News Archives November, 2013


Powerhouse 2013 gathers youth from the midwest region (November 21, 2013)

More than 70 people took part in Powerhouse 2013, the Church of the Brethren Midwest regional youth conference, held at Camp Mack (Milford, Ind.) for the first time this year. It marked the fourth year for the event since it was restarted in a new fall format. Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries responds to Illinois tornado outbreak (November 20, 2013)

Following an intense outbreak of thunderstorms and tornadoes that heavily impacted parts of Illinois and Indiana on Sunday, Nov. 17, Brethren Disaster Ministries is preparing to be involved as needed in those states. Read more »


Newsline for Nov. 15, 2013 (November 15, 2013)

1) Former general secretary Judy Mills Reimer is remembered for her leadership to the Church of the Brethren. 2) Great Multitude Symposium considers the intercultural vision of church. 3) Brethren Volunteer Service Unit 303 begins service. 4) New Young Adult Steering Committee members announced. 5) Church World Service issues update on Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. 6) World Hunger Auction completes its 30th year. 7) Progressive Brethren Gathering to be webcast live this weekend. 8) National Youth Conference speakers announced, registration opens January 3. 9) New video series asks, ‘Why NYC?’ 10) Bethany Seminary offers course on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. 11) Brethren bits. Read more »


Former general secretary Judy Mills Reimer is remembered for her leadership to the Church of the Brethren (November 15, 2013)

Judy Mills Reimer, 73, who filled a number of key leadership roles in the Church of the Brethren including service as a former general secretary and Annual Conference moderator, died the morning of Nov. 13 in a hospital in Charlottesville, Va. She had suffered a series of strokes over the past few weeks. Read more »


Brethren bits for Nov. 15, 2013 (November 15, 2013)

In this issue: remembering J. Henry Long, personnel announcements from Pacific Southwest District and Juniata College, a successful course at SVMC, Lilly offers clergy renewal, updates from several districts, Nobel laureate in physics speaks at Juniata, CPT celebrates peace prize in Colombia, Virlina members elected to school boards, and Brethren churches already beginning to announce Christmas events. Read more »


Bethany Seminary offers course on Dietrich Bonhoeffer (November 15, 2013)

In spring 2014, Bethany Theological Seminary will make one of its popular peace studies courses available through the Susquehanna Valley Ministries Center of Elizabethtown, Pa. Interested persons are invited to enroll in “Bonhoeffer, War, and Peace,” taught by Scott Holland, professor of theology and culture and director of tpeace studies and cross-cultural studies at the seminary in Richmond, Ind. Read more »


National Youth Conference speakers announced, registration opens January 3 (November 15, 2013)

The National Youth Conference Office has announced its list of 10 speakers for NYC 2014, to be held July 19-24, 2014, in Fort Collins, Colo. The NYC Office also is encouraging all congregations to plan NYC registration parties for the evening of Jan. 3 when online registration opens at 7 p.m. (central time). Youth groups are encouraged to plan a fun evening of food and games, and register together when the clock strikes seven. Party ideas are available on the registration page of the NYC website at www.brethren.org/yya/nyc/registration-info.html . Read more »


World Hunger Auction completes its 30th year (November 14, 2013)

The 30th World Hunger Auction, sponsored by a number of Churches of the Brethren in Franklin County and Roanoke, Va., was held in August. Beginning with one congregation in 1984, the auction has grown steadily to a point that 10 congregations currently are involved. Read more »


Church World Service issues update on Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts (November 14, 2013)

Church World Service (CWS) has issued an update on relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan, which has devastated parts of the Philippines and also hit Vietnam. CWS is one of the ecumenical partners with which Brethren Disaster Ministries works to aid survivors of disasters. Read more »


Great Multitude Symposium considers the intercultural vision of church (November 14, 2013)

The 50 participants at the “Great Multitude Symposium” Oct. 25-27 in Virlina District ranged from retired pastors to young adults. They traveled from California, and just a few miles down the mountain from the conference center. They spoke Hausa, German, Spanish, and English. Read more »


Progressive Brethren Gathering to be webcast live this weekend (November 13, 2013)

The Progressive Brethren Gathering happening this weekend, Nov. 15-17, in Fort Wayne, Ind., will be webcast live at both www.progressivebrethren.org and www.livingstreamcob.org . Read more »


African moderator is historic choice for WCC, elections also name Noffsinger to Central Committee (November 11, 2013)

The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches has chosen a new Central Committee to serve for the period until the next assembly is held. Among the 150 delegates selected for the Central Committee is Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger, as well as three others from the peace churches. In an historic choice, the Central Committee has chosen its first woman and African to serve as moderator. Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries challenges church to raise $500,000 for Typhoon Haiyan response (November 11, 2013)

Please pause for a moment and pray for all impacted by the widespread devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and Vietnam. With extensive loss of life and destruction, our prayers are desperately needed for all who are left homeless, all who lost loved ones, and all whose lives have been terribly disrupted. Read more »


Newsline for Nov. 11, 2013 (November 11, 2013)

NEWS: 1) Brethren Disaster Ministries challenges church to raise $500,000 for Typhoon Haiyan response. WCC 10th ASSEMBLY: 2) Church of the Brethren general secretary takes part in plenary on peace. 3) World Council of Churches Assembly adopts statement on just peace. 4) Assembly documents address unity, politicization of religion and rights of religious minorities, peace on the Korean Peninsula, among other concerns. 5) African moderator is historic choice for WCC, elections also name Noffsinger to Central Committee. 6) Ecumenical conversation works at new definition of ‘security.’ 7) Leading EYN through its most difficult time: An interview with Samuel Dante Dali. Read more »


Assembly adopts documents addressing concerns for unity, politicization of religion and rights of religious minorities, peace on the Korean Peninsula, among others. (November 9, 2013)

The WCC Assembly adopted a number of documents addressing public issues, a statement on unity, and a “message” coming out of the experience of the assembly. Read more »


New Young Adult Steering Committee members announced (November 8, 2013)

The Young Adult Steering Committee is meeting Nov. 8–10 to plan for Young Adult Conference, scheduled for May 23–25, 2014, at Camp Brethren Woods in Virginia. Visit www.brethren.org/yac for more information. Read more »


World Council of Churches Assembly adopts statement on just peace (November 8, 2013)

A “Statement on the Way of Just Peace” was adopted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) 10th Assembly on Friday, Nov. 8, with an expression of strong support from the delegate body. Read more »


Church of the Brethren general secretary takes part in plenary on peace (November 7, 2013)

“When Jesus said ‘Love your enemies,’ I think he probably meant don’t kill them,” said Stan Noffsinger at the plenary on peace at the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly. He was quoting a popular Brethren bumper sticker written by San Diego-based peacemaker Linda Williams. Read more »


Ecumenical conversation works at new definition of ‘security’ (November 6, 2013)

The ecumenical conversation on “human security” at the World Council of Churches (WCC) 10th Assembly was an exercise in changing the concept of what security means, as well as opening minds and hearts to the suffering of those who live in insecurity around the world. Read more »


Thoughts on mission and unity from the WCC 10th Assembly (November 6, 2013)

Each day at the World Council of Churches Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea, has focused on a particular subtheme related to either the overall theme and prayer of the meeting--“God of life, lead us to justice and peace”--or the main goals of the ecumenical movement. Monday of this week focused on mission, Tuesday focused on unity. Here are just a few of the thoughts about mission and unity: “Mission belongs to the very being of the church.” -- A leader of the World Evangelical Alliance bringing greetings to the assembly during the plenary session on mission. He also said in his remarks that, “Witnessing to the gospel should never be done in a way that overturns human dignity.” Read more »


Leading EYN through its most difficult time: An interview with Samuel Dante Dali (November 5, 2013)

Samuel Dante Dali, president of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), attended the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly as delegate for the Nigerian Brethren. Here he talks about the increase of terrorist violence in northeast Nigeria where members of EYN have been among the many killed in attacks by extremist Islamists. Read more »


First impressions: Words and images from the opening days of the WCC 10th Assembly (November 1, 2013)

Sound bites in words and images from opening days of the World Council of Churches Assembly in Busan, South Korea--the 10th for the WCC. Held only every 7 or 8 years, each WCC assembly represents the largest and diverse gathering of Christian denominations from around the world. The Church of the Brethren is a founding member. Read more »


New video series asks, "Why NYC?" (November 1, 2013)

The National Youth Conference Office has launched a weekly video series called “Why NYC Wednesdays.” It features young adults from around the denomination reflecting on what their NYC experience meant to them and sharing reasons why current youth should make NYC a #1 priority next summer. Read more »