News Archives December, 2014


US and Cuban councils of churches issue joint statement (December 22, 2014)

In the wake of last Wednesday’s announcement of President Obama’s intentions to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba, which would end a half century political stand off between the two nations, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) and the Cuban Council of Churches issued a joint statement expressing “great joy and celebration.” Following is the full statement, as published in a press release from the NCC: Read more »


Brethren Disaster Relief Auction gives half million dollars for Nigeria relief (December 22, 2014)

After a special request for support of the Nigeria Crisis Response, the Brethren Disaster Relief Auction board has allocated $500,000 to the Church of the Brethren Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) which is administered by Brethren Disaster Ministries. This is the auction’s largest grant ever to the EDF and the disaster relief work of the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Newsline for Dec. 22, 2014 (December 22, 2014)

NEWS 1) Brethren Disaster Relief Auction gives half million dollars for Nigeria relief 2) Brethren Disaster Ministries leader returns from trip to Nigeria, reports on EYN progress in midst of crisis 3) US and Cuban councils of churches issue joint statement UPCOMING EVENTS: 4) Webinar series takes a look at ‘family matters’ 5) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for Dec. 22, 2014 (December 22, 2014)

In this issue: Important e-mail sent to pastors and church board chairs about IRS changes for church employees, remembering Mary Petre and Sam Smith, personnel notice from Bethany, Juniata seeks director for Baker Institute, denomination seeks donor relations program assistant, registration opens soon for Annual Conference and other 2015 events, applications due for Ministry Summer Service and Youth Peace Travel Team, youth ministry and clergy tax webinars Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries leader returns from trip to Nigeria, reports on EYN progress in midst of crisis (December 22, 2014)

How can we find ways to find hope in this crisis in Nigeria? The core leadership of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) is safely settling into temporary homes and establishing an annex or temporary headquarters for the church. In our many meetings with EYN leadership the challenge is clearly daunting, but we found time to laugh and rejoice in God. Read more »


Webinar series takes a look at ‘family matters’ (December 22, 2014)

A webinar series titled “Family Matters” is offered by the Church of the Brethren Congregational Life Ministries and partners in the United Kingdom. Although the initial webinar in the series has already taken place, “Family Matters” webinars will continue in 2015 with one offered each month from January through May. Read more »


Brethren Academy updates course list for 2015 (December 10, 2014)

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership has issued an updated list of courses for 2015. The Brethren Academy is a partnership of the Church of the Brethren and Bethany Theological Seminary. Read more »


Church of the Brethren general secretary attends launch of Ecumenical Peace Advocacy Network (December 10, 2014)

To build just and sustainable peace, engaging churches as well as ecumenical organizations and civil society, the World Council of Churches (WCC) has launched an Ecumenical Peace Advocacy Network (EPAN). The launch came out of a consultation on Dec. 1-5 in Sigtuna, Sweden. Read more »


Newsline for Dec. 10, 2014 (December 10, 2014)

NEWS: 1) Church of the Brethren general secretary attends launch of Ecumenical Peace Advocacy Network. PERSONNEL: 2) Jocelyn Snyder to coordinate orientation for Brethren Volunteer Service. UPCOMING EVENTS: 3) Children’s Disaster Services workshops offer training opportunities. 4) Brethren Academy updates course list for 2015. FEATURES: 5) The Pastor’s Study: Leaning into the Light. 6) Iraqi Kurdistan: Project ‘Bringing Hope and Fun’ begins in Arbat IDP camp. 7) Brethren bits. Read more »


The Pastor’s Study: Leaning into the Light  (December 10, 2014)

Advent is upon us. The four Sundays before Christmas are set apart by the church as a season of waiting with anticipation for the Light of the World. Read more »


Brethren bits for Dec. 10, 2014 (December 10, 2014)

In this issue: Peter Becker Community announces leadership transition, Bethany Seminary seeks director of educational technology, Kulp Bible College resumes classes in new location in Nigeria, Little Swatara celebrates a 50th, Living Stream online worship features the Mambulas, and much much more. Read more »


Jocelyn Snyder to coordinate orientation for Brethren Volunteer Service (December 10, 2014)

Jocelyn Snyder begins Jan. 5 as orientation coordinator for Brethren Volunteer Service. Her work will be based at the BVS office at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services workshops offer training opportunities (December 10, 2014)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS), which is a Church of the Brethren program and a part of Brethren Disaster Ministries, has announced a number of workshops in early 2015. Read more »


Newsline for Dec. 2, 2014 (December 2, 2014)

NEWS 1) Haiti Medical Project receives second grant from Royer Family Charitable Foundation. 2) Congregational Life Ministries leader addresses Powerhouse at Camp Mack. PERSONNEL 3) Carl and Roxane Hill to co-direct Nigeria crisis response RESOURCES 4) Congregational Life blog adds dimension to Brethren Press Advent devotional FEATURES 5) Reflections on returning to South Sudan. 6) Borderlands reflection: ‘What did you go out to the desert to see?’ Luke 7:26. 7) Brethren bits Read more »


Haiti Medical Project receives second grant from Royer Family Charitable Foundation (December 2, 2014)

For the second year the Royer Family Charitable Foundation of Lancaster, Pa., is providing major support to the Church of the Brethren Haiti Medical Project. The current grant of $126,300 will support an expanded program of mobile clinics, a first Social Ministries Consultation in Haiti, a new thrust into community health and pure water projects, and an endowment fund. Read more »


Carl and Roxane Hill to co-direct Nigeria crisis response (December 2, 2014)

Carl and Roxane Hill have been named co-directors of the Nigerian Crisis Response for the Church of the Brethren, beginning Dec. 1. They will be working as part of the Global Mission and Service department and Brethren Disaster Ministries, and will be based at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Read more »


Congregational Life Ministries leader addresses Powerhouse at Camp Mack (December 2, 2014)

More than 80 youth and advisors met at Camp Mack in Milford, Ind., on Nov. 15-16 for the Powerhouse regional youth conference sponsored by Manchester University. All six Midwest districts of the Church of the Brethren were represented, covering Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Read more »


Brethren bits for Dec. 2, 2014 (December 2, 2014)

In this issue: Correction, Fellowship of Brethren Homes personnel announcements, Brethren Disaster Ministries seeks volunteers to work in Nigeria, registration is open for CCS 2015, LOVE EYN at Frederick, and more. Read more »


Congregational Life blog adds dimension to Brethren Press Advent devotional (December 2, 2014)

Congregational Life Ministries staff are posting a daily blog on www.brethren.org to accompany the 2014 Advent devotional published by Brethren Press. The blogposts are provided each day from the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 30, through Epiphany on Jan. 6, 2015. Read more »


Reflections on returning to South Sudan (December 2, 2014)

“Malέ?” the Nuer greeting of “peace” filled the air as I reconnected with Nuer people of the Mayom/Bentiu area of South Sudan after 34 years. What a joyous occasion to again see these friends and to be able to introduce them to Jay Wittmeyer on our recent trip to South Sudan. This meeting confirmed the importance of the presence of the Church of the Brethren personnel from the 1980s to the present as we worked on issues of development and peace. Read more »