News Archives June, 2013


Sunday in Charlotte (June 30, 2013)

Today's Church of the Brethren events in Charlotte, N.C., are given a brief review. Read more »


BBT 5K contributes to On Earth Peace ‘3,000 Miles for Peace’ (June 30, 2013)

At 7 a.m. today, 37 walkers and 64 runners gathered in Freedom Regional Park in Charlotte, N.C., to participate in the 2013 Fitness Challenge at Annual Conference, sponsored by Brethren Benefit Trust. Read more »


Global Food Crisis Fund supports Shepherd Society, ECHO with grants (June 29, 2013)

Recent grants have been given from the Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) to a partnership project with the Shepherd Society of Bethlehem Bible College in Palestine, and to an agriculture project of ECHO, Inc., in the Dominican Republic. Read more »


Standing Committee recommends action on business, holds elections for Nominating and Appeals Committees (June 29, 2013)

Recommendations on several items of business were made by the Standing Committee of district delegates during pre-Annual Conference meetings June 26-29 in Charlotte, N.C. The Standing Committee is tasked with making recommendations to the Annual Conference about how to deal with items of new business. Read more »


Brethren bits for June 28, 2013 (June 29, 2013)

Personnel notes, job openings, Little Swatara consecrates crosses for Annual Conference, Annual Report goes digital, and more. Read more »


Remembering Slim Whitman, the church’s ‘Mr. Songman.’ (June 29, 2013)

Country singer Slim Whitman, 90, who was a longtime member and deacon emeritus at Jacksonville (Fla.) Church of the Brethren, passed away June 19 at Orange Park (Fla.) Medical Center. He was the subject of the book “Mr. Songman,” written by Kenneth L. Gibble and published by Brethren Press in 1982. Read more »


Experiencing God’s love: A young adult conversation with Mark Yaconelli (June 29, 2013)

Nineteen young adults gathered for casual conversation with Mark Yaconelli on Saturday evening at Annual Conference in Charlotte. A circle of chairs filled the small conference room, and the group conversation was comfortable. Brief introductions were made before Mark told a story to set the theme for our time together. Read more »


Saturday in Charlotte (June 29, 2013)

A review of the events of the day, Saturday June 29, at the 2013 Annual Conference in Charlotte, N.C. Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries directs disaster grants to Angola, Palestine (June 28, 2013)

Brethren Disaster Ministries staff have directed allocations from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to SHARE to support schoolchildren in Angola, and to the Shepherd Society of Bethlehem Bible College in Palestine. Read more »


WCC plans 2013 Assembly on the theme ‘God of Life, Lead Us to Justice and Peace.’ (June 28, 2013)

The World Council of Churches (WCC) 10th Assembly will be held Oct. 30-Nov. 8 in Busan, South Korea, on the theme, “God of Life, Lead Us to Justice and Peace.” The Church of the Brethren delegation has already begun preparing for the event. Delegates from each worldwide member communion of the WCC are expected to attend the assembly, which is held every seven years and is considered the largest international gathering of Christians. Read more »


CDS volunteers in Oklahoma care for more than 1,000 children (June 28, 2013)

The number of children served by Children’s Disaster Services volunteers working in Moore, Okla., has now passed 1,000. The CDS volunteers are serving children and families affected by the tornado that devastated the town of Moore in May. Read more »


Moore overwhelmed by donations of unneeded goods (June 28, 2013)

The Brethren Disaster Ministries office has issued an alert that the Moore, Okla., tornado area has been overwhelmed with unneeded donated goods. Disaster response agencies have requested help in stemming the tide. Read more »


Intercultural Gathering scheduled for October on theme ‘The Great Multitude: A Symposium Bringing Us Together.’ (June 28, 2013)

The Intercultural Ministry office, advisory committee, and Virlina District have announced the 2013 Intercultural Gathering, titled “The Great Multitude: A Symposium Bringing Us Together.” The gathering will be held Oct. 25-27 at the Skelton 4-H Center, 775 Hermitage Rd., Wirtz, Va. Read more »


Standing Committee holds special session about On Earth Peace statement of inclusion (June 27, 2013)

Today the delegates from the 23 districts in the Church of the Brethren held a specially called session with On Earth Peace executive director Bill Scheurer to continue conversation about the agency’s Statement of Inclusion. Read more »


Newsline for June 13, 2013 (June 13, 2013)

1) CDS volunteers continue to care for children affected by Oklahoma tornados. 2) Brethren Disaster Ministries to start Sandy recovery project in New Jersey. 3) Young adult event takes place at Camp Pine Lake. 4) World Council of Churches celebrates signing of Arms Trade Treaty. 5) NYC 2014 logo and registration opening date are announced. 6) Brethren Academy updates its list of upcoming courses. 7) Progressive Brethren Gathering to be held in Indiana. 8) Moderator Bob Krouse sets the tone for Annual Conference 2013. 9) Evidence of God working: A revival of faith at McPherson College. 10) UN representative reports ‘troubling’ global meeting on human trafficking. 11) Brethren bits. Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries to start Sandy recovery project in New Jersey (June 13, 2013)

In an exciting new partnership to help recovery in communities displaced by Super Storm Sandy, Brethren Disaster Ministries is collaborating with a trusted local non-profit in a project aimed at increasing the supply of safe and affordable rental housing in New Jersey. This unique project will allow Brethren Disaster Ministries to reach out to a population that is often underserved following disasters, yet whose recovery is crucial to the overall recovery and health of the community. Read more »


UN representative reports ‘troubling’ global meeting on human trafficking (June 13, 2013)

After attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting on the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Church of the Brethren UN representative Doris Abdullah wrote the following report and personal responses to the issue: Read more »


Brethren bits for June 13 (June 13, 2013)

Brethren bits for June 13: This issue includes two corrections, a remembrance of Doris Hollinger, several job openings, personnel notes, link to summer worship resources from Gather ’Round, information about a Brethren Voices interview of BVS director Dan McFadden, and more. Read more »


Young adult event takes place at Camp Pine Lake (June 12, 2013)

More than 40 young adults from across the country gathered at Camp Pine Lake in Eldora, Iowa, for the Church of the Brethren’s annual Young Adult Conference (or YAC for short). YAC took place over Memorial Day weekend from May 25-27. The young adults had a great time filled with laughter, conversation, coffee, and four square, despite what was otherwise a very rainy and cool weekend in Iowa. Read more »


Moderator Bob Krouse sets the tone for Annual Conference 2013 (June 12, 2013)

“The Church of the Brethren Annual Conference exists to unite, strengthen and equip the Church of the Brethren to follow Jesus.” We find great joy in gathering together. Ironically, the power of our unity can magnify our feelings of vulnerability and frustration. These feelings are not conflicts that can be resolved; they also don’t justify reacting to others unkindly, nor with threats, attacks, or accusations. They are a call to respond respectfully when we are feeling most uncomfortable. Read more »


Evidence of God working: A revival of faith at McPherson College (June 12, 2013)

Reviving traditions as old as reading scripture and sharing communion. Discovering God through such unusual ways as “The Simpsons” and taking a pie to the face. God is active at McPherson (Kan.) College in ways both expected and “strange and mysterious.” Read more »


Progressive Brethren Gathering to be held in Indiana (June 12, 2013)

Registration is open for the 2013 Progressive Brethren Gathering on the theme, “Holy Longing: This Is My Body.” This sixth annual gathering of progressive Brethren will be held Nov. 15-17 at Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren in Fort Wayne, Ind. The theme reflects the gathering’s ongoing commitment to a church and society that affirms the goodness of the whole body of Christ, said a release. Read more »


Brethren Academy updates its list of upcoming courses (June 11, 2013)

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership has updated its upcoming courses, which include a course that incorporates the Ministers’ Association event in advance of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in Charlotte, N.C., beginning in late June. Read more »


NYC 2014 logo and registration opening date are announced (June 7, 2013)

A new logo for National Youth Conference (NYC) 2014, the once every four years Church of the Brethren conference for youth who have completed grade 9 through the first year of college, has been released by the Youth and Young Adult Ministry office. The logo designed by Debbie Noffsinger illustrates the NYC theme from Ephesians 4:1-7, “Called by Christ, Blessed for the Journey Together.” Also announced is the opening date of online registration for NYC: Jan. 3, 2013, Read more »


CDS volunteers continue to care for children affected by Oklahoma tornados (June 7, 2013)

“Please keep the people of Oklahoma in your prayers,” asks Roy Winter, executive director of Brethren Disaster Ministries. Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has had a group of volunteers serving in Moore, Okla., since May 25. As of June 4, 325 children have received care. Read more »