News Archives February, 2020


Garkida attacked by Boko Haram, town was birthplace of EYN in Nigeria (February 28, 2020)

The town of Garkida in northeast Nigeria was attacked by Boko Haram the night of Feb. 21-22. Garkida is considered the birthplace of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) as the place where the Church of the Brethren was started in Nigeria in 1923. Read more »


Brethren bits for Feb. 28, 2020 (February 28, 2020)

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Brethren Disaster Ministries offers resources and recommendations on Coronavirus (February 28, 2020)

Brethren Disaster Ministries is offering resources and recommendations to help Brethren congregations and members better understand the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and ways to respond. Included are links to trusted websites to visit frequently for updates and suggestions. Contact Brethren Disaster Ministries at 800-451-4407 for more information. Read more »


Newsline for Feb. 28, 2020 (February 28, 2020)

NEWS 1) Garkida attacked by Boko Haram, town was birthplace of EYN in Nigeria 2) Brethren Faith in Action Fund allocates grants 3) In Haiti the work goes on in spite of increased security obstacles 4) Nursing scholarships aid church members interested in health care careers PERSONNEL 5) Interim team will staff Global Mission office 6) Church formalizes status of workers in China UPCOMING EVENTS 7) Christian music artist Fernando Ortega to perform at Annual Conference 8) Brethren bits Read more »


Nursing scholarships aid church members interested in health care careers (February 27, 2020)

The Church of the Brethren provides scholarships of up to $2,000 for RN and graduate nurse candidates, and up to $1,000 for LPN candidates. These scholarships are awarded to a limited number of applicants each year, made possible by the Health Education and Research Endowment. The nursing scholarships are available to members of the Church of the Brethren enrolled in LPN, RN, or nursing graduate programs. Read more »


Christian music artist Fernando Ortega to perform at Annual Conference (February 27, 2020)

Fernando Ortega, a multi-Dove award winner and singer-songwriter, will be featured at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference to be held July 1-5 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Ortega will perform a full concert on Wednesday evening, July 1, immediately after the opening worship service. Read more »


Church formalizes status of workers in China  (February 27, 2020)

Ruoxia Li and Eric Miller have signed a service agreement with the Church of the Brethren regarding their continuing work in China. The married couple have been serving in Pingding, China, since August 2012, when they were invited to work with You’ai Hospital. The hospital takes its name from the original hospital founded by Church of the Brethren missionaries in Pingding in 1911, which in turn shared its name with the Church of the Brethren in China, You’ai Hui. Read more »


In Haiti the work goes on in spite of increased security obstacles (February 27, 2020)

Dale Minnich provided the following report to Newsline after returning from a recent trip to Haiti with the Haiti Medical Project. It highlights both concerns stemming from security obstacles in Haiti in recent months, and successes with new aspects of the project’s work: Read more »


Interim team will staff Global Mission office (February 27, 2020)

Norman and Carol Spicher Waggy will begin March 2 as part-time interim directors of Global Mission for the Church of the Brethren. Also working in the Global Mission office on an interim basis is Roxane Hill, who was appointed interim office manager on Feb. 12. Read more »


Garkida attacked by Boko Haram (February 25, 2020)

The town of Garkida in northeastern Nigeria was attacked by Boko Haram the night of Feb. 21-22. A number of buildings were burned, including the church building for Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Read more »


Compelling vision recommendation to Annual Conference is released (February 20, 2020)

The compelling vision recommendation that will be presented in July to the 2020 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren has been released. Following is a statement from the Compelling Vision Team: Read more »


Brethren Faith in Action Fund allocates grants (February 20, 2020)

The Brethren Faith in Action Fund provides grants to outreach ministry projects of Church of the Brethren congregations that serve their communities, strengthen the congregation, and expand the reign of God. It was created with funds generated by the sale of the upper campus of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. Ministries that receive grants will honor and continue the legacy of service that the center has epitomized, while also addressing the dynamics of the present age. Read more »


Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2020 imagines God’s earth and people restored  (February 15, 2020)

The 2020 Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) take place April 24-27 in Washington, D.C. The event includes a national gathering of Christian advocates and activists, and a lobby day. The theme this year, “Imagine! God’s Earth and People Restored,” explores the intersection of climate change and economic injustice. Read more »


Newsline for Feb. 15, 2020 (February 15, 2020)

NEWS 1) ‘Our end goal is unity’: An interview with general secretary David Steele 2) National Youth Cabinet selects National Youth Sunday theme RESOURCES 3) Blogposts and online ‘coffee talks’ are part of Black History 2020 emphasis 4) ‘Holy Manna’ is the Lenten devotional from Brethren Press UPCOMING EVENTS 5) Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2020 imagines God’s earth and people restored 6) Brethren bits Read more »


Blogposts and online ‘coffee talks’ are part of Black History 2020 emphasis (February 15, 2020)

“Looking Back to Live Forward: Black History 2020" is the title and theme of a special emphasis for the month of February sponsored jointly by the Church of the Brethren’s Intercultural Ministry and Office of Peacebuilding and Policy. Read more »


Brethren bits for Feb. 15, 2020 (February 15, 2020)

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‘Holy Manna’ is the Lenten devotional from Brethren Press (February 14, 2020)

The Brethren Press 2020 Lenten devotional book for Ash Wednesday through Easter is titled “Holy Manna” and written by Paula Bowser. The pocket-sized paperback features a daily devotion from Feb. 26, Ash Wednesday, through April 12, Easter Sunday, including a reading, scripture, and prayer for each day of the season. Read more »


National Youth Cabinet selects National Youth Sunday theme (February 14, 2020)

National Youth Cabinet selects National Youth Sunday theme Read more »


‘Our end goal is unity’: An interview with general secretary David Steele (February 14, 2020)

“Our end goal is unity,” said Church of the Brethren general secretary David Steele in an interview about an effort by a group called Covenant Brethren Church to explore separation from the Church of the Brethren. Steele said that the denomination’s leadership “recognize there are differences and diversity within the Church of the Brethren, but our goal is to strive for unity.” Read more »


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