News Archives November, 2012


Brethren bits for Nov. 29, 2012 (November 29, 2012)

Brethren bits for Nov. 29, 2012: Today’s Brethren bits announces an opening for an assistant professor of philosophy and religion at Bridgewater College, congratulates a Manchester Peace Studies group for attending the SOA/WHINSEC vigil, reviews Powerhouse 2012, shares a Virlina District center move, offers some district conference briefs, and much more news from across the church. Read more »


New Covenant church extends the Lord’s table (November 29, 2012)

When the small New Covenant Church of the Brethren in Gotha, Fla., gathers to observe the Love Feast, its numbers are increased and the fellowship enriched by the inclusion of members of the Chain of Love congregation. Both congregations meet in the chapel at Camp Ithiel. Read more »


Newsline for Nov. 29, 2012 (November 29, 2012)

Newsline for Nov. 29, 2012: 1) General secretary joins NRCAT delegation to White House. 2) Vital Ministry Journey now open to all congregations, districts. 3) Conference calls Brethren back to mission roots. 4) Children’s Disaster Services continues to aid families recovering from storm. 5) Water project in Haiti is a memorial to Robert and Ruth Ebey. 6) James Troha is named Juniata College's 12th president. 7) Bezon to retire from leadership of Children’s Disaster Services. 8) Atlantic Southeast, Northern Indiana name interim district executives. 9) World Interfaith Harmony Week is scheduled for February. 10) Christian Citizenship Seminar 2013 to address child poverty. 11) Advent celebrations take place across the Church of the Brethren. 12) Peace Camp 2012 in Bosnia-Herzegovina: A BVS reflection. 13) Brethren bits. Read more »


Advent celebrations take place across the Church of the Brethren (November 29, 2012)

Church of the Brethren congregations, districts, retirement communities, colleges, and other church-related organizations are holding Advent and Christmas celebrations in December. Following is just a sampling of the many events that have been announced. Read more »


Christian Citizenship Seminar 2013 to address child poverty (November 29, 2012)

“Childhood Poverty: Nutrition, Housing, and Education” is the theme for the 2013 Christian Citizenship Seminar planned for March 23-28 in New York City and Washington, D.C. Registration opens Dec. 1 at www.brethren.org/about/registrations.html . Read more »


Bezon to retire from leadership of Children’s Disaster Services (November 28, 2012)

Judy Bezon Braune has announced her retirement as associate director of Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) as of the end of the year. She has led CDS for five years, having started in the position in Sept. 2007. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services continues to aid families recovering from storm (November 28, 2012)

By the end of the day yesterday, Nov. 27, Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) had six volunteers working at FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers--continuing the response that CDS has made to the “superstorm” Sandy. Read more »


General secretary joins NRCAT delegation to White House (November 28, 2012)

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) organized and led a delegation of 22 religious leaders and NRCAT staff in a meeting Nov. 27 with White House staff, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to discuss the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture. Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger took part in the delegation. Read more »


World Interfaith Harmony Week is scheduled for February (November 28, 2012)

On Oct. 20, 2010, the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously adopted a resolution designating the first week in February to be the annual World Interfaith Harmony Week. Larry Ulrich, Church of the Brethren representative on the Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches, is encouraging congregations to observe the week scheduled for Feb. 1-7, 2013. Read more »


Atlantic Southeast, Northern Indiana name interim district executives (November 28, 2012)

Two districts have named interim executive ministers, Northern Indiana District and Atlantic Southeast District. Carol Spicher Waggy will be interim district executive for Northern Indiana in a three-quarter-time position beginning Jan. 1, 2013, for a period of up to two years. Terry L. Grove begins immediately as interim district executive for Atlantic Southeast, in a part-time position. Read more »


Peace Camp 2012 in Bosnia-Herzegovina: A BVS reflection (November 28, 2012)

The following report on Peace Camp 2012 held in Bosnia-Herzegovina is from Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) worker Julianne Funk, originally published in the BVS Europe newsletter. Kristin Flory, coordinator for Brethren Service in Europe, notes that “20 years ago this year, we started sending BVSers to peace groups in ex-Yugoslavia.” Read more »


Conference addresses ‘incarnational mission’ far away--and at home (November 28, 2012)

Close to 200 Brethren from as far as Nigeria and Brazil, and as near as Elizabethtown and Annville, Pa., gathered Nov. 16-18 at Lititz (Pa.) Church of the Brethren for Mission Alive 2012, a conference sponsored by Church of the Brethren Global Mission and Service. Read more »


Water project in Haiti is a memorial to Robert and Ruth Ebey (November 28, 2012)

A well and water system near Gonaives, Haiti, constructed with help from the Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF), have been installed as a memorial to former mission workers Robert and Ruth Ebey. The well is adjacent to a congregation of L’Eglise des Freres Haitiens (the Church of the Brethren in Haiti) in Praville, on the outskirts of the city of Gonaives. Read more »


Vital Ministry Journey now open to all congregations, districts (November 27, 2012)

Initially developed with Middle Pennsylvania District, the new Vital Ministry Journey is being considered by several other districts and congregations across the denomination. An emerging effort of Congregational Life Ministries, Vital Ministry Journey is a way for denominational staff to partner with congregations and districts toward holistic health. Read more »


Brethren bits for Nov. 15, 2012 (November 15, 2012)

Brethren bits includes remembrances for Jim Sampson, John Post, Roy Edwin McAuley, and Ruth Clark. Also featured: the Gemmer Peacemaking Award from Atlantic Southeast District, an opening for BL&T editor, a 100th birthday at the Westminster Church, and lots and lots more church news from across the denomination. Read more »


Special interest courses offered through Bethany Seminary in the spring (November 15, 2012)

Bethany Seminary is offering four graduate-level courses during the spring 2013 semester that may be of interest to the occasional student, those interested in taking courses without enrolling in a degree program. The courses are offered as weekend intensives. Read more »


Congo Journal: A Brethren pastor’s run/walk for peace (November 15, 2012)

Gary Benesh, pastor of Friendship Church of the Brethren in N. Wilkesboro, N.C., was inspired to return to long distance running after he heard Global Mission and Service executive Jay Wittmeyer share the story of the Congo Brethren. “Coming from the most violent area on earth, they were particularly interested in taking seriously Jesus as the Prince of Peace, and the Gospel being a ‘Gospel of Peace’ (Romans 10:15, Ephesians 6:15),” he explained. Benesh set out to “run, walk, or crawl” 28 miles across Wilkes County in the northwestern North Carolina foothills of the Blue Ridge escarpment to raise money for the Congo mission and for peace in that region of the eastern Congo. Here is his story: Read more »


Newsline for Nov. 15, 2012 (November 15, 2012)

1) Sandy shipments from New Windsor center now exceed $900,000 in value. 2) Church fund makes grants for Sandy response, new BDM project in Binghamton, NY. 3) Seminary trustees meet, approve expansion of Brethren and reconciliation studies. 4) Bethany announces faculty openings in Brethren, reconciliation studies. 5) Committee shares hopes for Sunday of renewal, releases logo for 2013 Annual Conference. 6) Nigerian Brethren leaders to speak at Young Center, Mission Alive. 7) Special interest courses offered through Bethany Seminary in the spring. 8) Pre-publication price available for Lenten devotional from Brethren Press. 9) Congo Journal: A Brethren pastor’s run/walk for peace. 10) Brethren bits. Read more »


Nigerian Brethren leaders to speak at Young Center, Mission Alive (November 15, 2012)

Samuel Dali, president of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and his wife Rebecca, a scholar who recently received her doctorate from the university in Jos, Nigeria, are traveling in the United States. Their itinerary includes speaking engagements at Mission Alive 2012 hosted by Lititz (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, and at the Young Center at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. They also will visit Manchester University and Bethany Seminary, lead Sunday school and worship at Crest Manor Church of the Brethren in South Bend, Ind., and spend an evening with Columbia City (Ind.) Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Committee shares hopes for Sunday of renewal, releases logo for 2013 Annual Conference (November 15, 2012)

A logo for the 2013 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, and more details about the schedule including a Sunday focused on spiritual renewal, have been released by the Program and Arrangements Committee. The 2013 Conference takes place June 29-July 3 in Charlotte, N.C. The largest block of the committee’s meeting was spent “fleshing out the Sunday plans as a day of renewal,” reported Douglas. This is a new initiative of Program and Arrangements, following calls for an emphasis on spirituality at the annual meeting, along with a worshipful context for the carrying out of church business. Read more »


Pre-publication price available for Lenten devotional from Brethren Press (November 15, 2012)

The 2013 Lenten devotional from Brethren Press is now available to order at pre-publication pricing. To place orders, call 800-441-3712 or go to www.brethrenpress.com . “The Practice of Paying Attention: Devotions for Ash Wednesday through Easter” is written by Dana Cassell Read more »


Sandy shipments from New Windsor center now exceed $900,000 in value (November 14, 2012)

Shipments of relief materials have been heading out from warehouses at the Brethren Service Center ever since superstorm Sandy was churning through the Caribbean on its way to the northeast US. The Church of the Brethren Material Resources staff has done the processing, warehousing, and shipping of relief materials on behalf of Church World Service. Material Resources staff were filmed by WBAL TV Baltimore as they continued to fill orders for relief goods. Rob Roblin of Channel 11 news in Baltimore, Md., taped the report on the shipments sent to the Hurricane Sandy response, to air Wednesday, Nov. 14, during the 6 p.m. newscast (www.wbaltv.com ). Read more »


Church fund makes grants for Sandy response, new BDM project in Binghamton, NY (November 14, 2012)

“During a disaster such as this, now is the time to remember that the most important humanitarian donation an individual can make is cash,” notes Brethren Disaster Ministries in an e-mail update this week about its response to Hurricane Sandy. The reminder comes at a time when the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF)--which spports the work of Brethren Disaster Ministries--has made its first grants toward the Sandy relief effort. “Once damage assessments are complete, Brethren Disaster Ministries will develop plans for future long-term recovery activities including major home repairs and rebuilds,” reports Roy Winter, associate executive director. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services cares for children in shelters in New Jersey and New York (November 8, 2012)

Two teams of volunteers from Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) are at work caring for children in shelters in New York and New Jersey. The teams have set up child care centers in a shelter at Nassau Community College in Garden City, N.Y., and in a new shelter that just opened in Tuckerton, N.J. Read more »


New Windsor center ships $600,000 of relief goods to storm survivors on behalf of CWS (November 6, 2012)

Shipments of relief materials have been heading out from warehouses at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., to Hurricane Sandy survivors. The shipments--amounting to $605,152 worth of relief--are made on behalf of humanitarian organization Church World Service (CWS), a coalition of Christian denominations and nonprofit agencies. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services works in New Jersey, New York; Brethren Service Center ships materials for CWS (November 2, 2012)

Brethren Disaster Ministries and ecumenical partner Church World Service (CWS) have issued updates on their responses to the unfolding disaster and continuing human needs in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Church members who are considering donating to the response are encouraged to give through the Emergency Disaster Fund (www.brethren.org/edf ) in support of the Brethren response including the work of Children’s Disaster Services (www.brethren.org/cds ). Read more »