News Archives May, 2012


Pre-registration remains open for Ministers’ Association event (May 31, 2012)

Walter Brueggemann, well-known and sought after speaker, author, and biblical scholar, is the keynote speaker for the 2012 Ministers’ Association Pre-Conference Continuing Education Event. The event takes place July 6-7 at the America’s Center Room 120, St. Louis, Mo., in advance of Annual Conference. Read more »


Newsline for May 31, 2012 (May 31, 2012)

Stories include: 1) New Church Planting Conference emphasizes love for God, and others. 2) BBT Board approves new funds for BFI clients and charts a course for Pension Plan. 3) June 4 is the last day of operation of New Windsor Conference Center. 4) Gather ’Round co-sponsors conference on children and youth. 5) Global Food Crisis Fund gives first round of grants for 2012. 6) On Earth Peace announces Bill Scheurer as new executive director. 7) National Young Adult Conference takes place in mid-June. 8) Pre-registration remains open for Ministers’ Association event. 9) Brethren Volunteer Service holds summer orientation unit. 10) Brethren bits: Correction, personnel, Annual Conference deadline, church anniversaries, and much much more. Read more »


June 4 is the last day of operation of New Windsor Conference Center (May 31, 2012)

The New Windsor Conference Center on the campus of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., ceases operation as of June 4. After this week’s chapel service at the denomination’s General Offices, staff called for prayer for those leaving employment with the Conference Center and expressed thanks for their work for the church. Read more »


National Young Adult Conference takes place in mid-June (May 31, 2012)

Online registration closes June 1 for the 2012 National Young Adult Conference of the Church of the Brethren. NYAC will be held June 18-22 at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville on the theme “Humble, Yet Bold: Being the Church” (Matthew 5:13-18). Young adults ages 18-35 who attend will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities including daily worship and Bible studies, free time for fun activities and good conversation, service projects, and more. Bible studies and worship services will be webcast live and available to view online. Read more »


On Earth Peace announces Bill Scheurer as new executive director (May 31, 2012)

The On Earth Peace Board of Directors has announced the selection of Bill Scheurer as its new executive director. Scheurer will take over the role as previous executive director Bob Gross moves to other responsibilities within the organization. The selection was made after an extensive national search and selection process. Read more »


Brethren Volunteer Service holds summer orientation unit (May 31, 2012)

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) announces the start of the 2012 Summer Orientation. To be held June 10-29 at the Brother David Darst Center in Chicago, Ill., this orientation will be the 297th unit for BVS and will consist of eight volunteers from across the US and Germany. Read more »


Gather ’Round co-sponsors conference on children and youth (May 31, 2012)

An innovative conference on ministry with children and youth drew well over 400 people from across North America and from several other countries. “Whatever our faith tradition, wherever we live, we are united in shared convictions that the vitality of the church depends on children and youth and that young people are dear to God’s heart,” said Dave Csinos, founder and chief planner of the conference, called “Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity” (CYNKC). Read more »


Brethren bits for May 31, 2012 (May 31, 2012)

Brethren bits in this issue of Newsline include a correction to a previous issue, personnal announcements, a volunteer opportunity for electricians through BDM, a key deadline for Annual Conference registration, church anniversaries, a $1 million grant for Juniata College, preliminary auction results in Shenandoah District, honors for Brethren individuals, and much more. Read more »


New Church Planting Conference emphasizes love for God, and others (May 30, 2012)

On May 16-19 about 120 people--including seminary and academy students--gathered at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., for the 2012 New Church Planting Conference. The event is held every other year, sponsored by the New Church Development Advisory Committee and Congregational Life Ministries. Read more »


Global Food Crisis Fund gives first round of grants for 2012 (May 30, 2012)

A first round of grants for 2012 has been announced by the Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF). Totaling $23,500, the grants have supported work toward food security in the Sahel region of northern Africa, Haiti, and Honduras. A new review panel for the GFCF also has been named. Read more »


Conference ‘Witness to Host City’ will be school collection (May 15, 2012)

The Annual Conference witness to the city of St. Louis, Mo., will involve the collection of school supplies for the St. Louis Public School system. During the 2012-13 school year, the St. Louis Public Schools will serve approximately 28,000 students in 72 different schools. Read more »


‘Joshua’ is newest Believers Church Bible Commentary (May 15, 2012)

"Joshua" by Gordon Matties has been released as the newest volume in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series. The series is published by Herald Press and MennoMedia, and is available to purchase through Brethren Press. Also new from Brethren Press is the summer quarter of “A Guide for Biblical Studies” written by Kim McDowell on the theme “God Calls for Justice.” Read more »


EDF grants support disaster rebuilding in Alabama, food crisis in Africa (May 15, 2012)

Brethren Disaster Ministries has received an Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) grant for $17,000 to continue its work in Arab, Ala., following an EF 4 tornado that hit the town on April 27 last year. In another recent EDF grant, $8,000 has been given to aid food security in the Sahel region of north Africa. Read more »


Brethren in the News page for May 15, 2012 (May 15, 2012)

A listing of recent online news about Brethren individuals, congregations, and denominational programs includes a number of obituaries plus articles such as “Faiths provide tests of tastes” from the Youngstown (Ohio) Vindicator, and “Governor McDonnell tours Pulaski, Washington Counties tornado recovery” from WSLS TV Channel 10 in Roanoke, Va., complete with video of recipients of new homes built by Brethren Disaster Ministries. Read more »


Newsline for May 16, 2012 (May 15, 2012)

Articles in this issue include: 1) Bethany Seminary grants 16 degrees at 107th commencement. 2) Annual Conference ‘Witness to Host City’ will be school collection. 3) EDF grants support disaster rebuilding in Alabama, food crisis in Africa. 4) Brethren disaster volunteer Steve Keim receives awards. 5) BVSers in Hiroshima help organize peace concert with Brethren singer. 6) Manchester College executive vice president will lead School of Pharmacy. 7) Young Center holds conference on legacy of Alexander Mack Jr. 8) Brethren World Assembly planned for July 2013. 9) ‘Joshua’ is newest Believers Church Bible Commentary. 10) Brethren bits: Personnel, NYAC, CCS photo album, Brethren Press consignment sale, much more. Read more »


Young Center holds conference on legacy of Alexander Mack Jr (May 15, 2012)

The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College is holding a conference June 6-8 titled, “Pietist and Anabaptist Intersections in Pennsylvania: The Life and Influence of Alexander Mack Jr.” Read more »


Brethren bits for May 16, 2012 (May 15, 2012)

Among the Brethren bits for this issue of Newsline, a former moderator will lead W. Plains District youth, Brethren Disaster Ministries seeks a volunteer truck driver, NYAC and the New Church Planting Conference are coming up, there are church anniversaries, and much more in the way of district and college news. Read more »


BVSers in Hiroshima help organize peace concert with Brethren singer (May 14, 2012)

Brethren Volunteer Service workers at the World Friendship Center in Hiroshima, Japan, recently helped organize a concert for peace given by American Brethren folk singer Mike Stern on April 13. Read more »


Brethren disaster volunteer Steve Keim receives award (May 14, 2012)

Steve Keim, a volunteer project leader for Brethren Disaster Ministries, was named Volunteer of the Year by National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) on May 8, during the 2012 Annual VOAD Conference in Norfolk, Va. He also received a second and completely unexpected award, the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Read more »


Brethren World Assembly planned for July 2013 (May 14, 2012)

A Brethren World Assembly, consisting of constituents and friends of the Brethren groups descended from the German Anabaptist/Radical Pietist religious leader Alexander Mack in the early 1700s, will be held in the Dayton, Ohio, area Thursday-Sunday, July 11-14, 2013. Read more »


Bethany Seminary grants 16 degrees at 107th commencement (May 14, 2012)

Bethany Theological Seminary held its 107th commencement the morning of May 5, in Nicarry Chapel on the Bethany campus in Richmond, Ind. Approximately 150 were present to celebrate the achievements of 16 graduates. Read more »


Newsline for May 3, 2012 (May 3, 2012)

Stories in this issue of Newsline: 1) Business items are announced for the 2012 Annual Conference. 2) Conference officers invite Ministry of Reconciliation to broader role. 3) Moderator makes trip to Spain, visits new Brethren group. 4) Christian Citizenship Seminar considers our relationship with carbon. 5) MoR works on new network of conflict transformation practitioners. 6) Manchester trustees approve name change to 'university.' 7) Department of Defense contractor lists released by BBT, FedEx moves up. 8) Brethren Digital Archives project enters Phase 2. 9) Seminary and college commencement ceremonies set for May. 10) Brethren Academy updates its list of courses for 2012-13. 11) Brethren bits: Personnel, job openings, district news, and much more. Read more »


Brethren Digital Archives project enters Phase 2 (May 3, 2012)

The Brethren Digital Archives committee met on April 23 at the Brethren Heritage Center in Brookeville, Ohio. The group is guiding a project to digitize Brethren periodicals and publications. Read more »


Seminary and college commencement ceremonies set for May (May 3, 2012)

Bethany Theological Seminary will be holding its graduation ceremony on May 5, in Richmond, Ind., just one of several Church of the Brethren-related schools that have announced May commencement ceremonies. Read more »


Brethren bits for May 3, 2012 (May 3, 2012)

This edition of Brethren bits includes personnel notices from the University of La Verne and Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village, search for a new president/CEO at Brethren Village, opening for a janitor at the Brethren Service Center, news from the Inglenook Cookbook and the Gather 'Round summer curriculum, lots of district news as well as a church's 100th anniversary, and much more. Read more »


Department of Defense contractor lists released by BBT, FedEx moves up (May 2, 2012)

Honoring the Church of the Brethren’s historic peace stance can be accomplished in many ways, and Brethren Benefit Trust chooses to do so through its investments. BBT does this by compiling lists of publicly traded US Department of Defense contractors each year and prohibiting its investment managers from investing BBT funds in them. Read more »


Brethren Academy updates its list of courses for 2012-13 (May 2, 2012)

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership has updated its list of courses for 2012 and extending into 2013. Courses are open to Training in Ministry (TRIM) or Education for Shared Ministry (EFSM) students, pastors, and other interested persons. Ordained and licensed ministers earn continuing education credit for most courses. Courses noted as “SVMC” are offered through the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, register by contacting SVMC@etown.edu or 717-361-1450. Registration brochures are available at www.bethanyseminary.edu/academy or by calling 800-287-8822 ext. 1824. Read more »


MoR works on new network of conflict transformation practitioners (May 2, 2012)

MoR program coordinator Leslie Frye recently invited representatives from Mennonite Central Committee's Office of Criminal Justice, the Kansas Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR), and Anabaptist conflict transformation practitioners with a range of ages, colors, and affiliations to join MoR practitioners in conversation regarding the potential of forming a sustainable network for the continuing work of reconciliation. Read more »