News Archives March, 2017


Large sum released from Emergency Disaster Fund continues Nigeria Crisis Response  (March 26, 2017)

The Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board has approved the release of $500,000 from the Emergency Disaster Fund to support Nigeria Crisis Response programing. The Nigeria Crisis Response is a joint effort of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria with the Church of the Brethren's Global Mission and Service and Brethren Disaster Ministries. Read more »


Shamek Cardona hired as Church of the Brethren manager of Human Resources (March 25, 2017)

Shamek Cardona of Hanover Park, Ill., has begun work as manager of human resources for the Church of the Brethren, working at the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Read more »


Filipenses puede guiar a la iglesia en relación con personas indocumentadas (March 25, 2017)

Filipenses es un buen recurso para la iglesia para consultar, ya que reflexiona sobre cómo responder a los indocumentados que viven en nuestro país. El escritor primario de la carta, el apóstol Pablo, no era muy diferente de muchos Mexico-Americanos de hoy. Era un ciudadano, pero muchos de su pueblo no lo eran. Read more »


Brethren Bits for March 24, 2017 (March 25, 2017)

News from local congregations, jobs, remembrance: Dora Belle Showalter, Venezuela baptisms, Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) volunteers in Missouri, book donations needed, Gaza live stream, Nigeria workcamp reflections, Hillcrest School anniversary, Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation training, "Explore Your Call" for high school students., Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies banquet, Global Women’s Project steering committee meeting, Christian Peacemaker Teams, IMA health report on South Sudan, Happy birthday to Pearl Beard Read more »


Newsline for March 25, 2017 (March 25, 2017)

NEWS 1) Large sum released from Emergency Disaster Fund continues Nigeria Crisis Response PERSONNEL 2) Michigan District executive Nate Polzin resigns 3) Program assistants resign from Brethren Disaster Ministries 4) Shamek Cardona hired as Church of the Brethren manager of Human Resources UPCOMING EVENTS 5) Closing service to be held for upper campus of Brethren Service Center 6) Continuing education events for ministers address Leviticus, elder care challenges 7) Ventures courses are offered on Chronicles and faith formation 8) Brethren bits Read more »


Continuing education events for ministers address Leviticus, elder care challenges (March 24, 2017)

The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC) will offer two continuing education events this spring: “Ten-Plus Reasons to Love Leviticus” at Elizabethtown College, and “Cultivating Conversations...Navigating Elder Care Challenges” at Cross Keys Village in New Oxford, Pa. Read more »


Ventures courses are offered on Chronicles and faith formation (March 24, 2017)

McPherson (Kan.) College’s online Ventures program is offering upcoming courses on the book of Chronicles and faith formation. Read more »


Philippians may guide the church in relating with undocumented people  (March 24, 2017)

Philippians is a good resource for the church to consult as it ponders how to respond to undocumented people living in our country. Read more »


Closing service to be held for upper campus of Brethren Service Center (March 24, 2017)

A worship service is planned as a closing event for the upper campus of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., on April 30. Sale of the upper campus is expected to be completed in early May. Read more »


Michigan District executive Nate Polzin resigns (March 23, 2017)

The Michigan District Leadership Team has received a letter of resignation from Nate Polzin, district executive, effective July 7. Read more »


Program assistants resign from Brethren Disaster Ministries (March 23, 2017)

Robin DeYoung has resigned from the Brethren Disaster Ministries Rebuild program and Kristen Hoffman from Children’s Disaster Services. Read more »


Brethren bits for March 18, 2017 (March 18, 2017)

Job openings, personnel, new dates for Nigeria workcamp, next webinars on “Mental Health” and “What Have the Children Done for Us?” new Brethren Disaster Ministries video, remembrance and celebration weekend at Brethren Service Center, annual assembly of the Brazilian Brethren, Office of Public Witness blogpost on indigenous opposition to pipeline, and more news by, for, and about Brethren Read more »


Newsline for March 18, 2017 (March 18, 2017)

NEWS 1) Mission and Ministry Board approves new areas of global mission 2) CCT issues call to prayer for Congress in upcoming decisions affecting those in poverty 3) Christian Churches Together holds forum on ‘the persecuted church’ 4) Haiti Medical Project has a new focus on pure water for Haiti UPCOMING EVENTS 5) Jubilee afternoon will be a breath of rejuvenation for Annual Conference 6) National Youth Conference 2018 theme is announced FEATURE 7) Please help them: Reflection of a Latino Brethren 8) Brethren bits Read more »


Christian Churches Together holds forum on ‘the persecuted church’ (March 17, 2017)

More than 40 leaders from Christian Churches Together (CCT) joined a forum in Newark, N.J., on March 2-3 to discuss the ongoing persecution of Christians around the globe. I was invited to speak on behalf of the Church of the Brethren regarding the impact of Boko Haram on the Christian community in Nigeria. Read more »


Haiti Medical Project has a new focus on pure water for Haiti (March 17, 2017)

For the past 18 months, the Church of the Brethren has been addressing the need for pure drinking water in our related communities in Haiti through the work of the Haiti Medical Project in cooperation with l’Eglise des Freres Haitiens (Church of the Brethren in Haiti). The mobile medical clinics offered since late 2011 treat many children and adults suffering from dysentery and other serious infectious diseases that often result from untreated water. Read more »


Jubilee afternoon will be a breath of rejuvenation for Annual Conference (March 17, 2017)

For a second year in a row the 2017 Annual Conference schedule will include a Jubilee break from business on Friday afternoon. To understand how Jubilee came to be a part of Annual Conference, it is helpful to look at its origins in scripture. Read more »


Mission and Ministry Board approves new areas of global mission (March 17, 2017)

Fledgling Church of the Brethren mission projects in two areas of the world--Venezuela and the Great Lakes region of Africa--have been formally approved by the denomination’s Mission and Ministry Board, at its March 3-8 meeting. Read more »


National Youth Conference 2018 theme is announced (March 17, 2017)

Participants in National Youth Conference (NYC) 2018 will focus on the theme “Bound Together: Clothed in Christ.” The scriptural theme is from Colossians 3:12-15: “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.” Read more »


CCT issues call to prayer for Congress in upcoming decisions affecting those in poverty (March 17, 2017)

Citing scripture reminding of God’s concern for the poor, Christian Churches Together (CCT) has issued a call to prayer for the US Congress, noting that “during the last three weeks of March, the US Congress will make critical decisions that will affect the lives of millions of our brothers and sisters living in poverty. The right decisions could alleviate and pull people out of poverty; the wrong decisions will increase poverty and put the lives of hundreds of thousands at risk.” CCT is an ecumenical organization made up of five “families” of Christian denominations across the country. The Church of the Brethren is a member denomination. The full text of the document follows: Read more »


Please help them: Reflection of a Latino Brethren (March 17, 2017)

The result of the presidential election and the politics in regards to immigration issues has impacted America in so many ways. Being a Latino pastor in a country where the Latino population reaches close to 60 million people gives me the opportunity to not only share the gospel in Spanish, but also to be concerned with the issues that affect my community. Read more »


Brethren bits for March 3, 2017 (March 3, 2017)

In this issue: Correction, Brethren affected by Pennsylvania tornado, remembrance for Martin Gauby, personnel notice and job openings, prayer requested for areas affected by famine, EYN grieves death of young minister and victims of Boko Haram, Healthy Boundaries 101 training session is offered in May, On Earth Peace offers racial justice organizing clinic, and more news from congregations, districts, colleges, Fellowship of Brethren Homes, and ecumenical partners. Read more »


Disaster Recovery Support Initiative launches (March 3, 2017)

When a natural or technological disaster strikes a community, beginning the process of long-term recovery quickly is essential. Yet, it can be a daunting task for local leaders who may not have experience in disaster recovery and may have suffered damage and loss themselves. Read more »


Newsline for March 3, 2017 (March 3, 2017)

1) Moderator’s Bible study for March asks, ‘Can these bones live?’ 2) Business items coming to the 2017 Annual Conference are now online 3) Disaster Recovery Support Initiative launches UPCOMING EVENTS 4) More listening sessions with the general secretary are scheduled 5) Bridgewater College to present symposium on nonviolence in 21st century 6) Brethren bits Read more »


More listening sessions with the general secretary are scheduled (March 3, 2017)

Additional listening sessions with David Steele, general secretary of the Church of the Brethren, have been announced. Steele is holding listening sessions in church districts around the denomination. The meetings are a way for him to listen closely to people within the church, and an opportunity for church members to meet the general secretary. Read more »