News Archives February, 2018


Newsline for Feb. 23, 2018 (February 23, 2018)

NEWS 1) Leadership Team moves compelling vision process forward 2) New international partnership welcomes seminary students PERSONNEL 3) Bethany Seminary hires new executive director of finance 4) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for Feb. 23, 2018 (February 23, 2018)

In this issue: Remembering J. Wayne Judd and Betty Alverta Young, job openings and internships, annual Advocacy Summit of Churches for Middle East Peace, upcoming courses from the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Leadership Team moves compelling vision process forward (February 23, 2018)

Through recent Annual Conference decisions* the delegate body has called the Leadership Team along with the Council of District Executives to develop a process through which the church will engage in conversations that will lead us to a “compelling vision” for our life together. Read more »


A pastoral letter for a time of grief and fear (February 16, 2018)

“A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.” --Matthew 2:18 Read more »


Brethren bits for Feb. 8, 2018 (February 8, 2018)

In this issue: Remembrance, personnel notes, job openings, goats distributed in Nigeria, prayer for Syria, tell the government your service story, BVS featured in Dunker Punks podcast, Pottstown 100th anniversary, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Church of the Brethren and EYN volunteers intermingle in Nigeria church rebuilding (February 8, 2018)

In continued work together to rebuild the devastated church denomination in Nigeria, members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and the Church of the Brethren in the US converged at the tumble-down church building of EYN’s LCC No. 1, Michika congregation in Adamawa State. This is the place where EYN president Joel Billi pastored until Sept. 7, 2014, when the church was attacked, and some members were killed. Assistant pastor Yahaya Ahmadu was shot to death and the entire church structure including the pastorium, offices, schools, library, stores, church building, and property, was set ablaze by the Islamist Jihadists known as Boko Haram. Read more »


Newsline for Feb. 8, 2018 (February 8, 2018)

NEWS 1) Paul Mundey and Pam Reist top Annual Conference ballot for 2018 2) Congregational Life Ministries issues invitation to a conversation about white supremacy 3) Church of the Brethren and EYN volunteers intermingle in Nigeria church rebuilding 4) ConocoPhillips resumes in-person annual shareholder meetings with Internet availability 5) UN implementing plan of action for religious leaders to prevent incitement to violence 6) Global Women’s Project helps EYN women attend Bethany extension courses 7) Forty years of the Global Women’s Project UPCOMING EVENTS 8) Church planting conference has new name, new focus 9) Speakers for National Youth Conference are announced 10) Midwestern districts sponsor conference on biblical authority REFLECTION 11) Just by our being there: Reflections on a workcamp in Nigeria 12) Brethren bits Read more »


Church planting conference has new name, new focus (February 8, 2018)

The Church of the Brethren’s every-other-year conference on new church development has a new name and a new focus: “New and Renew: Revitalize Plant Grow.” Sponsored by Congregational Life Ministries and held at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., the conference is planned for May 16-19. “The Risk and Reward of Embodying Jesus Locally” is the theme. Read more »


Midwestern districts sponsor conference on biblical authority (February 8, 2018)

Six midwestern districts of the Church of the Brethren including Illinois and Wisconsin, Michigan, Northern Indiana, Northern Ohio, South Central Indiana, and Southern Ohio, are sponsoring a conference titled “Conversations about Biblical Authority.” Read more »


Just by our being there: Reflections on a workcamp in Nigeria (February 8, 2018)

One of the older Nigerian workcampers came up to me in our second week in Michika and said, “You are an inspiration. If you can leave your comfortable lives to come here and work with us, then I too can come out of my home to work on my church.” Read more »


Speakers for National Youth Conference are announced (February 8, 2018)

The NYC office has announced the list of speakers for the event. The speakers, including new and familiar names this year, will address the theme “Bound Together, Clothed in Christ” (Colossians 3:12-15). Read more »


Paul Mundey and Pam Reist top Annual Conference ballot for 2018 (February 6, 2018)

The ballot that will be presented to the 2018 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren has been released. Topping the ballot are two nominees for Annual Conference moderator-elect: Paul Mundey and Pam Reist. Other offices to be filled by election of the delegate body are positions on the Program and Arrangements Committee, Pastoral Compensation and Benefits Advisory Committee, Mission and Ministry Board, and the boards of Bethany Theological Seminary, Brethren Benefit Trust, and On Earth Peace. Read more »


Global Women’s Project helps EYN women attend Bethany extension courses (February 5, 2018)

The Global Women’s Project (GWP) provided financial help to women members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) participate in courses at the new Bethany Seminary technology center in Jos, Nigeria. The GWP is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It is a Church of the Brethren-related nonprofit working for women’s empowerment and economic justice and provides grants to a variety of projects for economic empowerment of women all around the world. Read more »


Forty years of the Global Women’s Project (February 5, 2018)

In July of 1978, Church of the Brethren women gathered at Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind., to share our stories and our concerns as women to live and serve responsibly in the church and in the world. It was a time when as a nation we had just lived through the Vietnam War and the tensions of the civil rights movement, and now it seemed we were moving precariously closer to a nuclear holocaust. Read more »