News Archives June, 2011


Church leader signs on to letters about Afghanistan, Medicaid budget (June 30, 2011)

Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger has added his signature to two letters from American religious leaders, one addressing the Afghanistan war, and the other on the Medicaid budget. On June 21 as President Obama prepared to announce the number of troops he planned to withdraw from Afghanistan, religious leaders sent him an open letter stating, "It is time to bring the US war in Afghanistan to an end." Read more »


Conference business addresses issues related to sexuality, church ethics, climate change, decorum. (June 30, 2011)

The 2011 Annual Conference taking place in Grand Rapids, Mich., on July 2-6 will have on its business agenda items related to human sexuality, along with a report from a committee studying the need for new guidelines on congregational ethics, and two new queries on climate change and proper decorum for discussions of church business. Read more »


Newsline for June 30, 2011 (June 30, 2011)

News stories: 1) Conference business addresses issues related to sexuality, church ethics, climate change, decorum. 2) Ministries of reconciliation and listening will offer assistance at Annual Conference. 3) Church leader signs on to letters about Afghanistan, Medicaid budget. 4) Group is encouraging local CPS anniversary celebrations. 5) Disaster fund gives $30,000 to start Pulaski Country rebuilding project. 6) Hiroshima monument is dedicated to founder of friendship center. 7) Joan Daggett resigns from Shenandoah District leadership. 8) Jorge Rivera ends service as associate executive for Puerto Rico. 9) Pérez-Borges to serve as associate executive in Atlantic Southeast District. 10) BBT calls John McGough to serve as CFO. 11) Brethren bits: Personnel, job openings, college news, more. Read more »


Ministries of reconciliation and listening will offer assistance at Conference (June 30, 2011)

Many who have attended Annual Conference in past years are familiar with the yellow "On Earth Peace MoR (Ministry of Reconciliation) Observer" badges worn by skilled practitioners during Conference business sessions. This year as particularly sensitive business is discussed, these volunteer "Ministers of Reconciliation" will offer assistance not only during business sessions but throughout the Conference, mediating conflict, facilitating communication, navigating misunderstandings, and in general helping to make sense of the proceedings. Read more »


Group is encouraging local CPS anniversary celebrations (June 30, 2011)

A group that has set up a new website to tell the Civilian Public Service (CPS) story is also encouraging local celebrations of 70th anniversaries of CPS camps around the country. Nearly 12,000 conscientious objectors to war chose Civilian Public Service during World War II, performing "work of national importance" rather than bearing arms. Read more »


Pregunta: Directrices para la aplicacion del documento paparetica congregacional (Annual Conference 2011 business item: Query guidelines for implementation of congregational ethics paper) (June 29, 2011)

Pregunta: Directrices para la aplicacion del documento paparetica congregacional (Annual Conference 2011 business item: Query guidelines for implementation of congregational ethics paper) Considerando que: un código de ética para las congregaciones de la Iglesia de los Hermanos fue adoptada por la Conferencia Anual en 1996; Considerando que: el documento, “Ética para las Congregaciones” fue originado en una recomendación en el documento “Ética en el Ministerio”, aprobado inicialmente por la Conferencia Anual en 1992 .... Read more »


Pregunta: Orientación para responder al cambio de clima de la Tierra (Annual Conference 2011 business item: Query guidance for responding to the changing of the earth's climate) (June 29, 2011)

Pregunta: Orientación para responder al cambio de clima de la Tierra (Annual Conference 2011 business item: Query guidance for responding to the changing of the earth's climate) Considerando lo siguiente: Dios creó la tierra y la calificó como buena, y sigue amar a toda la creación, animada y inanimada, humana y no humana (Génesis 1, Salmo 24, Juan 3:16-17, y otros); Considerando lo siguiente: El clima de la Tierra continúa calentándose .... Read more »


Pregunta: Decoro Apropiado (Annual Conference 2011 business item: Query proper decorum) (June 29, 2011)

Pregunta: Decoro Apropiado (Annual Conference 2011 business item: Query proper decorum) Considerando que la Iglesia de los Hermanos tiene una historia y una práctica para buscar la mente de Cristo juntos, y Considerando que la Iglesia de los Hermanos ha comprendido su sentido de comunidad como abarcar la responsabilidad unos a otros como hermanos y hermanas de la fe misma, y .... Read more »


Una declaración de Confesión y Compromiso (Annual Conference business item: Statement of Confession and Commitment) (June 29, 2011)

Una declaración de Confesión y Compromiso (Annual Conference business item for 2011: Statement of Confession and Commitment). El tema de la homosexualidad sigue aportando la tensión y la división dentro de nuestro Cuerpo. No somos de la misma opinión sobre este asunto. Creemos que es tiempo para el nombre del quebrantamiento. Un intercambio abierto entre las personas con perspectivas y creencias diferentes acerca de la homosexualidad a menudo parece imposible. Con demasiada frecuencia los debates en la vida del Cuerpo sobre esta cuestión .... Read more »


Pregunta: Lenguaje sobre relaciones de acuerdo entre individuos del mismo sexo (Annual Conference 2011 business item: Query Language on Same Sex Covenantal Relationships) (June 29, 2011)

Pregunta: Lenguaje sobre relaciones de acuerdo entre individuos del mismo sexo (Annual Conference 2011 business item: Query Language on Same Sex Covenantal Relationships). Considerando que la Iglesia de los Hermanos tiene una historia y práctica de buscar la reconciliación, y Considerando que la Iglesia de los Hermanos ha experimentado ... Read more »


Newsline Remembrance: S. Loren Bowman (June 20, 2011)

S. Loren Bowman, 98, former general secretary of the Church of the Brethren, passed away on June 17. He was general secretary of the denomination for almost a decade, from July 15, 1968, until his retirement Dec. 31, 1977. Read more »


Annual Conference bits and pieces: Messenger Special Response series, join in Sunday webcast, follow AC news, and more (June 16, 2011)

Annual Conference bits and pieces: Messenger Special Response series, join in Sunday webcast, follow AC news, and more Read more »


CDS volunteers go to Springfield, complete Joplin response (June 16, 2011)

A new response site for Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) is Springfield, Mass., which was hit by a tornado on June 2. A team of five CDS volunteers began work there late last week in response to a call from the American Red Cross. Meanwhile, CDS volunteers are completing a project to care for children of families living in shelters in Joplin, Mo. Read more »


Haitian church celebrates 100th home (June 16, 2011)

A group of church leaders from the US traveled to Haiti June 4-8 to help Eglise des Freres Haitiens (the Church of the Brethren in Haiti) celebrate completion of the 100th home built by Brethren Disaster Ministries. The church was also celebrating a new Church of the Brethren guesthouse, which will be able to house workcamps. Read more »


Conference officers review how Special Response decisions will be made (June 16, 2011)

The Annual Conference officers review how Special Response business items will be addressed during the Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., on July 2-6. Two years ago, Annual Conference adopted "A Structural Framework for Dealing with Strongly Controversial Issues" and directed two items of new business to that framework. Read more »


Newsline for June 16, 2011 (June 16, 2011)

The June 16 issue of Newsline features the following stories: 1. Conference officers review how Special Response decisions will be made. 2. Annual Conference bits and pieces. 3. Haitian church celebrates 100th home. 4 CDS volunteers go to Springfield, complete Joplin response. 5. Carol Bowman resigns as coordinator of stewardship formation. 6. New webinar focuses on importance of emotional intelligence. 7. Denominational Deacon Trainings continue in 2011. 8. Brethren bits: Corrections, remembrance, personnel, BVS on Today Show, and more. Read more »


Brethren in the News - June 15, 2011 (June 15, 2011)

Brethren news items from across the Internet, dating from June 1 through June 15, 2011. Read more »


Emergency Disaster Fund makes grants for tornado response (June 3, 2011)

Two grants have been given from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) for disaster response work following recent tornadoes in the United States. A grant of $15,000 responds to an expanded appeal from Church World Service (CWS) following a weekend of tornadoes that affected seven states from Oklahoma to Minnesota, and $5,000 is supporting the work of Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) volunteers in Joplin, Mo. Read more »


For the peace of the city: International Day of Prayer for Peace 2011 (June 3, 2011)

On Earth Peace is kicking off its fifth annual campaign organizing community groups and church congregations to participate in the International Day of Prayer for Peace (IDPP) on Sept. 21. The scripture theme for the 2011 campaign is "Seek the peace of the city--for in its peace, you will find peace" (Jeremiah 29). The IDPP is an initiative of the World Council of Churches, related to the United Nations observance of an international day of peace. Read more »


AmeriCorps education awards cut off to faith-based volunteer network (June 3, 2011)

After 15 years of participation in the AmeriCorps education award program, Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) has learned that its access to the program has been cut off. Federal budget cuts mean the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is not funding such grants to the volunteer networking organization of which BVS is a member, for the 2011-2012 term. Read more »


BBT board approves changes impacting retirees of Brethren Pension Plan (June 2, 2011)

The phasing out of the Brethren Pension Plan Annuity Benefit Reduction Assistance Program and a change in how the fund that pays out all Pension Plan annuities is invested were two major action items approved by the Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) Board of Directors when they met April 30 and May 1 at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Read more »


Planting network rolls out year-long prayer emphasis (June 2, 2011)

The New Church Development Advisory Committee is "rolling out a year-long prayer emphasis" according to Jonathan Shively, executive director of Congregational Life Ministries. Over the months leading up to the 2012 church planting conference, the committee aims "to cultivate a dynamic network of prayer that includes sharing prayer needs and telling stories about ways that prayer is being answered," he announced in a Facebook post. Read more »


Brethren and the Civil War (June 2, 2011)

In a recent newsletter, Shenandoah District included the following reflection on the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, and how Brethren at the time responded: "On May 19-22, 1861, the Brethren held their Yearly Meeting at Beaver Creek (now a congregation near Bridgewater, Va.). This is a particularly historic and meaningful gathering that deserves commemoration because it occurred in our district during the turbulent, opening days of the Civil War...." Read more »


Newsline - June 2, 2011 (June 2, 2011)

BBT board approves changes impacting retirees of Brethren Pension Plan; AmeriCorps education awards cut off to faith-based volunteer network; Emergency Disaster Fund makes grants for tornado response; planting network rolls out year-long prayer emphasis; Michael Wagner resigns as Sudan peace worker; International Day of Prayer for Peace 2011; Officers issue prayer calendar to prepare for Annual Conference; Brethren and the Civil War; Brethren bits: Remembrance, personnel, jobs, Annual Conference, more. Read more »


Officers issue prayer calendar to prepare for Annual Conference (June 2, 2011)

The Annual Conference officers are requesting prayer for the 2011 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, on July 2-6 in Grand Rapids, Mich. A prayer calendar is available in this news story, and is online at www.brethren.org/ac in a format designed for easy use as a planner and for printing. The Implementation Committee of the Standing Committee of district delegates was asked to create a resource to help the officers and committee spiritually prepare for the work in Grand Rapids. This prayer calendar is the result, and is being shared with the whole church. Read more »