring chorus: Annual Conference moderator shares monthly reflection 2) Hurricane Matthew update: Mission staff to assess damage in Haiti, BDM monitors Florida 3) Disability ombudsman serves at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference 4) Atlantic Southeast holds 10th Annual Family Peace Camp 5) Christian, Muslim leaders agree to stand against religious extremism UPCOMING EVENTS 6) October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month 7) Bridgewater College to hold symposium on ‘Anabaptist Nonresistance in Age of Terror’ 8) Brethren bits Read more »


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October 7, 2016)

Throughout October, congregations are encouraged to raise awareness about the serious problem of domestic violence. Activities may include providing members with information through a bulletin insert (available at www.brethren.org/family/domestic-violence.html ); creating a bulletin board with facts about domestic violence; publicizing the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233) and 800-787-3224 (TDD); hosting a speaker from a local domestic violence shelter or the YWCA; and remembering in prayer people who have been affected by domestic violence. Read more »


Atlantic Southeast holds 10th Annual Family Peace Camp (October 7, 2016)

Atlantic Southeast District held its 10th Labor Day Weekend Family Peace Camp at Camp Ithiel, Fla., on Sept. 2-4. The theme for the camp was “Pathways to Inner Peace.” The resource leaders were pastor Belita and Don Mitchell from Harrisburg, Pa. Belita Mitchell, a former Annual Conference moderator, provided the focus for the five sessions, while Don Mitchell provided meaningful and stirring music. Read more »


Bridgewater College to hold symposium on ‘Anabaptist Nonresistance in Age of Terror’ (October 7, 2016)

Bridgewater (Va.) College’s Forum for Brethren Studies and the Kline-Bowman Institute for Creative Peace-building will host a 2017 symposium, “Anabaptist Non-Resistance in the Age of Terror.” Read more »


Brethren bits for Oct. 7, 2016 (October 7, 2016)

In this issue: Remembering Stewart Kauffman, job openings, Nigeria Crisis Response continues to collect books for Nigeria, BBT open enrollment for insurance services, Children’s Sabbath resources, church anniversaries, district conferences, Bread for the World comments on statements released by presidential candidates about hunger and poverty, CPT team visits Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, Friends with the Weather, and more. Read more »


Got inspiration? (October 1, 2016)

The 14th NOAC is being billed as “Inspiration 2017” with the theme “Generations” (Psalm 145:4). Dates are Sept. 4-8, 2017, at Lake Junaluska (N.C.) Conference and Retreat Center. Read more »