News Archives May, 2014


Newsline for May 20, 2014 (May 20, 2014)

1) Planting conference looks toward an intercultural church. 2) Bethany Seminary celebrates commencement. 3) Nominations sought for Open Roof Awards. 4) Committee studying ecumenism seeks responses to survey. 5) Attack by Boko Haram kills Nigerian Brethren, EYN president requests continued prayer. 6) EYN church leaders meet with 58 Chibok schoolgirls’ parents. 7) Brethren and ecumenical partners continue support for Nigeria and the abducted girls. 8) Ten Bible studies available to help youth prepare for NYC 2014. 9) One man’s journey to all 44 churches in Southern Pennsylvania District. 10) Brethren bits Read more »


EYN church leaders meet with 58 Chibok schoolgirls’ parents (May 20, 2014)

The president of EYN (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria, the Church of the Brethren Nigeria) Samuel D. Dali, met with parents of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted on April 14. EYN, a world known peace church, operates largely in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe States in Nigeria, where a state of emergency has been in place for over a year. Read more »


Committee studying ecumenism seeks responses to survey (May 20, 2014)

The Annual Conference study committee on a Vision of Ecumenism for the 21st Century is conducting a survey of the delegates of Annual Conference 2013, Young Adult Conference participants, those involved in district ministry, and Mission and Ministry Board members as it prepares to write a Church of the Brethren vision paper on ecumenism. Read more »


Brethren and ecumenical partners continue support for Nigeria and the abducted girls (May 20, 2014)

A round up of news tidbits from this past week, demonstrating a variety of ways in which Brethren congregations and districts have been offering prayer and support for Nigerian Brethren and the abducted schoolgirls. Also below: statements of support from ecumenical partners, as well as media interviews and stories with links to find them online: Read more »


Planting conference looks toward an intercultural church (May 20, 2014)

Church of the Brethren planters and those interested in church planting gathered for the 2014 conference, “Plant Generously, Reap Bountifully--Toward an Intercultural Future.” The conference is offered every two years, sponsored by Congregational Life Ministries and the New Church Development Advisory Committee. Read more »


Ten Bible studies available to help youth prepare for NYC 2014 (May 20, 2014)

The National Youth Conference (NYC) Office has released 10 Bible studies for youth groups to use as they prepare to attend the July 19-24 conference. Several of the Bible studies were written by NYC speakers, using the scripture text they will preach on during the week of NYC. Read more »


Brethren bits for May 20, 2014 (May 20, 2014)

In this issue: Remembering former mission doctor Marvin Blough, assistant coordinators named for next workcamp season--plus workcamp commissioning resources, Washington City Church seeks food ministries coordinator, promising new legislation in the Dominican Republic, orientation dates for the Brethren Academy, and much more. Read more »


One man’s journey to all 44 churches in Southern Pennsylvania District (May 20, 2014)

While sitting at our District Conference in 2011, I turned to my pastor and whispered that I suddenly felt a need to visit all 44 congregations in our district. His look of question probably matched my confused feeling, for even as the words left my mouth I had no idea why I had the need to do this. I wasn’t sure I had the time, or the energy, to carry it through. Up to this point, I had only visited a few other congregations outside of Mechanicsburg, which I have been part of since birth. All I knew for sure was that I was being nudged for some unknown reason to take this venture. Read more »


Attack by Boko Haram kills Nigerian Brethren, EYN president requests continued prayer (May 20, 2014)

Samuel Dali, president of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria or EYN), sent news today by e-mail of a new attack by Boko Haram in which several EYN members were killed. Boko Haram is an extremist sect in northern Nigeria violently seeking a “pure” Islamic state, and is responsible for last month’s abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls from a school in Chibok, Nigeria. Read more »


Nominations sought for Open Roof Awards (May 20, 2014)

The deadline is drawing near for nominations for the 2014 Open Roof Awards, presented annually to a congregation or district in the Church of the Brethren that has made great strides in becoming accessible to people with disabilities and offering opportunities for them to serve. Read more »


‘Shine Together’ guide for leaders and teachers helps introduce new curriculum (May 13, 2014)

“Shine Together: The Essential Guide for Leaders and Teachers” is now ready for immediate shipping from Brethren Press. “Shine Together” introduces teachers and leaders to ways to transform Sunday school into a time of nurturing faith and experiencing God’s love. The book not only explains the nuts and bolts of a Shine session but also faith formation, the inclusion of children who learn differently, spiritual practices with children, and more. Shine is the new curriculum from Brethren Press and MennoMedia. Read more »


Brethren bits for May 13, 2014 (May 13, 2014)

In this issue: Two position openings at BBT, Manchester Church to make concert DVD available, Lost and Found Church makes strides in Big Rapids, Virlina’s World Hunger Walk results, Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center celebrates the Brunk Revivals Exhibit, among more news by and for Brethren. Read more »


Church of the Brethren chief executives join CWS at gathering to strengthen ties for work together  (May 13, 2014)

"CWS is about our members, partners, and a myriad of colleagues working together, as institutions and as coalitions, but even more, as people. That is the vision of our faith and our values." Read more »


Newsline for May 13, 2014 (May 13, 2014)

1) Children’s Disaster Services begins new collaboration with Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). 2) Church of the Brethren chief executives join CWS at gathering to strengthen ties for work together. 3) Nigerian Brethren continue to suffer attacks, Global Mission and Service sends relief funds. 4) Report on CCEPI visit to Chibok on May 6. 5) A round up of responses to Nigeria’s crisis. 6) #BringBackOurGirls: Righteous, compassionate justice. 7) NYC Prayer Day scheduled for June 22. 8) ‘Shine Together’ guide for leaders and teachers helps introduce new curriculum. 9) Brethren bits Read more »


NYC Prayer Day scheduled for June 22 (May 13, 2014)

A day of prayer for this summer’s National Youth Conference (NYC) has been scheduled for Sunday, June 22. Congregations across the country are invited to set aside a special time in their Sunday morning worship services on June 22 to pray for all who will participate in the conference; youth, advisors, and staff. NYC Prayer Day is intended to invite the entire denomination to participate in the experience of NYC and support those who attend. Read more »


Nigerian Brethren continue to suffer attacks, Global Mission and Service sends relief funds (May 13, 2014)

The members of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria or EYN) continue to suffer attacks from the extremist group Boko Haram. EYN president Samuel Dante Dali reported by e-mail yesterday that another attack has destroyed homes, and family members of a church evangelist have been kidnapped. Read more »


A round up of responses to Nigeria’s crisis (May 13, 2014)

A round up of responses to Nigeria’s crisis Read more »


Walking with the Nigerian church: An interview with Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger and mission executive Jay Wittmeyer (May 12, 2014)

In this interview conducted last month, shortly after they returned from a trip to Nigeria, Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger and Global Mission and Service executive Jay Wittmeyer spoke with Newsline editor Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford about the trip and the situation of the church in Nigeria. They attended the Majalisa or annual conference at the headquarters of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), met with EYN leaders and the Brethren mission staff in Nigeria--Carol Smith and Carl and Roxane Hill--and visited the capital city Abuja. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services begins new collaboration with Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (May 12, 2014)

Disciples Home Missions (DHM), Week of Compassion, and the National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), are collaborating with the Church of the Brethren Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) to create a new position and initiative that will help meet the needs of children affected by disaster. Read more »


Newsline for May 7, 2014 (May 7, 2014)

SPECIAL NEWS SECTION ON NIGERIA: 1) Congregations invited to pray for girls abducted from school in Chibok, Nigeria. 2) Conference moderator provides resources for daily prayer for Nigeria. 3) Action Alert: Bring Back Our Girls. 4) Walking with the Nigerian church: An interview with Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger and mission executive Jay Wittmeyer. 5) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for May 7, 2014 (May 7, 2014)

Brethren bits: Correction, job opening at Brethren Nutrition Program in Washington, D.C., BVS Coast to Coast in the news, new alumni/ae leadership at Bethany Seminary, and more. Read more »


Congregations invited to pray for girls abducted from school in Chibok, Nigeria (May 7, 2014)

In a letter being mailed this week, each Church of the Brethren is invited to pray for one of the girls abducted from Chibok, Nigeria, by name. The majority of the more than 200 abducted schoolgirls, ages 16 to 18, were from EYN (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) although the group included both Muslim and Christian girls. Read more »


Conference moderator provides resources for daily prayer for Nigeria (May 7, 2014)

Annual Conference moderator Nancy Sollenberger Heishman has written a resource for daily prayer for Nigeria, for the girls abducted from a school in Chibok, and for their families. Titled, “With Anguished Tears and Bold Prayers, May We Be One,” the resource is posted online at www.brethren.org/Nigeriaprayerguides . Read more »