News Archives April, 2015


Volunteers for the Church of the Brethren gather for a retreat in Honduras (April 29, 2015)

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) and Global Mission and Service workers gathered for four days in late March at the PANACAM park in Cortes, Honduras, for a time of retreat. The group gathers once a year for reflection, devotion, and support. The retreat was led by Dan McFadden, director of BVS. All of the volunteers, including those in BVS, receive financial support for their work from the Global Mission and Service program of the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


In living memory of Thao (April 29, 2015)

Nguyen Thi Thu Thao, age 24, died Easter morning, April 5. She held a degree from Ho Chi Minh City University of Agriculture and Forestry. She battled for seven years with thyroid cancer, kidney disease, and eye pain. Read more »


Responding to the Nepal earthquake  (April 29, 2015)

“Through the heartbreak of so much destruction and death, Brethren Disaster Ministries is organizing a multilevel response” to the Nepal earthquake, reported Roy Winter, associate executive director of Global Mission and Service and Brethren Disaster Ministries. Read more »


Brethren bits for April 29, 2015 (April 29, 2015)

In this issue: District administrative assistants meet, Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village seeks CEO, Material Resources seeks warehouse assistant, Youth and Young Adult Ministry seeks 2015-2016 assistant to serve through BVS, Bethany featured in the “Palladium-Item,” Shenandoah District Disaster Ministries Auction is May 15-16, and more news from colleges and the John Kline Homestead. Read more »


Foods Resource Bank receives annual Church of the Brethren contribution (April 29, 2015)

The Church of the Brethren through its Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) has contributed an annual gift of $10,000 to the Foods Resource Bank (FRB). The contribution represents the payment of the denomination’s 2015 commitment as an implementing member of FRB. Read more »


Newsline for April 29, 2015 (April 29, 2015)

1) Responding to the Nepal earthquake. 2) Foods Resource Bank receives annual Church of the Brethren contribution. 3) Volunteers for the Church of the Brethren gather for a retreat in Honduras. 4) Bethany Seminary event explores Anabaptism for today. 5) Manchester University Medical Practicum: Three decades of service and counting. 6) Faith rising out of the ashes: Brethren make visit to EYN headquarters in Kwarhi. 7) Meeting EYN leadership: Working toward normalcy. 8) Chiques Church of the Brethren is a giving church. 9) Bethany Seminary commencement scheduled for May 9. 10) ‘Way to Live: Justice and Forgiveness’ webinar is offered May 5. 11) WCC launches new websites promoting pilgrimage of justice and peace. 12) In living memory of Thao. 13) Brethren bits Read more »


‘Way to Live: Justice and Forgiveness’ webinar is offered May 5 (April 29, 2015)

“Way to Live: Justice and Forgiveness” is part of a continuing series of webinars for those involved in youth and young adult ministry. It is offered Tuesday, May 5, at 8 p.m. (Eastern time), with leadership from Marie Benner-Rhoades of the staff of On Earth Peace. For more information go to the Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/1407556442833102 . Read more »


Meeting EYN leadership: Working toward normalcy (April 29, 2015)

Nigeria Crisis Response co-directors Carl and Roxane Hill continue a series of articles introducing leaders of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). In today’s piece, the Hills interview EYN general secretary Rev. Jinatu Wamdeo, and his late brother Bulus Libra, a lay pastor and a leader in the Margi-speaking community: Read more »


Chiques Church of the Brethren is a giving church (April 29, 2015)

In mid-April, Chiques Church of the Brethren in Manheim, Pa., sponsored a dinner and silent auction to help support the Nigeria Crisis Fund. Jennifer Cox, one of the event organizers, said, “Church of the Brethren in the United States has responded to the crisis with an outpouring of resources to bring relief and hope to our brothers and sisters in Nigeria who are living daily with the threat of violence.” Read more »


Fellowship of Brethren Homes Forum focuses on strategic planning (April 21, 2015)

The Fellowship of Brethren Homes met in its annual Forum on April 14-16 in Des Moines, Iowa, and Dallas Center, Iowa. The Forum was hosted by Maureen Cahill, administrator of Spurgeon Manor retirement center in Dallas Center. Fourteen of the twenty-two Church of the Brethren-related retirement communities were represented. With guests, there were 21 people present. Read more »


Newsline for April 21, 2015 (April 21, 2015)

1) Mission 21 and Church of the Brethren sign MOU for cooperative work in Nigeria with EYN. 2) Fellowship of Brethren Homes Forum focuses on strategic planning. 3) Bethany Theological Seminary dedicates student housing. 4) Don Knieriem is hired as database administrator. 5) NOAC attendees are invited to take a bus to National Older Adult Conference. 6) Camp Mack marks 90 years with August Homecoming. 7) Churches launch resource to end corporal punishment of children. 8) Circle of hands, circle of hope. 9) Meeting EYN leadership: It’s all in the name. 10) Brethren bits. Read more »


Camp Mack marks 90 years with August Homecoming (April 21, 2015)

The Church of the Brethren’s longest-running camps are becoming nonagenarians. Camp Mack (Milford, Ind.), the second-oldest camp in the denomination, is commemorating its 90th anniversary on the shores of Lake Waubee this year with a full slate of events. It follows Camp Harmony (Hooversville, Pa.), which turned 90 a year ago. Read more »


Meeting EYN leadership: It’s all in the name (April 21, 2015)

In this two-part article, Nigeria Crisis Response co-directors Carl and Roxane Hill introduce two leaders of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria): Rev. Mbode M. Ndirmbita, who serves as EYN vice president; and Rev. Ayuba, pastor of the EYN church in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. Read more »


Don Knieriem is hired as database administrator (April 21, 2015)

Don Knieriem’s work in the Information Technology department of the Church of the Brethren has transitioned to the salaried position of database administrator, starting April 20. This position is responsible for coordinating changes to the denomination’s computer databases, testing and implementing databases, as well as planning, coordinating, and implementing changes to the computer databases. Read more »


Brethren bits for April 21, 2015 (April 21, 2015)

In this issue: Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village seeks CEO, Churches for Middle East Peace seeks interns, Global Food Crisis Fund review panel welcomes new members, prayer requested for service and learning trip to S. Sudan, Knobsville Church celebrates its 60th, 45th Annual Dunker Church Service at Antietam Civil War battlefield, Shenandoah consecrates new Brethren Disaster Ministries utility building and kit assembly room, and much more. Read more »


Mission 21 and Church of the Brethren sign MOU for cooperative work in Nigeria with EYN  (April 20, 2015)

Mission 21, a longstanding partner of the Church of the Brethren mission in Nigeria and of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding about continuing cooperation in the Nigeria Crisis Response. Read more »


NOAC attendees are invited to take a bus to National Older Adult Conference (April 20, 2015)

National Older Adult Conference is only a few months away! If you don’t have a way to get there, why not take a bus? Four buses from around the country will be heading to Lake Junaluska, N.C., for NOAC in September. Read more »


A Newsline Special in Honor of the Chibok Girls (April 14, 2015)

1) Remembering the Chibok girls, one year later. 2) Endless horror: Stories from the parents of the Chibok girls. 3) Tales of escape: Bible college student interviews displaced Nigerians. 4) Spiritual resources to remember and honor the Chibok girls. 5) Office of Public Witness offers webinar on Nigeria conflict and the environment Read more »


Remembering the Chibok girls, one year later (April 14, 2015)

With the one-year anniversary of the abduction of Nigeria’s Chibok girls, many are wondering, “Where are the girls now?” This is a great question and one for which there is no definitive answer at this time. Read more »


Endless horror: Stories from the parents of the Chibok girls (April 14, 2015)

My sixth visit to Chibok from April 8-10, 2015, was a very risky journey, but I decided to go and deliver letters from the Church of the Brethren congregations in America and express how brothers and sisters from the Church of the Brethren love, care, and have great concern for the abducted Chibok girls’ parents. A lot of people from other churches and other individuals’ hearts ache for them as well. Read more »


Spiritual resources to remember and honor the Chibok girls (April 14, 2015)

The following resources for worship and individual meditation on the one-year anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls were prepared by Joshua Brockway, director of Spiritual Life and Discipleship for the Church of the Brethren: Read more »


Newsline for April 8, 2015 (April 8, 2015)

1) Grants from EDF support Brethren Disaster Ministries projects in New Jersey, Colorado. 2) On Earth Peace Board meets in March at New Windsor, Md. 3) A chat with ‘spirited Brethren’ Carl and Roxane Hill. 4) Religious leaders urge a ban on fully autonomous weapons. 5) Director of Educational Technology named at Bethany Seminary. 6) Summer tour itinerary for Nigerian BEST group and women’s choir is released. 7) Bucher publishes new commentary, discusses ‘Lamentations, Song of Songs’ April 29 at Elizabethtown College. 8) From the General Secretary: Letter to congregations regarding Armenia and Nigeria. 9) A time for humility and service: Love Feast in Nigeria. 10) Silence and real talk: On teaching about the Bible and race in the USA. 11) Brethren bits Read more »


Bucher publishes new commentary, discusses ‘Lamentations, Song of Songs’ April 29 at Elizabethtown College (April 8, 2015)

Christina A. Bucher, the Carl W. Zeigler Chair in Religious Studies at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, recently published a Bible commentary on the book Song of Songs, as part of the Believers Church Bible Commentary series. Bucher’s commentary shares space in the volume, “Lamentations, Song of Songs,” with Wilma Ann Bailey, who explores Lamentations. Read more »


A chat with ‘spirited Brethren’ Carl and Roxane Hill (April 8, 2015)

The Church of the Brethren co-directors of Nigeria Crisis Response, Carl Hill and his wife Roxane from the United States of America, were here once again to assess the impact of the donations made by American Brethren on the activities of EYN (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria, or the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Read more »


Summer tour itinerary for Nigerian BEST group and women’s choir is released (April 8, 2015)

The itinerary for a summer tour by Nigerian groups from Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has been released by the planning committee. The two groups are the Brethren Evangelism Support Trust (BEST), a group of businesspeople and professionals, and an EYN Women’s Fellowship Choir. Read more »


Brethren bits for April 8, 2015 (April 8, 2015)

Personnel, Iran agreement, Fellowship of Brethren Homes 2015 Forum, Shine sponsors “Faith Forward,” Stone Church holds Nigerian Benefit Concert, Dranesville holds “Eat Out” fundraiser, Bridgewater College celebrates 135 years, Mother’s Day Gratitude Project, more Read more »


Grants from EDF support Brethren Disaster Ministries projects in New Jersey, Colorado (April 8, 2015)

Two Brethren Disaster Ministries project sites in the United States are receiving support through grants from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF), totaling $75,000. Brethren Disaster Ministries also has directed an EDF grant to the island nation of Vanuatu after it was hit by Tropical Cyclone Pam. Read more »