News Archives June, 2012


Newsline for June 28, 2012 (June 28, 2012)

Today's Newsline articles are 1) Young adults contemplate ‘being the church.’ 2) Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act; Brethren Insurance Services remains compliant. 3) Endowment, donations help fund Haiti Health Program. 4) Bethany Seminary begins its search for a new president. 5) Brethren church in Kaduna, Nigeria, has been burned. 6) Nigerian Brethren hold 65th Annual General Church Council. 7) Follow Annual Conference via Church of the Brethren news coverage. 8) MoR offers guidelines for setting the tone of Annual Conference. 9) Annual Conference bits and pieces. 10) Mission Alive 2012 is held to invigorate interest in mission. 11) Planning begins for NOAC 2013. and 12) Brethren bits. Read more »


Mission Alive 2012 is held to invigorate interest in mission (June 28, 2012)

Mission Alive 2012, a conference sponsored by the Global Mission and Service program of the Church of Brethren, will take place Nov. 16-18 at Lititz (Pa.) Church of the Brethren. The theme is “Entrusted with the Message” (2 Corinthians 5:19-20). Read more »


MoR offers guidelines for setting the tone of Annual Conference (June 28, 2012)

The Ministry of Reconciliation of On Earth Peace has been asked by the Annual Conference leadership to help the denomination create a culture of respect and a climate of safety at this year’s annual meeting. The following communication from the MoR staff of On Earth Peace shares some expectations for those attending the 2012 Annual Conference: Read more »


Follow Annual Conference via Church of the Brethren news coverage (June 28, 2012)

Church members from across the country--and the world--may follow events at this year’s Annual Conference through the onsite coverage provided by a news team of staff and volunteers, writers, photographers, and videographers. Read more »


Annual Conference bits and pieces (June 28, 2012)

Last minutes bits and pieces of news, and updates on events at the Church of the Brethren's 2012 Annual Conference include a room change for the Ministers' Association, a 10 year celebration for VOS, tea with the Global Women's Project, a new Dunker Guide from Brethren Press, and more. Read more »


Brethren bits for June 28, 2012 (June 28, 2012)

Today's Brethren bits include appointment of a new executive for Christian Churches Together, along with Brethren personnel notes and job openings, church and home anniversaries, Camp Colorado comments on the wildfires, "The Otho Winger Experience," and more. Read more »


Brethren church in Kaduna, Nigeria, has been burned (June 27, 2012)

An update on violence in northern Nigeria has been received from Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). In an e-mail dated June 19, EYN headquarters reported that a Brethren church in the city of Kaduna had been burned in an attack, and three people were killed. Read more »


Nigerian Brethren hold 65th Annual General Church Council (June 27, 2012)

The 65th Annual General Church Council or “Majalisa” of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) was held April 17-20 with the theme, “Building a Living and Relevant Church.” This was the first Majalisa led by Samuel Dali as EYN president. Read more »


Endowment, donations help fund Haiti Health Program (June 27, 2012)

A special offering at NYAC has encouraged young adults to be among those helping to fund the Haiti Health Program, which is providing Brethren-based mobile medical clinics in Haiti. Direct contributions to the current clinic program are being received, along with donations to a term endowment created to ensure future funding for the initiative. Read more »


Young adults contemplate ‘being the church’ (June 27, 2012)

National Young Adult Conference was held June 18-22 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. About 105 Brethren between the ages of 18 and 35 gathered from across the country to hear sermons, worship in community, participate in Bible studies and workshops, and explore what it means to be humble, yet bold, as the church in our world today. Read more »


Planning begins for NOAC 2013 (June 27, 2012)

The planning committee for the 2013 National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) met recently at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill., to begin planning next year’s NOAC. The dates for NOAC are Sept. 2-6, 2013. Read more »


Bethany Seminary begins its search for a new president (June 19, 2012)

Bethany Seminary’s Board of Trustees and Presidential Search Committee have begun inviting inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of president of the seminary. President Ruthann Knechel Johansen has announced her plans to retire from the position on June 30 next year. Located in Richmond, Ind., Bethany Theological Seminary is the graduate school and academy for theological education for the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


BVS director participates in conference call with Selective Service (June 14, 2012)

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) director Dan McFadden today participated in a telephone conference call with the Selective Service System. The Selective Service System hosted the call to update participants about Alternative Service plans in the event that a draft is ever called for by the US Congress. The call was hosted by Cassandra Costley, manager of the Alternative Service Program for SSS. Read more »


Church staff involved in ecumenical prayer service for peace in Syria (June 14, 2012)

On Tuesday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. an ecumenical prayer service for peace in Syria was initiated and organized by Nathan Hosler, ecumenical peace coordinator for the National Council of Churches (NCC) and advocacy officer for the Church of the Brethren, in collaboration with Father Fady Abdulahad, a Syrian priest ministering in Alexandria, Va. Read more »


Brethren bits for June 14, 2012 (June 14, 2012)

This issue of "Brethren Bits" includes new contact information for Southeastern District, how to connect to NYAC webcasts, a new logo for the church's advocacy and peace witness office in Washington, D.C., an invitation to Elder John Kline's birthday party, and much more. Read more »


Grants are given to start new Brethren disaster project sites (June 14, 2012)

Two grants have been given from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to start new Brethren Disaster Ministries project sites in New York State and Alabama. Other recent EDF grants also have been announced in response to Church World Service (CWS) appeals for Pakistan and northern Africa. In related news, the Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) also has announced a grant to a Rural Development Program in Nigeria. Read more »


Newsline for June 14, 2012 (June 14, 2012)

This Newsline includes the following stories: 1) A large group prepares for licensing to the ministry in Haiti. 2) Church staff involved in ecumenical prayer service for peace in Syria. 3) BVS director participates in conference call with Selective Service. 4) Grants are given to start new Brethren disaster project sites. 5) Nigerian Brethren are among those killed, injured in Sunday attacks. 6) Webcasts offer opportunity to worship with Conference, from a distance. 7) Conference blood drive is a way to reach out to host city. 8) MSS interns begin a summer of service to the church. 9) Brethren bits: District contact info., NYAC webcasts, new peace witness logo, Elder John Kline birthday party, and much more. Read more »


A large group prepares for licensing to the ministry in Haiti (June 14, 2012)

In late May, Church of the Brethren leaders from the US and Haiti interviewed a large group of people preparing for licensing to the ministry, to serve in Eglise des Freres Haitiens (the Church of the Brethren in Haiti). Nineteen men and women were interviewed. Read more »


Nigerian Brethren are among those killed, injured in Sunday attacks (June 14, 2012)

A congregation of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) was one of those attacked on Sunday by Islamist extremists. At least one EYN member was killed and several more injured. Nigerian church leaders have been requesting prayer for the situation in their country, where the Boko Haram sect has been targeting churches as well as government facilities and police stations with terrorist-type violence. Read more »


Conference blood drive is a way to reach out to host city (June 6, 2012)

The annual blood drive is being planned again for the 2012 Annual Conference in St. Louis, as a way Brethren may give back to the host community. Read more »


MSS interns begin a summer of service to the church (June 6, 2012)

The 2012 class of Ministry Summer Service interns have been holding orientation June 1-6 at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. The mentors for each intern joined the orientation for the last two days of the event. Below is a list of interns and mentors, as well as the ministry settings in which they will serve for the next 10 weeks: Read more »


Webcasts offer opportunity to worship with Conference, from a distance (June 5, 2012)

Join the gathered Brethren for Sunday worship in St. Louis--from your own sanctuary! For a second year, the Annual Conference officers are inviting congregations to join in Sunday morning worship with the church gathered in St. Louis, Mo., for Annual Conference. The invitation is for as many Brethren as possible--across the denomination and across the country--to worship together on July 8. Read more »


General secretary announces decision regarding BMC project with Brethren Volunteer Service (June 1, 2012)

June 1, 2012 (Elgin, Ill.) -- Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger today made an announcement concerning the BMC Kaleidoscope Coordinator as a Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) project. The decision was shared in a letter addressed to Carol Wise, executive of BMC--the Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Interests. Read more »