News Archives March, 2018


Newsline for March 23, 2018 (March 23, 2018)

NEWS 1) Leadership Team issues call to Christ-like discourse 2) Denominational ministries experience positive financial results in 2017 3) Office of Peacebuilding and Policy director signs letter on militarization of Middle East 4) Northern Plains District task force issues letter on child sexual abuse prevention UPCOMING EVENTS 5) Junior high students invited to ‘Immerse!’ at Bethany Seminary 6) Brethren bits Read more »


Office of Peacebuilding and Policy director signs letter on militarization of Middle East (March 23, 2018)

Nathan Hosler, director of the Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy in Washington, D.C., was one of the ecumenical leaders to sign a letter on the militarization of the Middle East. Some 15 Christian leaders signed the letter, dated March 14, that was sent to members of Congress. Read more »


Brethren bits for March 23, 2018 (March 23, 2018)

Job openings, National Youth Sunday materials, Intercultural Ministries conversation about “Black Panther,” Children’s Disaster Services training, March for Our Lives breakfast in DC, ACT NOW: Unite to End Racism, On Earth Peace endorses Poor People’s Campaign, “This Evil Thing” at Highland Avenue Church and Manchester University, Ventures Course on culture of call, and more Read more »


Denominational ministries experience positive financial results in 2017 (March 23, 2018)

Positive financial results for the Church of Brethren denominational ministries in 2017 include increased nets assets, positive investment returns, increased giving to core ministries, and increased giving to some restricted funds. Concerns include the continued use of designated funds to supplement income and a few self-funding ministries that sustained a net expense. Read more »


Leadership Team issues call to Christ-like discourse (March 23, 2018)

The Leadership Team of the Church of the Brethren has issued a letter calling for Christ-like discourse at this time in the life of the church. The Leadership Team of the denomination includes the general secretary, the Annual Conference officers, a representative of the Council of District Executives, and the director of the Annual Conference office. Read more »


New steering committee of women in ministry is created (March 13, 2018)

A steering committee of eight women in ministry has been called by the Office of Ministry to facilitate programming, projects, and initiatives designed to support and encourage Brethren clergywomen. Read more »


‘Lukewarm No More’ calls for repentance and action on gun violence (March 13, 2018)

The Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren adopted a statement on gun violence at its spring meetings held at the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill., on March 9-12. The statement was initiated by staff of Global Mission and Service, and quotes from the Bible and previous Annual Conference statements in its call to the wider church. Read more »


Brethren bits for March 13, 2018 (March 13, 2018)

In this issue: Personnel, job opening, Mission Alive webcasts, action alert on Yemen, Lifetime Achievement Award for BHLA archivist, the latest Dunker Punk Podcast, Nobel Peace Prize winner to speak at Bridgewater College, NOAC planning committee meets, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Mission and Ministry Board approves grants, adopts statement on gun violence, holds conversations on race and mission at spring meetings (March 13, 2018)

A large Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) allocation for long-term hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico, a statement on gun violence, Wieand Trust grants to Chicago-area projects, and new names for some denominational ministries were on the agenda of the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board. The board held spring meetings March 9-12 at the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill., led by chair Connie Burk Davis and chair-elect Patrick Starkey. Read more »


Comité directivo de ocho mujeres en el ministerio (March 13, 2018)

Un comité directivo de ocho mujeres en el ministerio ha sido llamado por la Oficina del Ministerio para facilitar la programación, los proyectos y las iniciativas diseñadas para apoyar y alentar a las clérigas Hermanas. Read more »


Discipleship Ministries represents new name, new vision for former Congregational Life Ministries (March 13, 2018)

At the spring meeting of the Mission and Ministry Board, Congregational Life Ministries staff announced a new team name and strategy. Now titled Discipleship Ministries, the team envisions a “people of God, new and renewed, that embodies and articulates their faith.” Along with a new name, staff of Discipleship Ministries also outlined new strategic emphases and a staffing plan to carry out the work. Read more »


Brethren Press announces summer release for Inglenook Desserts (March 13, 2018)

Brethren Press has announced a summer release date for a new cookbook in the Inglenook series, called “Inglenook Desserts.” “Keep your fork--something sweet is coming!” says the publishing house. Read more »


Newsline for March 13, 2018 (March 13, 2018)

NEWS 1) Mission and Ministry Board approves grants, adopts statement on gun violence, holds conversations on race and mission at spring meetings 2) ‘Lukewarm No More’ calls for repentance and action on gun violence 3) Discipleship Ministries represents new name, new vision for former Congregational Life Ministries 4) Brethren Disaster Ministries, Puerto Rico District plan for long-term hurricane recovery 5) Brethren Disaster Ministries closes out site in Missouri, continues work in Carolinas 6) Boko Haram attacks, abductions affect Nigerian Brethren 7) Special relief benefits 658 Muslim and Christian families in Nigeria 8) New steering committee of women in ministry is created 9) Comité directivo de ocho mujeres en el ministerio PERSONNEL 10) Tara Hornbacker to retire from Bethany Seminary UPCOMING EVENTS 11) Diana Butler Bass headlines Ministers’ Association continuing education event RESOURCES 12) Brethren Press announces summer release for Inglenook Desserts 13) Brethren bit Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries closes out site in Missouri, continues work in Carolinas (March 12, 2018)

Brethren Disaster Ministries is completing a rebuilding project site in Eureka, Mo., by the end of March. A rebuilding project site in Marion County, S.C., continues as the program seeks to extend its work into additional communities in North Carolina. Read more »


Diana Butler Bass headlines Ministers’ Association continuing education event (March 12, 2018)

Theologian and author Diana Butler Bass is the featured speaker for the Church of the Brethren Ministers’ Association annual continuing education event this year, held just prior to Annual Conference. “Gratitude: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks” is the theme for the gathering on July 3-4 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries, Puerto Rico District plan for long-term hurricane recovery (March 9, 2018)

Brethren Disaster Ministries is working with Puerto Rico District to plan its response following last year’s hurricanes. An allocation of $200,000 from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) has been approved by the denomination’s Mission and Ministry Board to provide funding for the effort. Read more »


Boko Haram attacks, abductions affect Nigerian Brethren (March 9, 2018)

A thanksgiving service to celebrate the release of 10 women--including two members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria)--who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram in June 2017 is planned this Sunday in Maiduguri, Nigeria. The service is planned by the EYN Maiduguri congregation and the Mdurvwa family. Read more »