News Archives March, 2013


More Brethren agencies express support for resolution on drones (March 21, 2013)

Brethren Benefit Trust and On Earth Peace, which are both Annual Conference agencies, have affirmed the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board’s “Resolution against Drone Warfare.” The resolution was adopted at the board’s spring meeting and will be on the Annual Conference agenda in early July. Read more »


Prayers for peacemakers: Ten year anniversary of war in Iraq (March 21, 2013)

Ten years after the US invasion of Iraq, Christian Peacemaker Teams, together with uncounted Iraqi families, laments the carnage that continues to echo from that moment. Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries names advisory group, seeks input to survey (March 21, 2013)

More than 700 people already have responded to a new online survey about the work of Brethren Disaster Ministries. “We want your feedback!” said an announcement of the survey from Brethren Disaster Ministries and Children’s Disaster Services. Take the survey at www.brethren.org/BDMsurvey . Read more »


BVS Unit 300 completes orientation (March 21, 2013)

The 300th unit of Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) completed winter orientation from Jan. 27-Feb. 15 in Gotha, Fla. The new volunteers, their home towns or home congregations, and project placements are listed below. Read more »


Newsline for March 21, 2013 (March 21, 2013)

1) New Brethren Academy program receives funding from Wieand trust. 2) Estate gift funds new educational opportunities at Bethany Seminary. 3) More Brethren agencies express support for resolution on drones. 4) On Earth Peace board and staff participate in anti-racism training. 5) Brethren Disaster Ministries names advisory group, seeks input to survey. 6) BVS Unit 300 completes orientation. 7) ‘Something must change’: Harrisburg, Pa., pastor reports on efforts against gun violence. 8) Bus trips from several states will help participants get to NOAC. 9) Prayers for peacemakers: Ten year anniversary of war in Iraq. 10) Brethren bits Read more »


‘Something must change’: Harrisburg, Pa., pastor reports on efforts against gun violence (March 21, 2013)

The Harrisburg (Pa.) Chapter of Heeding God’s Call continues to operate on the premise that “Something Must Change.” Heeding God’s Call is a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence. The organization got its start at a meeting of the Historic Peace Churches in Philadelphia, Pa. Read more »


Brethren bits for March 21, 2013 (March 21, 2013)

Remembering James Forbus and Herbert Michael, a music video from Bittersweet, Child Abuse Prevention Month, workcamp in South Sudan, fracking, and more. Read more »


Bus trips from several states will help participants get to NOAC (March 20, 2013)

People in several states will have the opportunity to ride a bus to National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) this year. Round-trip bus transportation to NOAC from Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, as well as Western Plains District, has been confirmed. Read more »


Brethren Academy program receives funding from Wieand trust, gift funds new education opportunities at Bethany (March 20, 2013)

A gift from the David J. and Mary Elizabeth Wieand Trust is helping to start a new “Sustaining Ministerial Excellence: Advanced Seminar” at the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. In related news, Bethany Seminary announces that two new educational initiatives will be supported by a major gift from the estate of Mary Elizabeth Wertz Wieand. This gift comes through the David J. and Mary Elizabeth Wieand Trust, established by a family whose roots go back to the founding of the seminary. Read more »


On Earth Peace board and staff participate in anti-racism training (March 20, 2013)

During their spring 2013 meeting, the On Earth Peace board of directors and staff participated in an anti-racism training--the agency’s next step in a commitment to address issues of racism within and outside of the organization. Read more »


Board sees new congregational survey tool, names at-large member, among other business (March 15, 2013)

Mission and Ministry Board members got a glimpse of a new congregational survey that will be part of the Vital Ministry Journey for churches and districts, named a new at-large member pending affirmation at Annual Conference, reviewed financial reports from 2012, and made a small change to the 2013 budget among other business at the spring meeting. Read more »


Newsline Special: Church board recognizes Spanish Brethren, issues resolution against drone warfare (March 15, 2013)

Mission and Ministry Board spring meeting: 1) Church of the Brethren in Spain receives recognition from denominational board. 2) Brethren board issues resolution against drone warfare. 3) Response on equitable board representation will go to Annual Conference. 4) Board sees new congregational survey tool, names at-large member, among other business. 5) BMC representatives and MMB executive committee discuss concerns. Read more »


BMC representatives and MMB executive committee discuss concerns (March 15, 2013)

Representatives of the Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Interests (BMC) and the executive committee of the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board (MMB) met for about four hours on Monday, Feb. 4, at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. The purpose of the gathering was to begin dialogue about past difficulties in working together. Read more »


Brethren board issues resolution against drone warfare (March 14, 2013)

A Resolution Against Drone Warfare was issued by the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board on March 11. Proposed by the denomination’s Peace Witness Ministry based in Washington, D.C., the resolution will be sent on to the 2013 Annual Conference for its consideration in early July. The resolution addresses the use of drones in warfare in the context of a reaffirmation of the Church of the Brethren’s longstanding assertion that “war is sin.” Read more »


Church of the Brethren in Spain receives recognition from denominational board (March 13, 2013)

Recognizing the Church of the Brethren in Spain--and passing on to Annual Conference a recommendation for that body to recognize the fledgling Spanish church, was a key action of the Mission and Ministry Board at its March 8-11 meeting at the General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Read more »


Response on equitable board representation will go to Annual Conference (March 13, 2013)

A response to the query about equitable representation on the Mission Ministry Board, which came originally from Southern Pennsylvania District, will be on the business docket at the 2013 Conference. The board recommended changes to bylaws of the Church of the Brethren Inc., in a section governing the number and geographic balance of members of the board. Read more »


Newsline for March 8, 2013 (March 8, 2013)

1) Major US ecumenical organizations restructure. 2) Prattsville rebuilding project expands to Schoharie, N.Y. 3) Consultation considers expansion of Haiti Medical Project. 4) Haiti Medical Project grows with strong support from Brethren. 5) Agape-Satyagraha program now at six sites across the country. 6) Historic Brethren documents now available online. 7) Registration opens for National Older Adult Conference. 8) ‘3,000 Miles for Peace’ campaign is underway. 9) Peace Witness Ministries staff organize webinar on ‘just peace.’ 10) Press takes pre-publication orders for ‘New Inglenook Cookbook.’ 11) Brethren bits. Read more »


Press takes pre-publication orders for ‘New Inglenook Cookbook’ (March 8, 2013)

“The New Inglenook Cookbook” is coming to your kitchen this summer! Pre-order now from Brethren Press and save up to 40 percent off the retail price of $28. Read more »


‘3,000 Miles for Peace’ campaign is underway (March 7, 2013)

On March 1, On Earth Peace kicked-off “3,000 Miles for Peace,” a national campaign of riders and walkers that is raising funds and awareness for violence-prevention in honor of Paul Ziegler, a McPherson (Kan.) College student who had a dream of biking across the country for peace. Tragically, he died in a bicycle accident in September and never got the chance to make his journey. So far, there are over three dozen events planned in 15 states and 3 countries. Read more »


Haiti Medical Project grows with strong support from Brethren (March 7, 2013)

The Haiti Medical Project is growing with strong support from Brethren congregations and individuals. The support is making possible new developments, among them construction of a simple building on the headquarters compound of L’Eglise des Freres Haitiens (the Church of the Brethren in Haiti), the planning of more clinics in cooperation with the Haitian Brethren, and exploration of expansion into other areas such as neo-natal care and public health education. Read more »


Major US ecumenical organizations restructure (March 7, 2013)

Two long-standing ecumenical bodies in the United States--the National Council of Churches (NCC) and Church World Service (CWS)--have undergone restructuring and re-envisioning in recent months. The NCC began a plan for re-envisioning and restructuring last fall including elimination of administrative positions on the staff and a move away from historic headquarters in New York. CWS, which formerly shared the same general assembly as the NCC, has instituted a new governing structure that is independent of denominational representation. CWS is the primary means through which Brethren Disaster Ministries extends its work internationally. Read more »


Brethren bits for March 7, 2013 (March 7, 2013)

In this issue: An urgent call for volunteer kitchen assistants at Zigler Hospitality Center in New Windsor, general secretary attends the DR Asamblea, peace pole dance revolution, Brethren-related colleges go on service projects for spring break, and much much more. Read more »


Peace Witness Ministries staff organize webinar on ‘just peace’ (March 7, 2013)

As part of his work as joint staff with the National Council of Churches (NCC), Nathan Hosler has organized a webinar on March 19 at 12 noon on the “Ecumenical Call to Just Peace.” Hosler is director of Peace Witness Ministries for the Church of the Brethren, working out of Washington, D.C. This webinar will feature presenters from four distinct streams of church life. Read more »


Registration opens for National Older Adult Conference (March 7, 2013)

For adults age 50 and older, it is time to register for the denomination’s 2013 National Older Adult Conference (NOAC), held Sept. 2-6 at Lake Junaluska, N.C. The theme of the conference will be “Healing Springs Forth,” with the scripture verse, “Then you will be refreshed in the Lord” (Isaiah 58:14). Read more »


Consultation considers expansion of Haiti Medical Project (March 7, 2013)

On Feb. 28-March 3 a consultation about the Haiti Medical Project was held with leaders of L’Eglise des Freres Haitiens (the Haitian Church of the Brethren) and the Global Mission and Service arm of the US church. Read more »


Agape-Satyagraha program now at six sites across the country (March 7, 2013)

The On Earth Peace program to teach nonviolence and Christian peacemaking to youth, called Agape-Satyagraha, is now active at six sites across the country. Reports Marie Benner-Rhoades, Youth and Young Adult Peace Formation director for On Earth Peace: “Agape-Satyagraha Leadership Training helps junior and senior high youth learn to deal with conflict without using violence by presenting concepts and skills training through the completion of five levels. Read more »


Prattsville rebuilding project expands to Schoharie, N.Y. (March 5, 2013)

A Brethren Disaster Ministries home rebuilding and repair project in Prattsville, N.Y., is expanding into a nearby location, the town of Schoharie. The New York State project was established in response to the flooding of homes by Hurricane Irene, and is supported through donations to the Emergency Disaster Fund. Read more »


Historic Brethren documents now available online (March 5, 2013)

How has Brethren theology changed since 1708? What was the discussion in church conferences in the late 1800s? What was life like on the mission field in the 1960s? When did my own congregation begin to meet? These are among the questions that until a few years ago could only be answered by turning pages of dusty, fragile Brethren publications located in basement archives of colleges and denominational offices. Read more »