News Archives February, 2019


New parking lot tax may affect some congregations (February 28, 2019)

A change to the Internal Revenue Code imposes a new tax on parking facilities owned by nonprofits, and may affect some churches. This new business income tax provision is found in Section 512(a)(7) of the code. Read more »


Germantown Church of the Brethren is celebrating 300 years (February 28, 2019)

Germantown (Pa.) Church of the Brethren is starting a five-year celebration of its 300th anniversary this year. The congregation located in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia is considered to be the “mother church” of the denomination as the first congregation that the Brethren established in the Americas. Read more »


Brethren bits for February 22, 2019 (February 22, 2019)

Remembrance, personnel notes, prayer requests from Nigeria and Haiti, Bridgewater College project, Dunker Punks podcast, and more Read more »


Global Food Initiative manager visits sites in Ecuador (February 22, 2019)

In January GFI manager Jeff Boshart visited Fundación Brethren y Unida in Picalqui, Ecuador, making several field visits and attending a board of directors meeting as a new member. Read more »


Newsline for February 22, 2019 (February 22, 2019)

NEWS 1) Annual Conference registration opens March 4, business schedule will focus on compelling vision 2) Compelling vision online conversation is offered March 23 3) Interfaith letter opposes CIA lethal drone strikes, Brethren invited to May 3 rally against drone warfare 4) Global Food Initiative manager visits sites in Ecuador 5) National Youth Cabinet is named for 2019-2020 6) Brethren bits: Remembrance, personnel notes, prayer requests from Nigeria and Haiti, Bridgewater College project, Dunker Punks podcast, and more Read more »


Interfaith letter opposes CIA lethal drone strikes, Brethren invited to May 3 rally against drone warfare (February 21, 2019)

The Church of the Brethren has signed an interfaith letter to the US Congress about CIA drone strikes. The sign-on by the denomination’s Office of Peacebuilding and Policy represented one of 25 faith-based organizations that together released the statement on Feb. 19. The letter asks members of Congress to end the CIA’s use of armed drones to carry out lethal attacks. Find the full text of the letter below. Read more »


Compelling vision online conversation is offered March 23 (February 21, 2019)

The Compelling Vision Process Team is hosting an online compelling vision conversation on Saturday, March 23, at 3 p.m. (Eastern time). This is an opportunity for those who have been unable to participate in one of the district-based gatherings to take part in a compelling vision conversation. Read more »


Annual Conference registration opens March 4, business schedule will focus on compelling vision (February 21, 2019)

Annual Conference 2019 will be a very different event this year, according to Conference director Chris Douglas. Instead of a usual business schedule, the delegate body will spend much of its time in compelling vision conversations. Nondelegates may reserve seats at tables during the business sessions in order to fully participate in those conversations. And the Conference will hold a love feast for the first time in decades. Read more »


National Youth Cabinet is named for 2019-2020 (February 21, 2019)

A Church of the Brethren National Youth Cabinet has been named for 2019-2020. The group will work with the Youth and Young Adult Ministry director Becky Ullom Naugle to select the theme and write worship resources for National Youth Sunday in 2019 and in 2020. Read more »


Newsline for February 9, 2019 (February 9, 2019)

NEWS 1) Joe A. Detrick and David Sollenberger top Annual Conference ballot for 2019 2) Brethren are invited to spiritual preparation for visioning at Annual Conference 3) National commission considers changes to Selective Service 4) Boko Haram attack three villages in Adamawa State, Nigeria PERSONNEL 5) Emily Tyler begins as director of Brethren Volunteer Service 6) Thriving in Ministry program begins, Dana Cassell hired as manager 7) Shannon McNeil to be on team of advocates for Mission Advancement UPCOMING EVENTS 8) Children’s Disaster Services schedules training workshops for 2019 9) Haiti mission education trip is announced 10) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for Feb. 9, 2019 (February 8, 2019)

In this issue: Remembering John Heisel, job opening with BBT, “Calling Stories” project, Intercultural Ministries director preaching for Living Stream, call to prayer for Nigeria abductions, Poor People’s Campaign online discussion, Ventures course on “Growing an Inclusive Multicultural Church,” Brethren participation in Martin Luther King Day events, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Shannon McNeil to be on team of advocates for Mission Advancement (February 8, 2019)

Shannon McNeil has been hired by the Church of the Brethren as a fulltime Mission Advancement advocate, working out of the General Offices in Elgin, Ill. She and Nancy Timbrook McCrickard will serve as a team of advocates working at relationship-building with donors. Read more »


Brethren are invited to spiritual preparation for visioning at Annual Conference (February 8, 2019)

The Compelling Vision Process Team is inviting all Brethren to connect with a Facebook page dedicated to spiritual preparation for the visioning conversations that will happen during the 2019 Annual Conference in Greensboro, N.C. The page is titled, “COB Compelling Vision Spiritual Connection Page” and may be found at www.facebook.com/COB-Compelling-Vision-Spiritual-Connection-Page-1050919648604889 . Read more »


Joe A. Detrick and David Sollenberger top Annual Conference ballot for 2019 (February 8, 2019)

The ballot to be presented to the 2019 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren has been released. Topping the ballot are two nominees for moderator-elect: Joe A. Detrick and David Sollenberger. Other offices to be filled by election are positions on the Program and Arrangements Committee, the Mission and Ministry Board, and the boards of Bethany Seminary, Brethren Benefit Trust, and On Earth Peace. Elections will be held during the Conference on July 3-7 in Greensboro, N.C. Read more »


Boko Haram attack three villages in Adamawa State, Nigeria (February 8, 2019)

Attackers believed to be Boko Haram insurgents attacked three villages--Shuwari, Kirchinga, and Shuwa--in Madagali Local Government area in Adamawa State, Nigeria, on Feb. 4. The villages are in the northernmost part of the state, north of Mubi. Read more »


Haiti mission education trip is announced (February 8, 2019)

The Church of the Brethren is offering a mission education trip to Haiti for persons interested in exploring and supporting the church’s Haiti development initiatives in partnership with Eglise des Freres d’Haiti (the Church of the Brethren in Haiti). The trip from July 19-23 can accommodate up to 45 participants who will join 5 members of the Haitian staff for the experience. It will be based in two small hotels about 50 miles north of Port au Prince. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services schedules training workshops for 2019 (February 7, 2019)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has announced its 2019 training workshop calendar for the year. An online map of the locations and dates is available at https://maps.esp.tl/maps/_CDS-2019-Training-Workshops/pages/map.jsp?geoMapId=620310&TENANT_ID=178622&fbclid=IwAR0cOJkkd1sBKF4WgVt44d82P8zyQfYqyMaGehROjAj6UwSzBrP9i9-80cE . Go to www.brethren.org/cds for more information and to register for a workshop. Read more »


Emily Tyler begins as director of Brethren Volunteer Service (February 7, 2019)

Emily Tyler started a new position as director of Brethren Volunteer Service on Feb. 4. She continues to work out of the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill., where she has been coordinator for BVS recruitment and the Workcamp Ministry for more than six years, since June 27, 2012. BVS is located within the denomination’s Global Mission and Service program. Read more »