News Archives April, 2019


Pre-NOAC event offers ‘Labor Day Sabbath rest’ (April 25, 2019)

The Office of Ministry is holding a continuing education event on the opening day of National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) titled “Labor Day Sabbath Rest.” The event on Monday, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Atkins House at Lake Junaluska, N.C., is open to ministers and spouses and all laity. The 50-plus age requirement for NOAC does not apply. Ministers may earn 0.6 continuing education credits. Read more »


Newsline for April 19, 2019 (April 19, 2019)

NEWS 1) Planting potatoes, harvesting choirs in Rwanda 2) Office of Peacebuilding and Policy signs on to letter about Syria 3) EAD 2019 stirs up ‘good trouble’ for healing of national and global problems PERSONNEL 4) Gimbiya Kettering resigns from Intercultural Ministries UPCOMING EVENTS 5) NOAC registration begins May 1 6) Brethren Volunteer Service announces orientation units REFLECTION: ON THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF COLUMBINE 7) This journey is one that no one should have to bear 8) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for April 29, 2019 (April 19, 2019)

In this issue: Celebrating love feast in Rwanda, correction, remembering George Kreps and Jay Stevens and Janet Flory Flaten, job opening, Clergywomen’s Annual Conference Breakfast, Donnels Creek celebrates 210 years, 46th annual Brethren Bible Institute, Mother’s Day Gratitude Project, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


This journey is one that no one should have to bear (April 19, 2019)

On April 20, 1999, Tom and Linda Mauser joined a club that no one wanted to join: the parents of a child victimized by gun violence. Their son, Daniel Mauser, was a victim of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colo. Read more »


NOAC registration begins May 1 (April 19, 2019)

Registration begins May 1 for National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) to be held 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 »


EAD 2019 stirs up ‘good trouble’ for healing of national and global problems (April 19, 2019)

Over the first weekend of April, members of various Christian churches gathered in Washington, D.C., to learn about and advocate for political action. This national gathering, called Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD), is a three-day conference headed by leaders of many Christian denominations and attended by Christians from across the United States. This year’s theme was “Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World,” and participants were encouraged to stir up “good trouble” to initiate positive change. Read more »


Office of Peacebuilding and Policy signs on to letter about Syria (April 19, 2019)

The Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy has signed on to a letter to President Trump regarding Syria. The letter signed by seven faith-based denominations and organizations, some of whom are engaged in providing support for peacebuilding efforts in Syria and humanitarian assistance to displaced Syrians, called for the complete withdrawal of US troops from Syria. It also urges the US administration to address root causes of insecurity in the region. Read more »


Planting potatoes, harvesting choirs in Rwanda (April 18, 2019)

In 2012, the Global Food Initiative (GFI) began supporting a potato project of Evangelistic Training Outreach Ministries of Rwanda (ETOMR) among the Twa people in the village of Bunyove in northwest Rwanda. Read more »


Brethren Volunteer Service announces orientation units (April 18, 2019)

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) has announced the dates and locations of orientation units for the rest of the year. BVS offers orientations to train prospective volunteers to serve fulltime for one or more years at projects across the United States and in several other countries around the world. For more about BVS go to www.brethren.org/bvs . Read more »


Gimbiya Kettering resigns from Intercultural Ministries (April 18, 2019)

Gimbiya Kettering has resigned as director of Intercultural Ministries for the Church of the Brethren, effective May 31. She has served in the position since Jan. 7, 2013. As director of Intercultural Ministries, she has been a member of the staff of Discipleship Ministries (formerly Congregational Life Ministries) and has worked closely with the Intercultural Ministries Advisory Committee. Read more »


Three special concerts to be offered at Annual Conference (April 8, 2019)

The 2019 Annual Conference to be held July 3-7 in Greensboro, N.C., will feature concerts by the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, Jonathan Emmons, and Friends with the Weather. Register for the Conference and find out more about the schedule and other special events at www.brethren.org/ac . Read more »


Bridgewater forum looks at ‘demise and momentum’ in church institutions (April 8, 2019)

“The Status of Brethren Organizations: Demise and Momentum 1994-2019" was the topic of the Bridgewater (Va.) College Forum for Brethren Studies on March 15. The day-long forum featured speakers on four institutions in the Church of the Brethren: Bethany Theological Seminary, Annual Conference, Brethren Press, and the Mission and Ministry Board. Read more »


Brethren Benefit Trust signs Turkmen Cotton Pledge (April 8, 2019)

Brethren Benefit Trust and its affiliate, Brethren Foundation Funds, on April 4 signed the Turkmen Cotton Pledge to show opposition to unacceptable human rights conditions in Turkmenistan, as the government there has been using forced labor to harvest cotton. Turkmenistan is the 11th-largest exporter of cotton in the world, but produces its commodity by threatening adult citizens with dismissal or salary deductions from their regular jobs if they do not assist with the annual cotton harvest. Read more »


Newsline for April 8, 2019 (April 8, 2019)

NEWS 1) Brethren programs begin response to flooding in Midwest and plains states 2) Bridgewater forum looks at ‘demise and momentum’ in church institutions 3) Church of the Brethren offers vacant land for sale in Elgin 4) Brethren Benefit Trust signs Turkmen Cotton Pledge 5) New master's degree highlights Bethany's revised curriculum 6) EYN holds 72nd Majalisa on theme ‘Jesus the Author and Finisher of Our Faith’ PERSONNEL 7) Dan Poole named to faculty position at Bethany Seminary UPCOMING EVENTS 8) Three special concerts to be offered at Annual Conference 9) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for April 8, 2019 (April 8, 2019)

In this issue: Three rural historic black Baptist churches burn down in St. Landry Parish, La.; remembering Dan McRoberts and Naomi Kulp Keeney; personnel notice; Brethren Disaster Ministries signs letter supporting Legal Services Corporation; groups hold meetings at the General Offices; action alert on “How to Celebrate Earth Day”; new life and growth among Brethren in Spain and Rwanda; and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


EYN holds 72nd Majalisa on theme ‘Jesus the Author and Finisher of Our Faith’ (April 8, 2019)

At her 72nd Annual General Church Council Conference, or Majalisa, Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) appointed three directors and an advisor and awarded six members. The conference title “Jesus the Author and Finisher of Our Faith” was taken from the book of Hebrews 12:2, and held between April 2-5 at the EYN Headquarters, Kwarhi, Hong LGA, Adamawa State. About 1,700 participants attended the highest decision-making body of the 96-year-old denomination, which has faced the terrible experience of insurgent activities. Read more »


Church of the Brethren offers vacant land for sale in Elgin (April 5, 2019)

The Church of the Brethren denomination has retained the services of A. Rick Scardino of Lee & Associates for the purpose of selling excess vacant land at its address at 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, Ill. Dundee Avenue is also Illinois State Route 25. Read more »


Brethren programs begin response to flooding in Midwest and plains states (April 5, 2019)

Heavy and widespread mid-March snowstorms led to the beginning of major flooding in the US Midwest. Rivers are still rising and flooding may worsen with the expected heavy rains that may fall in the next several weeks. Flooding along the Mississippi River, James River, and Red River of the North, and many of their tributaries, is causing extensive flooding in Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota, Iowa, and Kansas. Already many homes, businesses, crops, stored grain, roads, and bridges have been destroyed in these communities. Read more »