News Archives December, 2012


Newsline for Dec. 27, 2012 (December 27, 2012)

1) Delegation learns about sensitivities in the Holy Land, calls for continued work for two-state solution. 2) National Youth Cabinet is announced for 2013-14. 3) Save the date for next deacon training events, says Deacon Ministry. 4) Stuart Murray Williams to lead webinar on ‘Living the Biblical Vision.’ 5) Fifth Presidential Forum to be held at Bethany Seminary. 6) Brethren bits. Read more »


Stuart Murray Williams to lead webinar on ‘Living the Biblical Vision’ (December 27, 2012)

A webinar titled, “Living the Biblical Vision of a Multi-Voiced Church,” will be offered in January as a collaborative resource from the Church of the Brethren’s Congregational Life Ministries and the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. Read more »


Brethren bits for Dec. 27, 2012 (December 27, 2012)

In this Brethren bits: new personnel at Fahrney-Keedy, openings for a chaplain and curriculum writers, a new prayer resource focused on missions, registration opening dates for Brethren events in 2013, NCC announcement of an action day on gun violence, and much more news from and for Brethren. Read more »


Delegation learns about sensitivities in the Holy Land, calls for continued work for two-state solution (December 27, 2012)

Church of the Brethren leaders have returned from an ecumenical delegation to Israel and Palestine with a renewed commitment to a place sacred to the Brethren faith tradition, and a call for the expression of love to all the people involved in the violent struggles ongoing in the Middle East. In an interview made after their return to the US, general secretary Stan Noffsinger and associate general secretary Mary Jo Flory-Steury commented on their experience. Read more »


Fifth Presidential Forum to be held at Bethany Seminary (December 27, 2012)

Bethany Theological Seminary will hold its fifth Presidential Forum on April 5 and 6, 2013, at the Bethany campus in Richmond, Ind. The forum’s theme, “The Bible in Our Bones: Telling and Living the Stories of Our Faith,” invites all to encounter God’s word with fresh eyes and to live and share its life-giving messages with insight and integrity. Scholars, storytellers, artists, and other ministerial leaders will guide this exploration of biblical story through worship, instruction, and reflection. Read more »


Save the date for next deacon training events, says Deacon Ministry (December 21, 2012)

"It’s not too late, save the date," reminds the Church of the Brethren's Deacon Ministry office. Just a few days remain before registration ends for the first deacon training event of 2013. Read more »


National Youth Cabinet is announced for 2013-14 (December 21, 2012)

The Church of the Brethren's National Youth Cabinet for 2013-14 has been announced by the Youth and Young Adult Ministry office. Read more »


Newsline Special: Have faith that things can be different (December 21, 2012)

1) Brethren leaders send letter of support to the people of Newtown. 2) National Council of Churches press conference calls for meaningful action on guns. 3) NCC asks churches to ring bells for Newtown victims, support January action day on gun violence. 4) NCC provides resources for churches to address gun violence and aftermath. 5) Prayer, new carol text are written by Brethren pastors after tragedy. Read more »


Prayer, new carol text are written by Brethren pastors after the tragedy (December 20, 2012)

Following are worship resources by two Church of the Brethren pastors, a prayer sparked by the tragedy at Newtown and a new version of the Christmas carol, “What Child Is This?” Read more »


National Council of Churches press conference will call for meaningful action on guns (December 20, 2012)

The National Council of Churches (NCC) has been active since the school shooting in Newtown, by making available resources to congregations and encouraging religious leaders to address the issue of gun violence. Tomorrow the NCC holds a press conference in Washington, D.C., where religious leaders will speak out on gun violence. Read more »


NCC provides resources for churches to address gun violence and its aftermath (December 20, 2012)

The National Council of Churches is making a number of the response to Newtown tragedy available online, along with worship and action resources for churches to address gun violence and help parishioners deal with the aftermath of a tragedy that has affected the entire nation. Read more »


Brethren leaders send letter of support to the people of Newtown (December 20, 2012)

In a call made from Jerusalem Dec. 14, Church of the Brethren general secretary Stanley Noffsinger expressed his deep sorrow upon hearing the news of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The news reached him while he and other Brethren leaders were on a delegation to the Middle East. Noffsinger and the delegation has sent a letter to the people of Newtown. Read more »


NCC asks churches to ring bells for Newtown victims, support January action day on gun violence (December 20, 2012)

The National Council of Churches (NCC) is inviting the nearly 100,000 churches related to its member communions to ring church bells the morning of Friday, Dec. 21, to mark one week since 20 children and six adults were killed by a gunman in a Newtown, Conn., elementary school. Read more »


General secretary responds to school shooting in Connecticut (December 14, 2012)

General Secretary Stanley Noffsinger expressed his deep sorrow today upon hearing the news of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Read more »


‘12 Days of Christmas’: Featuring the writings of Kenneth I. Morse (December 13, 2012)

This is the first in an occasional Newsline series in the run-up to the 2013 Annual Conference. The 100th anniversary of the birth of poet and hymnwriter Kenneth I. Morse will be remembered when the Conference meets on a theme based on his hymn, “Move in Our Midst.” From now until Annual Conference, Newsline will take a look back at Morse’s work on the editorial staff of “Messenger” magazine during the turbulent 1960s and ’70s, when he made creative contributions to the church that still speak today. Morse wrote the lyrics for this alternative Christmas carol, and a new tune with harmonization by Wilbur Brumbaugh. Read more »


Dranesville holds Peace Service marking anniversary of Civil War battle (December 13, 2012)

At the start of the Civil War, Union and Confederate troops met at Dranesville, Va., in a short, bloody battle that left more than 50 dead and 200 wounded. Today, part of the battlefield belongs to Dranesville Church of the Brethren. On Dec. 16, at 7 p.m., the congregation will gather to remember the battle and pray for peace. Read more »


Brethren make efforts to support Nigerians in the face of violence (December 13, 2012)

Several efforts to support and encourage Nigerian Brethren affected by violence are being made by American Brethren, responding to concern for Nigeria expressed during the Annual Conference in July and to news of continuing incidents of terrorist violence. A season of prayer for Nigeria has been announced by Annual Conference moderator Bob Krouse. Read more »


Brethren bits for Dec. 13, 2012 (December 13, 2012)

Brethren bits remembers former denominational staff member and a groundbreaking woman pilot, announces faculty openings at Bethany Seminary along with new writing positions for Brethren and Mennonite curriculum, internship and volunteer opportunities, more disaster response and Advent events, amid lots of Brethren news! Read more »


Newsline for Dec. 13, 2012 (December 13, 2012)

1) Brethren Disaster Ministries celebrates with Pulaski. 2) Fund makes grants to start new Brethren disaster project, aid Congolese refugees. 3) Brethren make efforts to support Nigerians in the face of violence. 4) Nigerian Brethren development center graduates 167 women. 5) Pacific Northwest District announces its new name. 6) New Life Ministries concludes its ministry, passes baton to E3. 7) ‘Brethren Voices’ is now broadcast across the country. 8) Mission office sends new program volunteers to South Sudan, Nigeria. 9) Dranesville holds Peace Service marking anniversary of Civil War battle. 10) Workcamp office highlights ‘We Are Able’ event. 11) Springs of Living Water Academy in Church Renewal launches in 2013. 12) Advent reflection: 75th anniversary of the disappearance of China missionaries. 13) Brethren bits. Read more »


Workcamp office highlights ‘We Are Able’ event (December 12, 2012)

The Church of the Brethren’s Workcamp Office is highlighting a special workcamp to take place next summer: the “We Are Able” workcamp for intellectually and physically disabled young adults. Read more »


Advent reflection: 75th anniversary of the disappearance of China missionaries (December 12, 2012)

On Dec. 2, 1937, Minneva Neher was serving as a Church of the Brethren missionary in China, along with Alva and Mary Harsh. That day, 75 years ago, she and the Harshes were called to come outside the compound to provide assistance for someone in need. They were never heard from again. Read more »


‘Brethren Voices’ is now broadcast across the country (December 12, 2012)

What was meant to be a local community television program informing others about the Church of the Brethren has now taken on a much wider scope. In its 8th year of production, “Brethren Voices,” the community television program of Portland (Ore.) Peace Church of the Brethren, is being broadcast in communities on the East Coast and West Coast and places in between. Read more »


Springs of Living Water Academy in Church Renewal launches in 2013 (December 12, 2012)

The Springs of Living Water initiative for church renewal is announcing a new academy for pastors and church leaders, which will offer courses with formal learning objectives that participants will localize in their own settings. Read more »


Mission office sends new program volunteers to South Sudan, Nigeria (December 12, 2012)

A new volunteer has begun serving in South Sudan on behalf of the Church of the Brethren, and two new staff soon will arrive in Nigeria. The three are program volunteers for the denomination’s Global Mission and Service office, and will work as seconded staff for Sudanese and Nigerian organizations respectively. Read more »


Nigerian Brethren development center graduates 167 women (December 11, 2012)

The Women Development Center of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has graduated 167 women at its 11th graduation ceremony. Read more »


Pacific Northwest District announces its new name (December 11, 2012)

The former Oregon and Washington District is changing its name to Pacific Northwest District. “Our District Conference in September affirmed this change,” reports district executive minister J. Colleen Michael. Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries celebrates with Pulaski (December 11, 2012)

Brethren Disaster Ministries started its Pulaski, Va., project site in August last year. Since then, several hundred volunteers have helped rebuild what two tornadoes tore down. Read more »


Fund makes grants to start new Brethren disaster project, aid Congolese refugees (December 11, 2012)

Grants from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) have been given to start a Brethren Disaster Ministries rebuilding site in southeastern Indiana, and to help a church group aid Congolese refugees fleeing violence. Read more »


Gunmen attack EYN church, kill pastor and 10 church members (December 3, 2012)

Leaders of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) are reaching out to American Brethren for prayer and Christian support following an attack by gunmen who killed an EYN pastor and 10 church members. “We would like you to continue to pray for the church of God in Nigeria,” said an e-mail from EYN Read more »