News Archives June, 2015


Newsline for June 24, 2015 (June 24, 2015)

1) Junior high conference helps youth address change, while keeping a focus on God. 2) Lightsabers and communicating with junior highs: An interview with Bethany dean Steve Schweitzer. 3) Work/learning group makes trip to South Sudan. 4) Fahrney-Keedy announces appointment of Stephen Coetzee as president/CEO. 5) Brethren bits Read more »


Lightsabers and communicating with junior highs: An interview with Bethany dean Steve Schweitzer (June 24, 2015)

When pondering the best tools to use to communicate with junior high youth, lightsabers may not appear on the top of the list. However, according to Bethany Theological Seminary academic dean and professor Steve Schweitzer, they may have their place. Read more »


Tour schedule for EYN Women’s Fellowship Choir and BEST (June 24, 2015)

A Women’s Fellowship (ZME) Choir and BEST group from Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) will tour the US this summer, June 22-July 15, 2015. Some 60 Nigerian Brethren women and men are expected. Read more »


Work/learning group makes trip to South Sudan (June 24, 2015)

South Sudan has experienced nearly continuous war since 1955. Although a peace accord was signed between North Sudan and South Sudan in 2005, the people of South Sudan have continued to suffer under ineffective South Sudanese government, lingering military engagement with North Sudan, and tribal conflicts. Read more »


Junior high conference helps youth address change, while keeping a focus on God (June 24, 2015)

An acorn. Small, ordinary, even insignificant. Yet that small seed transforms into a massive, rooted, solid oak tree. Read more »


Brethren bits for June 24, 2015 (June 24, 2015)

In this issue: EYN Women’s Fellowship Choir and BEST begin summer tour, media covers tour, Office of Public Witness holds lunch with choir in DC, BHLA interns change up, new warehouse assistant for New Windsor, Beacon Heights pastor in NY Times, On Earth Peace developing work for racial justice, and more. Read more »


Church of the Brethren sends letter of condolence to African Methodist Episcopal Church (June 18, 2015)

A letter from the Church of the Brethren, signed by general secretary Stan Noffsinger and Intercultural Ministry director Gimbiya Kettering, has been sent to members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The letter shares condolence, in response to the shooting there Wednesday, June17, which has been characterized as a hate crime. Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries volunteers help clean up after Colorado tornado (June 17, 2015)

On June 4, around 6:30 p.m., an EF3-rated tornado touched down in Berthoud, Colo. The tornado was 200 yards wide with maximum sustained winds of 135-140 miles per hour. It tracked 5 miles during the 13 minutes it was on the ground. On Friday evening volunteers with the Brethren Disaster Ministries rebuilding project site in Greeley, Colo., decided to drive to the area that was struck to see if there was anything we could do to help. Read more »


National Junior High Conference worship will be webcast (June 17, 2015)

Worship services at the National Junior High Conference taking place this weekend at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College will be webcast. The conference is offered by the Church of the Brethren Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Junior high youth from across the denomination will gather the weekend of June 19-21 for a faith formation experience that will include worship, fellowship, workshops, recreation, and more. Link to the webcasts at https://livestream.com/livingstreamcob/NJHC2015 . Read more »


Brethren bits for June 17, 2015 (June 17, 2015)

Corrections to Nigerian Brethren tour schedule, Fahrney-Keedy acting president, Spurgeon Manor seeks development officer, NRCAT letter, Senate acts on torture legislation, BVS events in Maryland, BHLA newsletter, videos from Bethany event, more Read more »


Newsline for June 17, 2015 (June 17, 2015)

1) Brethren Disaster Ministries volunteers help clean up after Colorado tornado. 2) ‘Basin and Towel’ publication is discontinued. 3) Bethany Seminary calls new executive director of institutional advancement. 4) National Junior High Conference worship will be webcast. 5) Brethren bits Read more »


‘Basin and Towel’ publication is discontinued (June 17, 2015)

Congregational Life Ministries of the Church of the Brethren has announced that the magazine “Basin and Towel” will discontinue publication following the July release of Vol. 6, Issue 2 titled “Transitions.” Read more »


EYN teams available to visit churches this summer, choir tour itinerary is updated (June 10, 2015)

Nigerian Brethren teams will be available to visit churches this summer, in addition to the tour by the EYN Women’s Fellowship (ZME) Choir and the BEST group, according to the EYN Planning Committee. The committee is made up of members of three Pennsylvania congregations--Lancaster, Elizabethtown, and Mountville Churches of the Brethren--and is chaired by former Nigeria mission worker Monroe Good. Read more »


Emergency Disaster Fund grants support Shalom in Burundi, CWS aid to Haitian Dominicans (June 10, 2015)

The Brethren Disaster Ministries staff have directed two grants from the Church of the Brethren Emergency Disaster (EDF) to support the Shalom ministry’s work with Burundi refugees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and to the work of Church World Service to assist Haitians living in the Dominican Republic. Read more »


Interfaith community is built for Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram  (June 10, 2015)

Children sat watching, under a shady tree. Women in colorful Nigerian dress, carrying babies on their backs, wandered by to greet us. The sound of hammers filled the air at the building site, shortly after I arrived in Nigeria in late March. Men were nailing sheets of metal roofing on the three-room houses that would make up the Gurku Interfaith Camp for families who fled the violence of Boko Haram and lost everything. Read more »


Newsline for June 10, 2015 (June 10, 2015)

1) Emergency Disaster Fund grants support Shalom in Burundi, CWS aid to Haitian Dominicans. 2) Interfaith community is built for Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram. 3) EYN teams available to visit churches this summer, choir tour itinerary is updated. 4) ‘Glory of Gardening’ webinar discusses spiritual benefits, wellness brought by gardening. 5) Registration closes soon for Ministers’ Association pre-Conference event. 6) Message from the moderator of Annual Conference 2015. 7) WCC general secretary urges a ‘spirituality of justice and peace’. 8) Brethren bits Read more »


‘Glory of Gardening’ webinar discusses spiritual benefits, wellness brought by gardening (June 10, 2015)

A webinar titled “The Glory of Gardening: The Hidden Promises of Community Gardening” will take place on Monday, June 15, at 7 p.m. (Eastern time). This is the final event in a webinar series sponsored by the Going to the Garden initiative of the Office of Public Witness and the Global Food Crisis Fund. Read more »


Message from the moderator of Annual Conference 2015 (June 10, 2015)

Dear Friends, grace and peace to you in the name of our God whose love is a powerful gift to us and to the world. Read more »


Brethren bits for June 10, 2015 (June 10, 2015)

In this issue: Remembering Kathy Hess, Youth and Young Adult Ministry seeks volunteer, Brethren Disaster Ministries assess needs after Colorado tornado, Brethren leader signs letter about Israel’s plan to forcibly transfer Palestinians from West Bank, EYN president interviewed by Nigerian news, N. Indiana District hosts auction in support of Nigeria Crisis Response, Bill and Betty Hare celebrate 50 years at Camp Emmaus, and more. Read more »


Registration closes soon for Ministers’ Association pre-Conference event (June 10, 2015)

Registration closes on Monday, June 15, for the Minister’s Association pre-Annual Conference event in Tampa, Fla., on July 10-11. This continuing education event for licensed and ordained ministers is titled “Delving Deeply into Compassion,” and will be led by Joyce Rupp, an author and speaker on the topic of compassion. Read more »


Ministry Summer Service pairs interns with mentors for church ministry (June 3, 2015)

Ministry Summer Service (MSS) orientation is being held this week at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Interns arrived over the weekend, mentors arrived on Monday afternoon, and the group continues its orientation through Wednesday. Read more »


Newsline for June 3, 2015 (June 3, 2015)

1) Children’s Disaster Services cares for children affected by Texas storms, flooding. 2) District executives sponsor conference celebrating gifts, calling for leadership. 3) Transforming ‘thorns’ into joyful action at Young Adult Conference. 4) Global Food Crisis Fund gives more than $90,000 in grants. 5) Ministry Summer Service pairs interns with mentors for church ministry. 6) The EYN pastor’s wives’ conference: A joyful reunion. 7) Trauma healing in Nigeria: A cathedral of tears and forgiveness. 8) Brethren bits Read more »


Trauma healing in Nigeria: A cathedral of tears and forgiveness (June 3, 2015)

Musa* grew up in a close-knit family that did not change even as they became adults. The siblings looked out for each other and their parents. When Boko Haram insurgent activity increased in 2014, the family became concerned for the welfare of their parents and tried to get them to move to a safer place. The parents refused, saying that at their age, they had no interest in running away from home. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services cares for children affected by Texas storms, flooding (June 3, 2015)

“Our Children's Disaster Services team in Houston is keeping busy,” reported Kathy Fry-Miller, associate director of Children’s Disaster Services (CDS). A CDS volunteer team has been caring for children and families affected by the storms that have hit Texas recently, causing tornados and also widespread flooding in north-central areas of the state. Read more »


Global Food Crisis Fund gives more than $90,000 in grants (June 3, 2015)

The Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) has allocated a number of grants totaling more than $90,000. The allocations support Proyecto Aldea Global in Honduras, THARS in Burundi, a community garden related to Mountain View Church of the Brethren in Idaho, two community garden projects in Spain, and agricultural training in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read more »


District executives sponsor conference celebrating gifts, calling for leadership (June 3, 2015)

“Are you fanning into flame your gift? Have you started any fires yet?” asked Belita Mitchell, who spoke for the opening plenary of a conference on leadership sponsored by the Council of District Executives (CODE). The conference on May 14-16 was the first such CODE event, and was hosted by Frederick (Md.) Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Brethren bits for June 3, 2015 (June 3, 2015)

In this issue: Betsy Mullich resigns from Brethren Disaster Ministries, Aaron Neff to serve as Brethren Historical Library and Archives intern, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) seeks a personnel coordinator and Palestine Project support coordinator, Nigerian Brethren give thanks for people who escaped from Gwoza, Brethren Academy provides “Healthy Boundaries 201" training at Annual Conference, webinar about World Refugee Day, and more. Read more »


Transforming ‘thorns’ into joyful action at Young Adult Conference (June 3, 2015)

Collect. Plant. Grow. Tend. When we came together as a group for Young Adult Conference over Memorial Day weekend, our focus during worship, workshops, and small groups was on these four themes. Overall, we reflected on and discussed how we can take the negative and painful “thorns” of our world and transform them into “joyful action” meant to bring God’s kingdom into this world. Read more »