News Archives May, 2017


EYN president warns pastors of bowing to material things, at KBC graduation (May 22, 2017)

Joel S. Billi, president of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), warned pastors of bowing to material things and called them to be different in society, at the 52nd graduation ceremony of EYN’s Kulp Bible College in Kwarhi. The president, who expressed his joy in this occasion at EYN’s highest theological institution, was represented by vice-president Anthony A. Ndamsai. Read more »


Brethren Benefit Trust adopts 2017 Department of Defense investment screens (May 22, 2017)

The Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) board has adopted 2017 Department of Defense screens for investments. Each year as part of its Brethren values investing initiatives, BBT’s Board of Directors approves investment screens by adopting two Department of Defense lists comprised of companies that earn significant revenue from US military operations. Read more »


Annual Conference 2017 offers special programming, opportunities for spiritual enrichment, continuing education (May 22, 2017)

Organizers of the 2017 Annual Conference highlight special programming for this year’s annual meeting of the Church of the Brethren, taking place in Grand Rapids, Mich., June 28-July 2. In addition to business sessions for delegates, all attendees will have opportunities for spiritual enrichment, continuing education, fellowship, and family oriented activities. Read more »


Brethren bits for May 22, 2017 (May 22, 2017)

In this issue: Correction, remembering Allen Hansell, personnel notes and job openings, “Another way of living” statements sought for use at Annual Conference, August workcamp in Nigeria needs more participants, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Newsline for May 22, 2017 (May 22, 2017)

NEWS 1) EDF grants go to Kenya drought, flood responses in Missouri and W. Virginia 2) GFI grants go to China, Africa Great Lakes region, the DR, community gardens, nutrition program in DC 3) Christian groups begin global prayer and fasting ‘For Such a Time’ 4) Millions join hearts and minds to pray for end to famine 5) Prayer requested for the millions of people facing famine 6) Brethren Benefit Trust adopts 2017 Department of Defense investment screens 7) EYN president warns pastors of bowing to material things, at KBC graduation ANNUAL CONFERENCE 8) Annual Conference 2017 offers special programming, opportunities for spiritual enrichment, continuing education PERSONNEL 9) Districts announce new leadership 10) Brethren bits Read more »


EDF grants go to Kenya drought, flood responses in Missouri and W. Virginia (May 22, 2017)

Brethren Disaster Ministries has directed its most recent allocation from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to support Church World Service (CWS) response to a drought in Kenya. Another recent grant funds the start of a Brethren Disaster Ministries rebuilding project site in Missouri. Earlier this year, a similar grant funded a limited project in West Virginia. Read more »


GFI grants go to China, Africa Great Lakes region, the DR, community gardens, nutrition program in DC (May 22, 2017)

The most recent grant from the Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Initiative will help improve the diets of clients of a hospice in China. Other grants approved in recent months aid agricultural work in the Africa Great Lakes region, the education of leaders among Brethren in the Dominican Republic, and several community gardens in the United States that are connected with Church of the Brethren congregations. An additional domestic allocation supports the Brethren Nutrition Program of Washington (D.C.) City Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Districts announce new leadership (May 22, 2017)

Three districts in the Church of the Brethren have announced new leadership. David Banaszak has been hired to lead Middle Pennsylvania. Kris Hawk will be the new district executive minister for Northern Ohio. Tabitha H. Rudy is interim associate district executive for Virlina. Read more »


Prayer requested for the millions of people facing famine (May 20, 2017)

More people face famine today than at any time in modern history, with 20 million people at risk of starvation and millions more suffering drought and food shortages. In light of this, the All Africa Conference of Churches and the World Council of Churches invite us to take part in a Global Day of Prayer to End Famine on May 21. Read more »


Christian groups begin global prayer and fasting ‘For Such a Time’ (May 20, 2017)

In a concerted effort identifying the need to work on hunger and famine relief, a number of Christian groups in the US and internationally have announced a season of prayer and fasting that began on Sunday, May 21. According to the United Nations and other experts, 20 million people are at risk of starvation in four regions--northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen--and millions more are suffering from drought and food shortages. Read more »


CCS: Sparking a passion for social justice (May 12, 2017)

I’ve found that social media does an amazing job of keeping track of timelines I could never have kept straight for myself. While scrolling through my Facebook feed during a time of leisure at this year’s Christian Citizenship Seminar, I stumbled upon pictures of me and other 2015 CCS participants enjoying the city life in Washington, D.C. and New York. The energy of my companions and the dynamic cities we explored together left me even more excited to learn about the issues surrounding immigration, which was the theme of CCS the year that I attended as a high school junior. Read more »


Brethren bits for May 12, 2017 (May 12, 2017)

Correction, remembering Evie Toppel and Lila McCray, personnel notes, CDS continues work in Missouri, Brethren Press seeks dessert recipes for new cookbook, and more Read more »


Ecumenical Stewardship Center offers resources (May 12, 2017)

The 2017 edition of “Giving” magazine titled “Live Generously,” and related materials, are now available from the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. The Church of the Brethren partners with the center in stewardship resources and other initiatives. Read more »


Sandy Schild retires from Brethren Benefit Trust (May 12, 2017)

Sandy Schild has announced her retirement from Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) as of June 1. She has been BBT’s Finance Project manager and Operations Support. She began as director of Financial Operations on Dec. 14, 2009. Read more »


Two units of Brethren Volunteer Service are placed at project sites (May 12, 2017)

In recent months, two units of Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) have been placed at project sites across the United States and in a variety of international settings. The units are listed below by volunteer names and project placements. Read more »


CCS 2017 studies Native American rights and food security (May 12, 2017)

This year’s Christian Citizenship Seminar (CCS) took place from April 22-27. The theme was based on Native American rights and food security. Thirty-eight high school aged youth and their advisers from as far as California to as close as Pennsylvania, and states like Kansas in between, were a part of this year’s CCS. Read more »


Newsline for May 12, 2017 (May 12, 2017)

NEWS 1) Bethany Seminary honors new graduates 2) Bethany trustees focus on new Strategic Plan 3) Office of Public Witness signs on to letter opposing deportations of Haitians 4) CCS 2017 studies Native American rights and food security REFLECTION 5) CCS: Sparking a passion for social justice PERSONNEL 6) Two units of Brethren Volunteer Service are placed at project sites 7) Sandy Schild retires from Brethren Benefit Trust RESOURCES 8) Ecumenical Stewardship Center offers resources 9) Brethren bits Read more »


Office of Public Witness signs on to letter opposing deportations of Haitians (May 12, 2017)

The Church of the Brethren Office of Public Witness has signed on to a letter to the US administration from the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. The letter responds to signals from the administration that a decision may be made not to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 50,000 Haitians living in the United States. Read more »


EYN confirms release of 82 Chibok schoolgirls in prisoner swap (May 8, 2017)

President Joel S. Billi of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has confirmed news reports of the release of 82 of the Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014. Media are reporting that the girls were released to the Nigerian government by Boko Haram on Saturday, in exchange for five Boko Haram suspects. Read more »


Wieand Trust gives grants to church plants in Chicago area (May 5, 2017)

Congregational Life Ministries staff are supporting and overseeing grants from the David J. And Mary Elizabeth Wieand Trust to two church plants in the Chicago area. The Wieand Trust explicitly names Christian work in Chicago as one of three purposes for its grants. Read more »


Newsline for May 5, 2017 (May 5, 2017)

NEWS 1) Worship service closes upper campus of the Brethren Service Center 2) Employees end service with the church upon closing of the Brethren Service Center upper campus 3) Wieand Trust gives grants to church plants in Chicago area 4) Messenger magazine receives awards UPCOMING EVENTS 5) Manchester University commencement marks 100th anniversary of Dan West’s graduation REFLECTION 6) May Bible study on the Annual Conference theme: The people of God made new 7) Brethren bits Read more »


Employees end service with the church upon closing of the Brethren Service Center upper campus (May 5, 2017)

With the closing of the upper campus of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., 10 employees of the Church of the Brethren end their work with the denomination. A few more will do so in coming weeks. Read more »


Brethren bits for May 5, 2017 (May 5, 2017)

In this issue: Personnel notes, Brethren Disaster Ministries responds to Missouri flooding, new tractors for the Nigeria Crisis Response, BVS office hosts its annual Think Tank meeting, upcoming auctions support disaster relief, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Messenger magazine receives awards (May 4, 2017)

Messenger, the Church of the Brethren magazine, has received two awards from the Associated Church Press. The first is an award of excellence for publisher Wendy McFadden’s online essay “A Playlist of Mercy and Hope.” The second award is an honorable mention for redesign of the Messenger website. Read more »


Worship service closes upper campus of the Brethren Service Center (May 2, 2017)

A worship service on Sunday afternoon, April 30, closed the upper campus of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. Some 125 people gathered on the lawn in front of the Old Main building on a warm, sunny afternoon to remember and celebrate the ministries that have taken place at the campus. Read more »