News Archives December, 2019


Disaster Recovery Support Initiative to be taken up by Church World Service  (December 19, 2019)

A pilot program to help communities launch long-term recovery following disasters is growing ecumenically. Over the past two years the disaster ministries of the Church of the Brethren, the United Church of Christ (UCC), and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have joined forces to pioneer the Disaster Recovery Support Initiative (DRSI) in nine states and US territories. Now DRSI is folding into the disaster programs of Church World Service (CWS), a faith-based organization with 37 member communions including the Church of the Brethren. CWS responds to hunger, poverty, displacement, and disaster around the globe. Read more »


Newsline for Dec. 19, 2019 (December 19, 2019)

NEWS 1) Disaster Recovery Support Initiative to be taken up by Church World Service 2) Jay Wittmeyer resigns as executive director of Global Mission and Service 3) Brethren bits Read more »


Jay Wittmeyer resigns as executive director of Global Mission and Service (December 19, 2019)

Jay Wittmeyer has resigned as executive director of Global Mission and Service, effective Jan. 13, 2020. He is taking a position as executive director of Lombard (Ill.) Mennonite Peace Center, where he was assistant director before working for the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Brethren bits for Dec. 19, 2019 (December 19, 2019)

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New and Renew church planting event to focus on 'The Reward of Risk’ (December 13, 2019)

The Church of the Brethren’s church planting conference, held every other year, will meet next on May 13-15, 2020. Under the title “New and Renew: Revitalize - Plant - Grow” the event’s theme, “The Reward of Risk,” is based on Matthew 25:28 in The Message: “Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most.” Read more »


Newsline for Dec. 13, 2019 (December 13, 2019)

NEWS 1) Brethren gather to discern a global Brethren alliance 2) Preachers for the 2020 Annual Conference are announced 3) Church of the Brethren signs letter to presidential candidates on military budget 4) A witness to ancient stones and living stones of faith UPCOMING EVENTS 5) New and Renew church planting event to focus on 'The Reward of Risk’ 6) Webinar is offered on topic of ‘Mission and Money in Church Planting’ 7) Spring break service trips are offered by Brethren Volunteer Service 8) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for Dec. 13, 2019 (December 13, 2019)

Remembering Samuel H. Flora Jr. and Ernest G. Barr, personnel notices and job openings, BVS Christmas cards, registration deadlines, live nativities at Church of the Brethren congregations, Living Stream’s “The Longest Night” retreat, Dranesville’s Civil War/Civil Peace event, Roundtable, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Brethren gather to discern a global Brethren alliance (December 13, 2019)

Meeting in Kwarhi, Nigeria, Brethren gathered from across the globe to discuss the vision of becoming a global church body. Hosted by the Nigerian Brethren, representatives came from Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the United States, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Spain, and Nigeria for the meeting. Read more »


Webinar is offered on topic of ‘Mission and Money in Church Planting’ (December 12, 2019)

A webinar on “Mission and Money in Church Planting” is offered by the Church of the Brethren Discipleship Ministries on March 10, 2020, at 3-4 p.m. (Eastern time). The presenter will be David Fitch is Betty R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary in Chicago, Ill. Read more »


Church of the Brethren signs letter to presidential candidates on military budget (December 12, 2019)

The Church of the Brethren is one of 32 faith groups that signed a letter to the 2020 presidential candidates calling for a reduction in military spending and redirection of those funds to address needs such as poverty, hunger, education, healthcare, and the environment, among others. An additional 72 individual faith leaders also have signed the letter. Read more »


A witness to ancient stones and living stones of faith (December 12, 2019)

A few weeks ago, I traveled with the executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), Mae Elise Cannon, and Erik Apelgårdh of the World Council of Churches (WCC), to Iraqi Kurdistan. The intent was to expand CMEP’s work in the region, with a particular focus on the sustainability of the historic Christian communities and access to humanitarian assistance. Read more »


Preachers for the 2020 Annual Conference are announced (December 3, 2019)

The Annual Conference Program and Arrangements Committee has released the names of those preaching for the daily worship services at the 2020 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren. The Conference takes place in Grand Rapids, Mich., on July 1-5. Read more »


Spring break service trips are offered by Brethren Volunteer Service (December 2, 2019)

For the first time, Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) is offering spring break service trips for college students. Join BVS in Boston either the first or second week of March 2020 for the opportunity to serve with organizations that are working to end hunger and provide essential resources to the Boston community. Read more »