News Archives March, 2019


Newsline for March 22, 2019 (March 22, 2019)

NEWS 1) Housing allowance is upheld by appeals court 2) Faith, civil, and human rights groups join to urge official visit by UN independent expert to investigate racism in the United States 3) Sili buried beside husband at Chibok, among recent losses of EYN members 4) Nigeria Crisis Response work continues amidst the violence PERSONNEL 5) BVS volunteers complete first ‘fast track’ orientation UPCOMING EVENTS 6) Summer workcamps still have openings, registration closes April 1 7) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for March 22, 2019 (March 22, 2019)

In this issue: Remembering Charles Lunkley, personnel notes, job openings, Messenger Online offers “So many changes! How the new tax code affects you” by Deb Oskin, Office of Peacebuilding and Policy recommends “Faith Over Fear” training, “Look at Life” conference at Bethany Seminary, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


BVS volunteers complete first ‘fast track’ orientation (March 21, 2019)

A new venture of Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) is a “fast track” for orienting and placing volunteers. The arrangement allows for quicker filling of openings at projects and earlier placement of volunteers between regularly scheduled orientation units. Of the initial three fast-track volunteers, two filled assignments in Northern Ireland and one in Pennsylvania. Read more »


Sili buried beside husband at Chibok, among recent losses of EYN members (March 21, 2019)

Ma Sili Ibrahim, aged 102, was buried beside her late husband Ibrahim Ndiriza in a round heart at her home town of Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria. She was among recent losses of members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). In two releases this week, EYN reported losses among members and an attack on the town of Michika. Read more »


Faith, civil, and human rights groups join to urge official visit by UN independent expert to investigate racism in the United States (March 21, 2019)

Today, March 21, a broad coalition of religious and civil rights leaders will deliver a letter to Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo requesting an official invitation to professor E. Tendayi Achiume, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance, to the United States. The Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy has signed the letter and its staff were at the initial planning meeting, reports director Nathan Hosler. Read more »


Summer workcamps still have openings, registration closes April 1 (March 21, 2019)

The Workcamp Ministry of the Church of the Brethren reports that several of this summer’s workcamps still have openings, but registration must be received by April 1. That date also is the deadline for full payment by those who already have registered, and for all forms to be received by the Workcamp Office. Read more »


Housing allowance is upheld by appeals court (March 20, 2019)

The housing allowance provision that provides pastors with a tax benefit for their housing expenses is constitutional. That decision was announced on March 15 by the Seventh Circuit Appeals Court, which is located in Chicago. Read more »


Brethren bits for March 13, 2019 (March 13, 2019)

In this issue: Stan Noffsinger starts as CEO at Timbercrest, EYN requests prayer, Ware Lecture at Elizabethtown College features artists from Silkroad, BVS Unit from fall 1969 plans 50th anniversary get together, Earth Day Sunday toolkit, remembering Mac Wiseman, and more Read more »


Mission and Ministry Board turns down proposal to increase delegate numbers (March 13, 2019)

The Mission and Ministry Board has turned down a proposal to change delegate representation at Annual Conference, which had potential to increase the number of delegates that some larger congregations could send to Annual Conference and the number of delegates that some larger districts could appoint to Standing Committee (see story below). The decision came during the board’s spring meeting March 8-11 held at the Church of the Brethren General Offices, Elgin, Ill. Read more »


Ventures online course to focus on healthy and safe congregations (March 13, 2019)

The April offering from the “Ventures in Christian Discipleship” program at McPherson (Kan.) College will focus on “Healthy and Safe Congregations.” Almost all congregations aspire to welcome the stranger into our midst. Our tradition, sacred texts, doctrines, teachings, and cultural values can be a resource to visitors, members, and the community. But sometimes those very things we love become a roadblock to others. This course will look specifically at how congregations can be a safe place for those who are vulnerable. Read more »


Roundtable 2019 brings more than 150 together for 78th anniversary (March 13, 2019)

Over the weekend of March 1-3, more than 150 youth and advisors took part in the annual Roundtable regional youth conference held at Bridgewater (Va.) College. This marked the 78th anniversary of Roundtable, which invites senior high youth from the districts of the southeastern region (Atlantic Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Shenandoah, Virlina, West Marva, and Southeastern) as well as the Pennsylvania districts (Atlantic Northeast, Middle Pennsylvania, Southern Pennsylvania, and Western Pennsylvania). Read more »


Newsline for March 13, 2019 (March 13, 2019)

NEWS 1) Mission and Ministry Board turns down proposal to increase delegate numbers 2) New parking lot tax may affect some congregations 3) Compelling vision conversations at Annual Conference 4) Germantown Church of the Brethren is celebrating 300 years 5) New students welcomed at Bethany Seminary 6) Brethren Academy students explore ‘Race and the Congregation’ 7) Roundtable 2019 brings more than 150 together for 78th anniversary 8) University of La Verne community gathers in solidarity for candlelight vigil 9) Manchester Student Senate approves ‘Refugees Welcome’ resolution UPCOMING EVENTS 10) New registration open date is announced for National Older Adult Conference 11) Webinar to develop ‘conflict competent leadership’ 12) Ventures online course to focus on healthy and safe congregations 13) Brethren bits Read more »


Webinar to develop ‘conflict competent leadership’ (March 12, 2019)

"Conflict Competent Leadership" is the title of a "New and Renew Webinar" offered through the Discipleship Ministries. The webinar is scheduled for March 19 at 1-2 p.m. (Eastern time). Participants in the live event may earn 0.1 continuing education credit. Read more »


Compelling Vision Conversations at Annual Conference (March 12, 2019)

As we gather in Greensboro, N.C., during Annual Conference to “Proclaim Christ, Reclaim Passion,” business sessions will feel different to Conference-goers. Worship, Bible study, and conversations designed to help us discern God’s call for us as the body of Christ will be the focus of the business agenda at the 2019 Annual Conference. Read more »


New registration open date is announced for National Older Adult Conference (March 12, 2019)

May 1 has been announced as opening date for registration for the 2019 National Older Adult Conference. This year’s NOAC takes place Sept. 2-6 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in western North Carolina. The theme is “Reaching Across Generations, Beyond Differences, Through Conflict, into Joy.” Read more »


Brethren Academy students explore ‘Race and the Congregation’ (March 8, 2019)

What does the affirmation “All War Is Sin”* mean when wars are waged on drugs, on crime, on poverty, when the designated enemy is not a soldier on foreign soil, but citizens of one’s own country? Read more »