News Archives December, 2016


We rejoice this Advent season': Annual Conference moderator sends Christmas letter (December 17, 2016)

Grace and Peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. We rejoice this Advent season as we celebrate the incarnation--God’s astounding act of love to become human, live among us, and lead us out from our darkness. “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” Read more »


Brethren bits for Dec. 16, 2016 (December 16, 2016)

Personnel news, Annual Conference moderator-elect receives City of Rockford award, “Night Circle” of Crest Manor Church makes and shares Christmas stockings, people of goodwill in Lancaster County--including Brethren and Mennonites--get a “shout out” from local media. Read more »


Trip to Nigeria connects with peacebuilding efforts, food crisis needs (December 16, 2016)

Jennifer Hosler and I recently traveled to Nigeria to consult, connect with, and support the development and peacebuilding work of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Jennifer traveled to Nigeria in her role as a member of the advisory committee of the Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Initiative. In this role, she met with EYN leaders and members who had traveled to Ghana in September 2016, together with Jeff Boshart (Global Food Initiative director) to learn about soybean projects. Read more »


Newsline for Dec. 16, 2016 (December 16, 2016)

1) ‘We rejoice this Advent season’: Annual Conference moderator sends Christmas letter 2) CDS continues Healing Hearts training in Nigeria 3) Trip to Nigeria connects with peacebuilding efforts, food crisis needs 4) Brethren bits Read more »


CDS continues Healing Hearts training in Nigeria (December 16, 2016)

We are so grateful that John Kinsel was able to return to Nigeria earlier this month and provide additional Healing Hearts training, trauma healing for children, and follow-up on behalf of Children’s Disaster Services (CDS). He was again hosted by Suzan Mark, director of EYN (Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) Women’s Ministry. Read more »


Newsline for Dec. 10, 2016 (December 11, 2016)

NEWS 1) Creation Care Study Committee invites responses to survey 2) World Council of Churches issues statement on climate justice 3) Bethany is among 'Seminaries That Change the World' 4) Multicultural tour to the Holy Land is a success PERSONNEL 5) National Youth Cabinet is named for 2017-18 6) Bethany Seminary fills positions in admissions and student services RESOURCES 7) ‘Art for Nigeria’: Nigeria has given me much, I hope to give some back 8) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for Dec. 10, 2016 (December 11, 2016)

In this issue: Correction, Clergy Tax Seminar, congregations support their Muslim neighbors, “Practical Peacemaking Tips” from N. Ohio District, special Christmas events, ecumenical Christian leader detained and deported from Israel, and more Read more »


Creation Care Study Committee invites responses to survey (December 10, 2016)

The Creation Care Study Committee was created at the 2016 Annual Conference in response to a query that challenges us to respond more fully to two resolutions on climate change (1991 and 2001). Our charge is to catalyze action, particularly in relation to transitioning to renewable energy and reducing fossil fuel* usage (www.brethren.org/news/2016/creation-care-study-committee.html . Read more »


Multicultural tour to the Holy Land is a success (December 10, 2016)

Nineteen people enjoyed the opportunity to visit Israel while having fellowship, sharing meaningful scripture readings on biblical sites, and bringing scripture alive in their souls and minds. The trip was organized by the Renacer Hispanic Ministry under the leadership of Stafford Frederick and Daniel D’Oleo as a fundraising event to support the vision and ministry of the Renacer Hispanic Ministry. Read more »


National Youth Cabinet is named for 2017-18 (December 10, 2016)

The Church of the Brethren Youth and Young Adult Ministry has named a 2017-18 National Youth Cabinet. Members of the group are: Read more »


‘Art for Nigeria’: Nigeria has given me much, I hope to give some back (December 10, 2016)

On the night of April 14 and early morning of April 15 in 2014, militants of the terror group Boko Haram attacked the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok. The militants quickly overwhelmed the small paramilitary contingent based in Chibok and abducted around 276 high school-age girl students, most of whom were members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Read more »


Brethren bits for Dec. 3, 2016 (December 3, 2016)

In this issue: Remembering Ferne Baldwin and Barbara McFadden, On Earth Peace internship opportunities, update of the Manual of Organization and Polity, Healthy Boundaries 101 webcast, registration opens for Christian Citizenship Seminar 2017, distributions of food in Haiti, and much more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Newsline for Dec. 3, 2016 (December 3, 2016)

NEWS 1) Annual Conference moderator shares Bible study for December 2) EDF grants are directed to aid refugees from Syria, Burundi 3) Global Food Initiative supports agricultural work in Haiti, garden projects in US 4) Brethren complete Nigeria workcamp 5) Interfaith vigil at University of La Verne responds to hate letter RESOURCES 6) Brethren Press carries new study resources for Advent, Winter quarter 7) Brethren bits Read more »


Interfaith vigil at University of La Verne responds to hate letter (December 3, 2016)

An interfaith vigil held at the University of La Verne (ULV), a Church of the Brethren-related school in southern California, in collaboration with the Inland Valley Interfaith Network. The vigil was held after an anonymous threatening letter was received at the Islamic Center of Claremont, Calif., one of several such hate letters that have been sent to mosques and Islamic centers. Read more »


Brethren complete Nigeria workcamp (December 2, 2016)

With blue and yellow t-shirts marking the occasion, a group of Brethren from the United States joined Nigerian counterparts in a workcamp with the motto, “Come Let Us Rebuild.” The workcamp was sponsored by the Brethren Evangelical Support Trust (BEST) and Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Nine American Brethren led by Global Mission and Service executive director Jay Wittmeyer traveled to Nigeria for a two-week church construction project from Nov. 7-18. Read more »


Brethren Press carries new study resources for Advent, Winter quarter  (December 2, 2016)

Several new study resources for the Advent season and the Winter curriculum quarter are now available from Brethren Press. The new resources include “Unwrapping the Gift of Advent” in the Vital Ministry Journey study series; the Winter quarter of the Shine curriculum exploring the life and ministry of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Matthew; a new Believers Church Bible Commentary on Philippians. Read more »


Global Food Initiative supports agricultural work in Haiti, garden projects in US  (December 2, 2016)

The Global Food Initiative of the Church of the Brethren is giving grants to support agricultural work in Haiti and garden projects in the United States. Other grants will help carry out program evaluations in a number of African nations. Read more »


EDF grants are directed to aid refugees from Syria, Burundi (December 2, 2016)

Brethren Disaster Ministries has directed grants from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to aid Syrian and other refugees sheltering in Lebanon, and refugees from Burundi who have fled to Tanzania. Read more »