News Archives April, 2012


Moderator makes trip to Spain, visits new Brethren group (April 30, 2012)

Annual Conference moderator Tim Harvey has provided the following report on the annual moderator’s international trip to visit mission points or to meet with international Brethren or ecumenical partners. This year the moderator’s international trip was to visit with an emerging Brethren group in Spain. Read more »


Christian Citizenship Seminar considers our relationship with carbon (April 30, 2012)

Fifty-two Church of the Brethren youth and adult advisors met for the 2012 Christian Citizenship Seminar (CCS) on April 14-19 in New York City and Washington, D.C. The theme focused on “Stepping Out: Our Relationship with Carbon.” Read more »


Conference officers invite Ministry of Reconciliation to broader role (April 27, 2012)

For over 20 years, moderators of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference have invited the Ministry of Reconciliation (MoR) of On Earth Peace to provide observers during business sessions. This year the Annual Conference officers have invited MoR to expand its presence to include the entire Conference. Read more »


Business items are announced for the 2012 Annual Conference (April 27, 2012)

The business items to come to the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in St. Louis, Mo., on July 7-11 are now available online. Also now available online are a series of brief delegate briefing videos featuring Annual Conference moderator Tim Harvey and secretary Fred Swartz. Find videos and links to business items at www.brethren.org/ac/2012-conference-business.html . Read more »


Jantzi to serve as executive minister for Shenandoah District (April 19, 2012)

John Jantzi has accepted the call to serve the Church of the Brethren’s Shenandoah District as district executive minister beginning Aug. 1. Since 2003 he has been pastor of Mt. Bethel Church of the Brethren in Dayton, Va. Read more »


Video documents Nigerian Brethren experience of violence, peacemaking (April 19, 2012)

A new video has been made about the experience of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and its efforts at peacemaking in an environment of conflict and increasing violence. Read more »


Newsline for April 19, 2012 (April 19, 2012)

News stories include: 1) Seminary forum discusses intersection of sexuality and spirituality. 2) Disciples and Brethren leaders explore partnerships in mission. 3) EDF grant supports Brethren disaster rebuilding site in Virginia. 4) Christians and Muslims meet to pursue peace and understanding. 5) Juniata College president Tom Kepple to retire. 6) Jantzi to serve as executive minister for Shenandoah District. 7) Revised Deacon Manual to be published in two volumes. 8) Video documents Nigerian Brethren experience of violence, peacemaking. 9) Track your steps at National Walk @ Lunch Day--and every day. 10) Honoring those who said no to war. 11) Brethren bits: Personnel, job, OEP board, Open Roof award, Youth Sunday, 100th anniversaries, college news, and more. Read more »


Brethren bits for April 19, 2012 (April 19, 2012)

This issue of Newsline includes Brethren bits about new personnel and a job opening at Brethren retirement centers, the Spring meeting of the On Earth Peace board, calls for nominations for the Open Roof award, information about Youth Sunday May 6, Brazilian Brethren work in a favela (shanty town), and lots of anniversaries, and even more college news. Read more »


Christians and Muslims meet to pursue peace and understanding (April 18, 2012)

On March 10, a meeting of Christians and Muslims took place at Camp Ithiel in the Church of the Brethren’s Atlantic Southeast District. Initiated by the district’s Action for Peace Team, the event was planned with leaders of the Turkish Cultural Center in Orlando. Over 40 people attended, including 35 Brethren along with 8 Turkish who live in the area. Read more »


Seminary forum discusses intersection of sexuality and spirituality (April 18, 2012)

Bethany Seminary’s Presidential Forum on “Joy and Suffering in the Body: Turning Toward Each Other” brought more than 160 people to the campus in Richmond, Ind., on April 12-14. Headlining the event was James Forbes, senior minister emeritus of New York’s Riverside Church and Harry Emerson Fosdick Adjunct Professor of Preaching at Union Theological Seminary. Read more »


Honoring those who said no to war (April 18, 2012)

The following article by Howard Royer, who recently retired from the denominational staff, was written for the newsletter of Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren in Elgin, Ill.--and may provide a model for how other congregations remember and honor conscientious objectors: Read more »


EDF grant supports Brethren disaster rebuilding site in Virginia (April 18, 2012)

A grant of $30,000 from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) continues support for a Brethren Disaster Ministries rebuilding site in Pulaski County, Va. This is an additional allocation for the project site, with previous allocations totaling $30,000. Read more »


Disciples and Brethren leaders explore partnerships in mission (April 18, 2012)

Leaders of the Church of the Brethren and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are meeting together to learn about each other’s traditions, find commonalities of theology and practice, and look for possibilities opportunities for collaborative work and mission in the future. Read more »


On Earth Peace board holds Spring meeting (April 18, 2012)

During its Spring meeting, the On Earth Peace board of directors discussed next steps in the organization’s search for a new executive director. The agency hopes to fill the position in the coming months, and to introduce the new executive director at the upcoming Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in St. Louis, Mo. Read more »


Revised Deacon Manual to be published in two volumes (April 18, 2012)

A newly revised and expanded “Deacon Manual” is nearing completion, with delivery scheduled for this summer, reports Donna Kline, director of the Church of the Brethren’s Deacon Ministries. The new two-volume set offers one volume for individual and group study, while the second volume is designed to accompany deacons as they minister in homes, hospitals, and the many other places they serve. Read more »


Newsline for April 5, 2012 (April 5, 2012)

This issue of Newsline includes the following stories: 1) Ruthann Knechel Johansen to retire as seminary president. 2) Presidential and board leadership highlight Bethany trustee meeting. 3) Civilian Public Service camps mark 70th anniversaries. 4) Bridgewater's Jesse Hopkins to direct final concert choir performance. 5) National Council of Churches provides Earth Day Sunday resources. 6) National Walk at Lunch Day April 25 reminds workers to be walkers. 7) Action Alert: Racism. 8) Brethren bits: Correction, remembrance, personnel, job openings, deacon survey, and much more. Read more »


Brethren bits for April 5, 2012 (April 5, 2012)

This issue of Brethren bits includes a special request for prayer on the death of a youth pastor in Southern Ohio District, job openings at the Brethren Academy and Brethren Hillcrest Homes, personnel news, a Deacon Ministry survey, report from Global Women’s Project Steering Committee, and a host of other news from churches, districts, camps, colleges, and more. Read more »


Brethren in the News for April 5, 2012 (April 5, 2012)

Today's "Brethren in the News" includes two media reports on the tragic death of Castine Church of the Brethren youth pastor Brian Delk earlier this week, as well as a unique art exhibit focused on Jesus' human side at Veritas, a new church development in Lancaster, Pa., and a re-enactment of Jesus' crucifixion at County Line Church of the Brethren in Champion, Ohio, along with links to many more Brethren-related news stories. Read more »


National Council of Churches provides Earth Day Sunday resources (April 4, 2012)

“This year, 2012, we are entering into a spirit of reflection regarding Ethics of Energy. This is the theme of our Earth Day Sunday resource and a series of six webinars we will host throughout the year,” reports the National Council of Churches (NCC) Eco-Justice program. Read more »


Civilian Public Service camps mark 70th anniversaries (April 4, 2012)

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the opening of a number of the Civilian Public Service (CPS) camps where Church of the Brethren conscientious objectors worked during World War II. Some 15 CPS camps overseen by the Brethren Service Committee opened in 1942. Read more »


Ruthann Knechel Johansen to retire as seminary president (April 3, 2012)

Ruthann Knechel Johansen, president of Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., has announced her retirement, effective July 1, 2013. The announcement came in conjunction with the semi-annual meeting of the Bethany Seminary board of trustees. Read more »