News Archives April, 2013


Brethren in the News (April 29, 2013)

Latest links to Brethren in the news, for the month of April 2013. Read more »


Mission workers report from annual meeting of Nigerian church (April 25, 2013)

“Our first Majalisa was a good experience,” report Carl and Roxane Hill, Church of the Brethren mission workers with Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). There were over 1,000 in attendance at EYN’s 66th Majalisa on April 16-19. Read more »


Two archbishops kidnaped on day of church appeal for Middle East peace (April 24, 2013)

On the day the Global Christian Forum released an Appeal by Middle East church leaders calling their co-citizens “to reject all forms of extremism and enmity” and for the world community to “to support a Christian presence in the Middle East in partnership with other religions” it was reported that two Orthodox bishops had been kidnaped in Syria. Read more »


Church leaders comment on national tragedy, CDS offers advice for parents (April 22, 2013)

Christian leaders are joining the nation in prayer following the Boston Marathon bombings. Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger added his voice to that of other ecumenical leaders following the tragedy. Ecumenical groups making statements include the Massachusetts Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches, and the World Council of Churches. Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) also has called for prayer and offered advice to help parents talk with their children about what happened. “We join this day in remembering those who lost their lives," said general secretary Stan Noffsinger. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services to work in Boston following bombing (April 19, 2013)

A team from Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) is traveling to Boston to help care for children and family affected by the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Read more »


Annual Conference service project collects school supplies for Charlotte (April 18, 2013)

The 2013 Witness to the Host City at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference will benefit Classroom Central, an organization that distributes free school supplies in the host city of Charlotte, N.C. Read more »


Congregational ethics, ministerial leadership, drone warfare, biblical authority are on business docket for 2013 (April 18, 2013)

Delegates to Annual Conference on June 29-July 3 in Charlotte, N.C., will consider several key documents for the Church of the Brethren, among nine items of business coming to the meeting. As at last year’s Conference, delegates will again be seated together at round tables. Read more »


PAG in Honduras, Brethren in Nigeria and Congo, Friends in Rwanda receive GFCF grants (April 18, 2013)

The Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) has given several grants recently, including an allocation of $60,000 to PAG in Honduras, and $40,000 to an agriculture project of the Rural Development Program of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Also receiving grants of smaller amounts were a Brethren group in the Congo, and a Friends church in Rwanda. Read more »


Brethren bits for April 18 (April 18, 2013)

Brethren bits today corrects a previous announcement on the Progressive Brethren Gathering, remembers church leaders, and offers information about job openings in Southern Pennsylvania District, the World Council of Churches, BHLA, National Farm Worker Ministry, and Christian Peacemaker Teams, among lots of news from and for Brethren. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services offers training workshop in New England (April 18, 2013)

Children’s Disaster Services is offering a New England training workshop on May 3-4 in Litchfield, Conn., at Friendship Baptist Church. This is one of a series of CDS workshops in Connecticut. The workshops in Connecticut after this will give state residents priority, but for this workshop registration numbers are unlimited. Read more »


Newsline for April 18, 2013 (April 18, 2013)

1) Fifty years later, church leaders respond to Birmingham letter. 2) Church leaders comment on national tragedy, CDS offers advice for parents. 3) Nigerian Brethren experience another church attack, hold annual meeting. 4) PAG in Honduras, Brethren in Nigeria and Congo, Friends in Rwanda receive GFCF grants. 5) Disaster and mission staff offer support after fire in South Sudan village. 6) Sponsor a peace and reconciliation scholarship in South Sudan. 7) 3,000 miles campaign of On Earth Peace receives lots of support. 8) Congregational ethics, ministerial leadership, drone warfare, biblical authority are on business docket for 2013. 9) Annual Conference service project collects school supplies for Charlotte. 10) Children’s Disaster Services offers training workshop in New England. 11) Young Adult Conference 2013 is held at Camp Pine Lake in Iowa. 12) Gettysburg Brethren are the subject of John Kline Lecture for 2013. 13) Brethren bits. Read more »


Young Adult Conference 2013 is held at Camp Pine Lake in Iowa (April 18, 2013)

The 2013 Young Adult Conference will be held May 25-27 for Brethren age 18-35 at Camp Pine Lake near Eldora, Iowa. The event will offer participants a long weekend of worship, fun, and fellowship. Read more »


Gettysburg Brethren are the subject of John Kline Lecture for 2013 (April 18, 2013)

The author of a forthcoming book on the religious history of Gettysburg, Pa., will deliver this year’s John Kline Lecture at the John Kline Homestead in Broadway, Va., on April 28. The speaker, Steve Longenecker, will explain the impact of the famous battle on members of the Church of the Brethren (Dunkers) who lived on the battlefield. Read more »


3,000 miles campaign of On Earth Peace receives lots of support (April 17, 2013)

In a recent update on its 3,000 Miles for Peace campaign, On Earth Peace reported that over 60 fundraisers are underway in support. As of last week, over $80,000 has been raised for the Paul Ziegler Young Peacemaker Fund. Twelve riding or walking events have already taken place, and those taking part have already traveled more than 1,000 miles toward the goal of 3,000 miles. The campaign is a fundraiser for On Earth Peace that honors young peacemaker Paul Ziegler. Read more »


Nigerian Brethren experience another church attack, hold annual meeting (April 17, 2013)

Another Nigerian Brethren congregation has suffered an attack during worship, shortly before leaders of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) are to gather for the Majalisa or general church council, equivalent to the Annual Conference of the US church. EYN’s 66th Majalisa is scheduled for April 16-19 Read more »


Brethren members attend Missio Alliance conference (April 17, 2013)

Members of the Church of the Brethren attended the inaugural national gathering of Missio Alliance on April 11-13. Missio Alliance ( www.missioalliance.org ) is an emerging network of evangelicals and Anabaptists looking for a new way to be the church in an increasingly post-Christendom culture. Read more »


Disaster and mission staff offer support after fire in South Sudan village (April 17, 2013)

Staff of Brethren Disaster Ministries and Global Mission and Service have offered support to South Sudanese villagers affected by a recent fire, through a grant from the denomination’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF). Other recent disaster relief grants have gone to Church World Service work at a refugee camp in Thailand, and areas of southern states in the US affected by recent storms. Read more »


Fifty years later, church leaders respond to Letter from Birmingham Jail (April 17, 2013)

Fifty years later, Christian Churches Together (CCT) has issued a response to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” The document was signed by representatives of CCT’s member communions and presented to King’s youngest daughter, Bernice King, at a symposium April 14-15 in Birmingham, Ala. Read more »


Sponsor a peace and reconciliation scholarship in South Sudan (April 17, 2013)

Although South Sudan is a new country, decades of war have left traumatic scars that today manifest themselves in re-occurring clashes, conflicts, and challenges, which all witness to the need for relevant, practical, and sustainable peace efforts in the country. Read more »


Christian leaders celebrate adoption of the world’s first Arms Trade Treaty (April 5, 2013)

“We give thanks to God for the adoption of the world's first Arms Trade Treaty and for the efforts by a large majority of countries and many civil society groups to bring it into existence,” said an April 3 public statement by World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit. Read more »


Big-name speakers to headline Annual Conference in Charlotte (April 5, 2013)

A riddle from Jon Kobel in the Conference Office: Stanley Hauerwas, Philip Yancey, Mark Yaconelli, John McCullough, Sharon Watkins, Ruthann Knechel Johansen, Devorah Lieberman, James Troha, Michael Schneider, Darla K. Deardorff. What do these nationally recognized theologians, authors, educators, and religious leaders all have in common? Answer: All are speaking at the 2013 Annual Conference. Read more »


Newsline for April 5, 2013 (April 5, 2013)

NEWS: 1) Youth voice is heard in New York and Washington during Christian Citizenship Seminar. 2) Christian leaders celebrate adoption of the world’s first Arms Trade Treaty. 3) New 'Shine' curriculum is underway for fall 2014. 4) Fellowship of Brethren Homes members awarded 2013 Continuing Education Grants. 5) Same love, new look: Three new special offerings for the Church of the Brethren. UPCOMING EVENTS: 6) Big-name speakers to headline Annual Conference in Charlotte. 7) Children's Aid Society celebrates 100 years with author of 'The Shack.' PERSONNEL: 8) Brethren Journal Association announces new editor. FEATURE: 9) Global data upend usual picture of Christianity trends. 10) Brethren bits. Read more »


Same love, new look: Three new special offerings for the Church of the Brethren (April 5, 2013)

The Church of the Brethren is now giving congregations the opportunity to participate in a series of three new special offerings in addition to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. They are the Pentecost Offering, the Mission Offering, and the Advent Offering. Although each one has a different theme and individual look, they all share one unified goal: to support the life-changing ministries of the Church of the Brethren. Read more at www.brethren.org/offerings . Read more »


Youth voice is heard in New York and Washington during Christian Citizenship Seminar (April 5, 2013)

During the last week of March, 55 Church of the Brethren youth and advisors joined forces to learn more about the issue of childhood poverty at this year's Christian Citizenship Seminar. CCS is a week-long event sponsored by the denomination's Youth and Young Adult Ministries and Office of Public Witness (formerly Peace Witness Ministries) based in Washington, D.C. Read more »


Brethren bits for April 5, 2013 (April 5, 2013)

Brethren bits for April 5, 2013: In this issue: The ending of a joint staff position in peacemaking between the Church of the Brethren and the NCC, an April 9 advocacy day on gun violence, Older Adult Month resources for congregations to use in May, the new Pope Francis washes feet, and lots of news from Brethren congregations, districts, and colleges. Read more »


Fellowship of Brethren Homes members awarded 2013 Continuing Education Grants (April 5, 2013)

Eight members of the Fellowship of Brethren Homes have been awarded Continuing Education Grants for 2013. The $1,000 grants 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 »


New 'Shine' curriculum is underway for fall 2014 (April 4, 2013)

Development of a new Sunday school curriculum called Shine is underway by Brethren Press and MennoMedia. This month writers are beginning to prepare the first quarter of Shine: Living in God’s Light, which will be available for use in fall 2014. Read more »


Children's Aid Society celebrates 100 years with author of 'The Shack' (April 4, 2013)

The Children's Aid Society of Southern Pennsylvania District is marking April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and also its 100th birthday. The society was started on April 9, 1913. To mark the occasion, the Children's Aid Society is holding a benefit event with Wm. Paul Young, author of "The Shack." Read more »


Brethren Journal Association announces new editor (April 4, 2013)

The Advisory Board of the Brethren Journal Association, in partnership with Bethany Theological Seminary, announces that Denise Kettering-Lane has been named the new editor for "Brethren Life and Thought." Read more »