News Archives May, 2019


Children’s Disaster Services responds to Missouri and Iowa tornadoes (May 31, 2019)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has begun a response to the tornadoes that devastated areas of Missouri and Iowa in recent days. CDS is a program of Brethren Disaster Ministries that since 1980 has been meeting the needs of children and families by setting up child care centers in shelters and disaster assistance centers. CDS volunteers are specially trained to respond to traumatized children by providing a calm, safe, and reassuring presence in the midst of the chaos created by disasters. Read more »


Southern Ohio and Kentucky Brethren begin tornado response (May 31, 2019)

Members of the Church of the Brethren’s Southern Ohio and Kentucky District have begun responding to those affected by the tornadoes that hit west-central Ohio, in and around the city of Dayton, on Monday, May 27. Read more »


Brethren Press highlights new resources for congregations (May 17, 2019)

New resources of note from Brethren Press include new quarterly materials from the Shine curriculum, which is jointly produced by Brethren Press and MennoMedia; new quarterly materials for A Guide for Biblical Studies; new Covenant Bible Studies titles; a Spanish-language version of “Another Way of Believing” by Dale W. Brown titled “Otra Manera de Creer”; Living Word Bulletins for the next church year; and the Advent devotional for 2019 titled “Ready” by Frank Ramirez. Read more »


Brethren Life & Thought offers digital access (May 17, 2019)

In the Brethren Journal Association (BJA) annual report to the spring 2019 meeting of the Bethany Theological Seminary board of trustees, association president Jim Grossnickle-Batterton reported the following: Read more »


Christian Citizenship Seminar seeks creative solutions to violent conflict (May 17, 2019)

The Christian Citizenship Seminar gathered 47 high school youth and advisors from Church of the Brethren congregations throughout the US, beginning on April 27 in New York City and ending in Washington, D.C., on May 2, focused on the theme “Creative Solutions to Violent Conflict Worldwide.” The event was led by five Church of the Brethren staff from the Youth and Young Adult Ministry and the Office of Peacebuilding and Policy. Read more »


Leadership Team clarifies congregational withdrawal process to districts (May 17, 2019)

The Leadership Team of the Church of the Brethren has provided district executives with a congregational withdrawal process. This “best practices” document was developed in consultation with the Council of District Executives in keeping with current polity. It was prepared for district leaders who are working with congregations that may be considering withdrawing from the denomination. Read more »


Looking at life through the lenses of faith and science (May 17, 2019)

“Look at Life: A Conference Where Faith Meets Science” started with a big bang. No, not the Big Bang, although that came up in discussion over the course of the three-day event April 25-27 at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind. Isaac Wilhelm, a graduate student at Rutgers University, spoke on “The Big Bang, Fine-Tuning, and the Existence of God,” with an overwhelming energy and enthusiasm that helped dissipate all the travel weariness of the more than 100 participants. Read more »


Newsline for May 17, 2019 (May 17, 2019)

NEWS 1) Church of the Brethren renews memorandum of understanding with Selective Service 2) Ministerial ethics training uses newly commissioned workbook 3) Christian Citizenship Seminar seeks creative solutions to violent conflict 4) Leadership Team clarifies congregational withdrawal process to districts 5) Bethany Seminary conference explores intersection of faith and science 6) Looking at life through the lenses of faith and science RESOURCES 7) Brethren Press highlights new resources for congregations 8) Brethren Life & Thought offers digital access 9) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for May 17, 2019 (May 17, 2019)

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Ministerial ethics training uses newly commissioned workbook (May 9, 2019)

A newly commissioned ministerial ethics workbook is being featured during the current renewal cycle. Every five years ordained and commissioned ministers in the Church of the Brethren are required to take ministerial ethics advanced level training in order to renew their credentialing. Licensed ministers and those new to the denomination are required to take the basic level of training as part of the credentialing process. The ministerial ethics training is the responsibility of the Office of Ministry, working with district leadership and ministry commissions. Read more »


Church of the Brethren renews memorandum of understanding with Selective Service (May 6, 2019)

The Church of the Brethren has renewed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Selective Service System, the federal department responsible for the nation’s preparation for a military draft and draft registration. Selective Service also has worked with the historic peace churches to plan for alternative service for conscientious objectors in the event of a draft. Read more »


Brethren bits for May 4, 2019 (May 4, 2019)

In this issue: Remembering Sue Snyder and Ruby Shenk, compelling vision prayer calendar, job openings at the World Council of Churches, Bethany Seminary commencement, Brethren Disaster Ministries online store, mission prayer requests, anti-drone warfare conference, barrier-free grant program, choir celebrations, and much more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Gathering will dedicate memorial stones for conscientious objectors  (May 4, 2019)

An ecumenical gathering on Wednesday, May 15, will hold a ceremony related to the 2019 International Conscientious Objection Day, and all are invited. A special focus of this gathering will be to dedicate engraved stones remembering those who, in the spirit of two cherished Bible passages (Isaiah 2:4 and Luke 19:42), were conscientious objectors during World War I. Read more »


Global Food Initiative announces numerous grants (May 4, 2019)

In recent months, numerous grants have been made by the Global Food Initiative (GFI) of the Church of the Brethren. Grants have been given for agriculture-related and hunger relief projects in Haiti, Mexico, and Spain, and in the United States to projects related to Church of the Brethren congregations in Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Illinois. Read more »


Newsline for May 4, 2019 (May 4, 2019)

NEWS 1) Emergency Disaster Fund grants totaling $70,000 support Africa cyclone relief 2) Global Food Initiative announces numerous grants 3) On Earth Peace adopts new values, vision, and mission PERSONNEL 4) Hoovers close out their work with Global Mission and Service UPCOMING EVENTS 5) Pre-NOAC event offers ‘Labor Day Sabbath rest’ 6) Gathering will dedicate memorial stones for conscientious objectors 7) Brethren bits Read more »


Emergency Disaster Fund grants totaling $70,000 support Africa cyclone relief (May 4, 2019)

Brethren Disaster Ministries has directed two grants from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to support relief efforts in southern Africa following Cyclone Idai. The two grants are given to longterm partner organizations of the Church of the Brethren. A grant of $40,000 has been given to ACT Alliance, and a grant of $30,000 has been given jointly to IMA World Health and Lutheran World Relief. Read more »


Hoovers close out their work with Global Mission and Service (May 4, 2019)

Jason and Nicole Hoover have concluded their work with the Church of the Brethren Global Mission and Service program in the Dominican Republic in order to begin working with Solid Rock International. Read more »