News Archives March, 2014


Killbuck Creek Song and Story Fest to be hosted by Inspiration Hills (March 18, 2014)

The Killbuck Creek Song and Story Fest on the theme, “All God’s Critters Got a Place in This Choir!” is planned for July 6-12 at Inspiration Hills, an outdoor ministry center in Burbank, Ohio. This annual family camp features Church of the Brethren musicians and storytellers, and is co-sponsored by On Earth Peace. Read more »


Denomination receives insurance dividend, Brethren Mutual Aid named a top agency by Brotherhood Mutual (March 18, 2014)

The Church of the Brethren denomination has received a large insurance dividend of $174,984 from Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company, through its Partnership Group Program. Brethren Mutual Aid is the sponsoring agency for the program, which rewards the claims experience of the congregations, camps, and districts that make up the group along with the denominational organization. Read more »


Brethren bits for March 18, 2014 (March 18, 2014)

Corrections, camp resignation, BDM volunteer milestone, US-Africa Environmental Justice Tour stop at First Chicago, congregations in the news, installation of executive in Southern Pennsylvania, new Children’s Fund in West Marva, college events, more. Read more »


Good giving and investment report, Brethren Service Center discussion, board development work highlight Mission and Ministry Board meeting (March 18, 2014)

A good giving and investment report for 2013, discussion of the Brethren Service Center, and several hours of board development work marked the spring meeting of the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board. The meeting March 14-17 at the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill., was led by board chair Becky Ball-Miller. Read more »


March 27 webinar focuses on ‘Leading Teams: Positives, Pressures and Potentials’ (March 18, 2014)

Congregational Life Ministries is offering a webinar on Thursday, March 27, 3:30-5 p.m. (Eastern time), on the topic of “Leading Teams: Positives, Pressures and Potentials” with presenter Fran Beckett. This is the second of two webinars exploring the theme of leadership hosted by the Church of the Brethren and organized together with Urban Expression, Bristol Baptist College, and BMS World Mission, partners based in the UK. Read more »


Jeff Carter to be inaugurated as president of Bethany Seminary (March 18, 2014)

The Bethany Seminary community is preparing for an event that seldom occurs in the life of an educational institution: the inauguration of a president. On Saturday, March 29, Jeff Carter will be inaugurated as the seminary’s tenth president in its 108-year history. Bethany invites all to join in the event via webcast at 9:45 a.m. (Eastern time). Read more »


Fellowship of Brethren Homes members awarded 2014 Continuing Education Grants (March 18, 2014)

Eight retirement communities that are members of the Fellowship of Brethren Homes have been awarded Continuing Education Grants for 2014. The grants, up to $1,000 per retirement community, are funded by the denomination’s Health Education and Research Fund, which supports nursing in the Church of the Brethren, and are administered by Congregational Life Ministries. Read more »


A prayer request from Maiduguri, Nigeria (March 18, 2014)

The following prayer request from a member of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN–the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) living in the city of Maiduguri. It was received this weekend by an Annual Conference officer and shared with the Mission and Ministry Board on Sunday during worship. The city of Maiduguri was attacked this past weekend by the terrorist group Boko Haram: Read more »


Winners of NYC speech and music contests are named (March 18, 2014)

The winners of the National Youth Conference (NYC) Music Contest and Speech Contest have been announced by the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office. Read more »


Newsline for March 18, 2014 (March 18, 2014)

1) Good giving and investment report, Brethren Service Center discussion, board development work highlight Mission and Ministry Board meeting. 2) Denomination receives insurance dividend, Brethren Mutual Aid named a top agency by Brotherhood Mutual. 3) Fellowship of Brethren Homes members awarded 2014 Continuing Education Grants. 4) Winners of NYC speech and music contests are named. 5) Jeff Carter to be inaugurated as president of Bethany Seminary. 6) March 27 webinar focuses on ‘Leading Teams: Positives, Pressures and Potentials’ 7) Killbuck Creek Song and Story Fest to be hosted by Inspiration Hills. 8) Bridgewater College inaugurates David W. Bushman as 9th president. 9) Juniata College hosts 'Reconstructing Peace Studies' conference. 10) A prayer request from Maiduguri, Nigeria. 11) Brethren bits. Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries directs grant aid to Nigerian Brethren affected by violence (March 11, 2014)

Brethren Disaster Ministries is directing $25,000 from the church’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to aid Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) during a time of escalating violence in northeastern Nigeria. The money will be contributed through EYN’s Compassion Fund. Read more »


Conference witness to host city benefits YWCA shelter for women in Columbus (March 11, 2014)

The Church of the Brethren Annual Conference partners this year with the YWCA/YMCA of Columbus, Ohio, for an annual Witness to the Host City. Annual Conference 2014 takes place in Columbus on July 2-6, led by moderator Nancy Sollenberger Heishman. Each year, the Witness to the Host City service project invites Brethren to aid the city that hosts the denomination’s annual meeting. Read more »


Brethren bits for March 11, 2014 (March 11, 2014)

In this issue: Baltimore Orioles honor Monica Barlow, several announcements of job openings, WCC celebrates release of kidnapped Syrian nuns, CDS carries out a two-day response in Pennsylvania, airfare discount available for NYC 2014, Youth Cabinet meeting, upcoming events in congregations and districts, and lots more news about and for Brethren. Read more »


Global Food Crisis grants support new BVS position in public witness, agriculture in DRC Congo and Rwanda (March 11, 2014)

The Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) this week announces three grants, to support a new Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) position at the Church of the Brethren Office of Public Witness, and for agriculture work in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Read more »


Mission Advisory Committee has first-hand look at Haiti, proposes work toward a global Brethren body (March 11, 2014)

The Mission Advisory Committee, which helps guide the international ministries of the Church of the Brethren Global Mission and Service program, held its biennial gathering in Haiti to see first-hand the holistic ministry of the Haitian mission. The visit hosted by the Brethren Ministry Center in the Port-au-Prince area, also met with Haitian leadership to better understand the growth of Eglise des Freres Haitiens, the Haitian Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Newsline for March 11, 2014 (March 11, 2014)

1) Mission Advisory Committee has first-hand look at Haiti, proposes work toward a global Brethren body. 2) Brethren Disaster Ministries directs grant aid to Nigerian Brethren affected by violence. 3) Global Food Crisis grants support new BVS position in public witness, agriculture in DRC Congo and Rwanda. 4) Conference witness to host city benefits YWCA shelter for women in Columbus. 5) Chaplains from Brethren-related colleges and universities hold meeting. 6) April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. 7) Brethren Academy issues an updated course listing for 2014. 8) Fellowship of Brethren Homes Forum to meet in Lancaster, Pa. 9) Brethren bits. Read more »


Fellowship of Brethren Homes Forum to meet in Lancaster, Pa. (March 10, 2014)

The Brethren Village Retirement Community in Lancaster, Pa., will host this year’s Fellowship of Brethren Homes Forum on April 14-16. Representatives from member communities will be joined by several denominational staff members for three days of training, updates, networking, and sharing best practices in long-term care. Read more »


Brethren Academy issues an updated course listing for 2014 (March 10, 2014)

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership has issued an updated listing of courses offered in 2014. Courses are open to Training in Ministry (TRIM) students, pastors, and all interested persons. Offered this year: “Beyond Sunday School,” “Rock the Church,” study in conjunction with the Ministers’ Association event, “Church of the Brethren Polity and Practice,” “Conflict Transformation in Congregations,” and “Luke-Acts and the Birth of the Church.” Read more »


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (March 10, 2014)

The Church of the Brethren Family Life Ministry is providing resources and ideas for congregations to observe Child Abuse Prevention Month during April. Find more information at www.brethren.org/childprotection/month.html . Read more »


Chaplains from Brethren-related colleges and universities hold meeting (March 7, 2014)

Chaplains from five of the six Church of the Brethren-affiliated colleges and universities and Tracy Primozich, director of admissions for Bethany Theological Seminary, met Feb. 19 in Tacoma, Wash., following the National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC) annual conference. Read more »


Workbook on physical loss and disability is published in Vietnam (March 4, 2014)

On Sept. 3, 2013, the Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH) Faculty of Social Work received boxes containing the first 1,000 copies of the Vietnamese translation of “Coping with Physical Loss and Disability Workbook,” written by Rick Ritter, M.S.W., who has been part of Lincolnshire Church of the Brethren in Indiana. The book was published by Youth Publisher, Ho Chi Minh City. Read more »


Brethren bits for March 4, 2014 (March 4, 2014)

Northern Ohio District loss, job openings, early registration for church planting conference, Shine training, Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath, ecumenical calls for peace with Iran and in the Ukraine, Lent initiatives and resources, and much more. Read more »


Newsline for March 4, 2014 (March 4, 2014)

1) On Earth Peace co-sponsors new Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign. 2) Bethany Seminary announces results of essay contest. 3) Applications are due soon for nursing scholarships. 4) Workbook on physical loss and disability is published in Vietnam. 5) The building of a shared society: The work of one BVS project site in Northern Ireland. 6) Brethren bits Read more »


The building of a shared society: The work of one BVS project site in Northern Ireland (March 4, 2014)

East Belfast Mission, one of the project sites in Northern Ireland where Brethren Volunteer Service workers are placed, was in the news early this year when a peacebuilding event it hosted was met with violent protests. Here, BVS volunteer Megan Miller explains the groundbreaking work of the mission. Read more »


Applications are due soon for nursing scholarships (March 4, 2014)

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 an LPN, RN, or nursing graduate program and must be members of the Church of the Brethren. The scholarships are awarded from the Health Education and Research Endowment. Read more »