News Archives May, 2016


Funding is made available for hosting ‘12 Baskets and a Goat,’ among other grants (May 27, 2016)

New funding has been made available for congregations to host performances of the original play by Ted and Co. Theaterworks that benefits Heifer International, called “12 Baskets and a Goat.” The total allocation of $10,000 comes jointly from the Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) and the Office of the General Secretary. Read more »


Newsline for May 27, 2016 (May 27, 2016)

NEWS 1) New church planting conference calls for development of hope and imagination 2) Congregational Life Ministries announce interim plan for sharing executive duties 3) Funding is made available for hosting ‘12 Baskets and a Goat,’ among other grants 4) Community gardeners converge in Wisconsin to discuss their work 5) Nigeria Crisis Response continues to meet needs in the face of devastating trauma 6) EYN and CAMPI receive the Michael Sattler Peace Award in Germany UPCOMING EVENTS 7) Annual Conference ‘Witness to the Host City’ supports children, job readiness 8) Annual Conference Sunday invites Brethren to a joint ‘virtual worship’ 9) On Earth Peace offers opportunities to learn about Kingian nonviolence, anti-racism 10) Brethren bits Read more »


On Earth Peace offers opportunities to learn about Kingian nonviolence, anti-racism (May 27, 2016)

On Earth Peace is offering opportunities to learn about Kingian nonviolence and to get involved in anti-racism work. “Kingian Nonviolence is a philosophy and curriculum which applies agape love to relationships and community problems,” explained an announcement. “The approach was developed by David Jehnsen and Bernard Lafayette Jr., who both worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s.” Read more »


EYN and CAMPI receive the Michael Sattler Peace Award in Germany (May 27, 2016)

“Now I’m back to my roots!” said pastor Ephraim Kadala of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) as he waded in the Eder River in Schwarzenau, Germany. “This is where we come from!” Read more »


Brethren bits for May 27, 2016 (May 27, 2016)

In this issue: Remembering Grady Snyder and Beth Burnette, personnel announcements and job openings, Heifer CEO visits the General Offices, NYAC and the summer workcamp season begin, Bethany Seminary’s president on panel presentation at Princeton, BVS seeks applicants for summer orientation, and news from Brethren congregations, districts, colleges, and more. Read more »


New church planting conference calls for development of hope and imagination (May 27, 2016)

“Hope, Imagination, Mission”--the theme of the Church of the Brethren new church planting May 19-21 in Richmond, Ind., hosted by Bethany Theological Seminary--prompted a new call to the whole church to develop its imagination and foster a new hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Some 100 people participated in worship, keynote presentations, workshops, and a special training track in Spanish. The conference was sponsored by Congregational Life Ministries. Read more »


Annual Conference Sunday invites Brethren to a joint ‘virtual worship’ (May 27, 2016)

“Join congregations and individuals from around the country as we worship together as one virtual church on Annual Conference Sunday, July 3,” said an invitation from the Conference Office. The 2016 Annual Conference takes place in Greensboro, N.C., on June 29-July 3. Read more »


Congregational Life Ministries announce interim plan for sharing executive duties (May 27, 2016)

The Congregational Life Ministries of the Church of the Brethren has announced an interim plan for staff to share executive duties, following the resignation of former executive director Jonathan Shively. Using a collaborative team approach, the plan focuses on sharing oversight of the work of the department and development of staffing and programming. Read more »


Annual Conference ‘Witness to the Host City’ supports children, job readiness (May 27, 2016)

Two local organizations in Greensboro, N.C., will receive support from Conference-goers who attend the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference this summer. The Conference will receive a collection of hygiene items for a project called BackPack Beginnings that supports school children, and a collection of clothing and shoes for the Encore! Boutique Thrift Store and a “Step Up” program for job readiness training. Read more »


Nigeria Crisis Response continues to meet needs in the face of devastating trauma (May 27, 2016)

The response to the Nigeria crisis from the Church of the Brethren has been nothing short of spectacular. Over the last 16 months we have been able to provide support for Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and five NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations). Read more »


Community gardeners converge in Wisconsin to discuss their work (May 27, 2016)

Earlier this month, gardeners converged on Wisconsin from many corners of the country to discuss their work and dream about the next phase of the Going to the Garden initiative. Gardeners hailed from New Mexico, Alaska, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C. Read more »


Mission and Ministry Board names new general secretary for the Church of the Brethren (May 24, 2016)

David A. Steele has been named general secretary-elect of the Church of the Brethren by the denomination’s Mission and Ministry Board. His appointment was announced yesterday, May 23, at a specially called meeting at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. Read more »


Nuevo secretario general de la Iglesia de los Hermanos (May 24, 2016)

David A. Steele ha sido nombrado secretario general electo de la Iglesia de los Hermanos por la Junta de Misiones y el Ministerio de la denominación. Read more »


CCS participants learn about the root causes of mass incarceration (May 14, 2016)

“Brethren, our game is strong…and the story ain’t over yet!” This call to action from Richard Newton heralded the start of Christian Citizenship Seminar (CCS) 2016. Each year CCS brings together high school youth to learn about a social justice issue and put their faith into practice through political advocacy on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Read more »


Daggett hired as project director for Shine, following Stutzman retirement (May 14, 2016)

Joan Daggett of Bridgewater, Va., has accepted the position of project director for Shine: Living in God’s Light, the children’s Sunday school curriculum produced by Brethren Press and MennoMedia. Read more »


New resources include summer Guide for Biblical Studies, curriculum guide for ‘Seagoing Cowboy’ (May 14, 2016)

New resources from Brethren Press include a summer quarter of A Guide for Biblical Studies--the Bible study curriculum for adult Christian education--on the theme “Toward a New Creation,” and a new curriculum guide for the illustrated children’s book “The Seagoing Cowboy.” Read more »


Joe Detrick to serve as interim director of ministry (May 14, 2016)

The Church of the Brethren has hired Joe Detrick as interim director for the Office of Ministry. He will begin in this position on June 22, working out of the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill., and from his home in Seven Valleys, Pa. This interim assignment is expected to continue for one year. Read more »


Brethren letter urges US to take part in talks about nuclear disarmament (May 14, 2016)

The Church of the Brethren’s interim general secretary Dale Minnich has sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the United States to participate in international talks about nuclear disarmament. Read more »


Newsline for May 14, 2016 (May 14, 2016)

NEWS 1) Brethren letter urges US to take part in talks about nuclear disarmament 2) When to ban nuclear weapons is key issue at UN working group 3) CCS participants learn about the root causes of mass incarceration PERSONNEL 4) Joe Detrick to serve as interim director of ministry 5) Daggett hired as project director for Shine, following Stutzman retirement UPCOMING EVENTS 6) Preaching seminar is offered by Bethany alumnae RESOURCES 7) New resources include summer Guide for Biblical Studies, curriculum guide for ‘Seagoing Cowboy’ 8) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for May 14, 2016 (May 14, 2016)

In this issue: Remembrances, personnel notes, job openings, volunteer positions, news from congregations and districts, Brethren Bible Institute dates, Juniata College honors faculty, Bridgewater College recognizes philosophy and religion students, Bridgewater students to work at Brethren camps, WCC protests treatment of staff and partners by Israel, bill to impose draft registration on women makes inroads in Senate, more. Read more »


May is Older Adult Month (May 6, 2016)

Youth Sunday, graduations, Pentecost, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day--May is a busy month! The Office of Intergenerational Ministries encourages congregations to also celebrate May as Older Adult Month. Read more »


Newsline for May 6, 2016 (May 6, 2016)

1) ‘In Tune’ event at Bethany creates a beautiful dissonance 2) May is Older Adult Month 3) Song and Story Fest celebrates its 20th anniversary 4) Brethren bits Read more »


Song and Story Fest celebrates its 20th anniversary (May 6, 2016)

This year’s Song and Story Fest, a family camp and gathering of Brethren musicians and storytellers, will mark a milestone: the 20th anniversary of the annual event. The 2016 Song and Story Fest is scheduled for July 3-9 at Camp Blue Diamond near Petersburg, Pa. Read more »


Brethren bits for May 6, 2016 (May 6, 2016)

Personnel notices, job openings, call for dessert testers for new Inglenook cookbook, developments in legislation regarding military draft, Brethren Voices features moderator Andy Murray, Elizabethtown College’s interfaith leadership studies major gets attention from the New York Times, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


‘In Tune’ event at Bethany creates a beautiful dissonance  (May 6, 2016)

Dissonance is the tension created from the use of two or more musical notes that just don’t seem to go together. When produced correctly or added into a larger chord, however, they create a lovely tension. A lot of churches are facing this dissonance in a metaphorical way as they attempt to include all musical preferences in a single worship service. But this dissonance doesn’t have to be disastrous. Out of the clash of genres can come something even more beautiful. Read more »