News Archives February, 2013


Bethany Seminary announces new presidential leadership (February 23, 2013)

The Bethany Theological Seminary Board of Trustees has announced that Jeffrey W. Carter of Manassas, Va., has accepted the call to serve as the seminary’s tenth president, beginning July 1. “The board of trustees is very pleased that someone with Dr. Carter’s commitment, talents, and background answered the call to the leadership of Bethany,” stated Lynn Myers, chair of the board. Read more »


Proposals to reduce gun violence: Church representative attends Senate Subcommittee hearing (February 22, 2013)

Last week, I represented the Church of the Brethren by attending a hearing held by the US Senate’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights. The hearing was entitled “Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment.” The event was presided over by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and it provided an array of incredibly informative testimony regarding the effectiveness of certain gun laws, the human cost of gun violence, and what lessons from the past we can apply to our present problems. Read more »


Brethren bits for Feb. 21 (February 22, 2013)

Noted in this issue: The Pope’s resignation, employee notices and job openings, former BVSers remembered, the CT Project for CDS, NOAC registration, other Brethren-related efforts against gun violence, among lots and lots more news from across the church and around the world. Read more »


Church of the Brethren written testimony to the Senate Subcommittee hearing on 'Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence' (February 22, 2013)

The written testimony, submitted in letter form, made by the Peace Witness Ministry on behalf of the Church of the Brethren denomination to the Senate Subcommittee hearing on 'Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence,' held Feb. 11, 2013. Read more »


Newsline for Feb. 21, 2013 (February 22, 2013)

1) Beam and Steele head up Annual Conference ballot for 2013. 2) Ten receive Church of the Brethren nursing scholarships in 2012. 3) Executive Committee of denominational board holds January meeting. 4) ‘Going to the Garden’ grants go to five churches so far. 5) National Youth Cabinet meets, announces theme for NYC 2014. 6) Brethren Academy issues update on spring and summer courses. 7) Upcoming college speakers include Nobel peace laureate, popular religion scholar. 8) Proposals to reduce gun violence: Church representative attends Senate Subcommittee hearing. 9) ‘A trying moment in Nigeria’: An EYN leader tallies deaths and churches lost to violence. 10) Brethren bits. Read more »


‘Going to the Garden’ grants go to five churches so far (February 21, 2013)

Church of the Brethren congregations across the country have begun applying for and receiving “Going to the Garden” grants as part of a new initiative to support congregationally based community gardens. “Going to the Garden” is an initiative of the Peace Witness Ministry and aims to address food insecurity, environmental degradation, and poverty. It is funded by $30,000 designated from the Global Food Crisis Fund. Read more »


Brethren Academy issues update on spring and summer courses (February 21, 2013)

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, and partners including the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC) and other district-based programs, has issued an update on spring and summer courses for 2013. Read more »


Beam and Steele head up Annual Conference ballot for 2013 (February 21, 2013)

The Standing Committee of district delegates has released a ballot for the 2013 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren. The Conference takes place June 29-July 3 in Charlotte, N.C. Nominees are listed below, by position: Read more »


Executive Committee of denominational board holds January meeting (February 21, 2013)

The Executive Committee of the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board met in Cocoa Beach, Fla., on Jan. 25-26, following meetings of other denominational leaders. Read more »


Upcoming college speakers include Nobel peace laureate, popular religion scholar (February 21, 2013)

Church of the Brethren-related colleges are hosting some well-known speakers for upcoming events, including well known religion scholar Diana Butler Bass who will speak at Bridgewater (Va.) College, and Nobel Peace laureate Leymah Gbowee who will speak at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. Read more »


Ten receive Church of the Brethren nursing scholarships in 2012 (February 20, 2013)

Ten nursing students are recipients of Church of the Brethren Nursing Scholarships for 2012. This scholarship, made possible by the Health Education and Research Endowment, is available to members of the church enrolled in LPN, RN, or nursing graduate programs. Read more »


National Youth Cabinet meets, announces theme for NYC 2014 (February 20, 2013)

A theme has been chosen for the National Youth Conference (NYC) July 19-24, 2014, at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. The announcement came out of a meeting of the National Youth Cabinet this past weekend. The NYC theme will be “Called by Christ, Blessed for the Journey Together." Read more »


‘A trying moment in Nigeria’: An EYN leader tallies deaths and churches lost to violence (February 20, 2013)

The following tally of deaths, burned churches, and loss of property among members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) provides a stark picture of the suffering of Nigerian Brethren since the extremist Islamist sect Boko Haram began terrorist operations in northern Nigeria around 2009. Read more »


Alert regarding fraudulent e-mail (February 20, 2013)

A fraudulent e-mail has been sent to some Brethren using a fake Hotmail account and the name of Jay Wittmeyer, Global Mission and Service executive director, claiming to ask for funds for the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria. This e-mail is not from Jay Wittmeyer and not from the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


More Nigerian Brethren die in violent attacks, US workcampers return home safely (February 11, 2013)

More Nigerian Brethren have died in violent attacks on churches of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). The LCC Samunaka church on the outskirts of the city of Mubi was attacked twice in four days, first on Feb. 1 and again on Feb. 4. At least 15 people were killed in the attacks, including eight members of the congregation. Two visitors from the US church were in Mubi on the day of the first attack on the Samunaka church. Read more »


Brethren bits for Feb. 7, 2013 (February 7, 2013)

This issue of Brethren bits notes: new staff for Donor Relations and Camp Pine Lake, Lent resources, Calvary Church helps celebrate preacher’s 96th, “Brethren Voices” comes all the way from Japan! Also: presidents of Brethren-related colleges sign gun control letter, major new peace prize for children and youth, and more news for and from the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Newsline for Feb. 7, 2013 (February 7, 2013)

1) Christian Churches Together urges fundamental immigration reform. 2) Committee to study ecumenism in the 21st century. 3) Health care tax credit can help churches and organizations. 4) Nursing scholarships are available through the Church of the Brethren. 5) Kostlevy to direct Brethren Historical Library and Archives. 6) Youth Peace Travel Team named for 2013. 7) Brethren Press offers new resources for the spring and summer. 8) Signs of the seasons: Lent. 9) Founding pastor’s family reflects on 99 years with Arcadia Church. 10) Brethren bits. Read more »


Brethren Press offers new resources for the spring and summer (February 7, 2013)

Brethren Press is offering a number of new resources for Christian education and curriculum options for congregations to use this spring and summer. Among the new resources, a Vacation Bible School curriculum titled “Breathe It In: God Gives Life,” an outdoor ministries resource “Inside Out,” a new spring quarter of “A Guide for Biblical Studies,” a summer quarter of Gather ’Round on the theme “God’s Good Creation” suitable for multi-age groups, and a new Covenant Bible Study on 1 John. All of these resources may be ordered from Brethren Press by calling 800-441-3712 or ordering online at www.brethrenpress.com . Read more »


Committee to study ecumenism in the 21st century (February 6, 2013)

A study committee on “The Church of the Brethren and Ecumenism in the 21st Century” has been named. The group is to prepare a statement for Annual Conference giving vision and direction to the Church of the Brethren’s participation in the worldwide community of Christian communions. Read more »


Nursing scholarships are available through the Church of the Brethren (February 6, 2013)

The Church of the Brethren awards a limited number of scholarships each year to individuals enrolled in a nursing program. Candidates for the scholarships must be enrolled in a LPN, RN, or nursing graduate program, and be members of the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Signs of the seasons: Lent (February 6, 2013)

This quarter, a Gather 'Round resource pack poster is helping Middler children learn about the seasons of the Christian calendar. Read more »


Youth Peace Travel Team named for 2013 (February 6, 2013)

Members of the Church of the Brethren’s Youth Peace Travel Team for 2013 have been announced: Jacob Crouse, Heather Gentry, and Amanda McLearn-Montz. Read more »


Christian Churches Together urges fundamental immigration reform (February 4, 2013)

Christian leaders representing the breadth of Christian churches and denominations in the United States issued a strong and urgent call for fundamental immigration reform at an annual meeting of Christian Churches Together (CCT). The Church of the Brethren was represented by general secretary Stan Noffsinger, Annual Conference moderator Bob Krouse and moderator-elect Nancy Heishman, and Brethren Press publisher Wendy McFadden. Read more »