News Archives June, 2018


Newsline for June 25, 2018 (June 25, 2018)

NEWS 1) Bethany Seminary president takes part in ecumenical meeting with Pope Francis 2) Resilience amidst staggering needs in Nigeria 3) Young Adult Conference: Teaching with our lives 4) Young adult workcamp goes to Burundi 5) Bethany Seminary receives ATS Peer Group Grant RESOURCES 6) ‘Inglenook Desserts,’ Joseph Bible study, children’s Advent devotional now available from Brethren Press 7) Church World Service provides online 'Interfaith Toolkit to End Family Separation' REFLECTIONS 8) Christ on the run 9) ‘The most challenging letters I've ever written’ 10) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for June 25, 2018 (June 25, 2018)

In this issue: Job openings, Brethren Service Center partnership with IMA World Health ends, offerings at National Youth Conference, Ministry Summer Service orientation, moderator-elect attends advocacy summit of Churches for Middle East Peace, prayer request for violence and suffering in Yemen, Mission Advancement insight session at Annual Conference, Brethren Disaster Ministries “Meet & Greet” at Annual Conference, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


‘Inglenook Desserts,’ Joseph Bible study, children’s Advent devotional now available from Brethren Press (June 25, 2018)

Three new Brethren Press books are now available: “Inglenook Desserts,” the latest in the Inglenook cookbooks series offering recipes from Brethren kitchens; “25 Days to Jesus: A Children’s Advent Devotional written by Christy Waltersdorff and illustrated by Mitch Miller; and “Joseph,” a new Covenant Bible Study written by Eugene F. Roop. Read more »


Church World Service provides online 'Interfaith Toolkit to End Family Separation' (June 23, 2018)

Church World Service (CWS) has put together an extensive online resource titled "Interfaith Toolkit to End Family Separation and Keep Families Together." The Church of the Brethren is a member denomination of Church World Service, and partners with CWS through Brethren Disaster Ministries. CWS has worked for decades with refugee resettlement and support for migrants. Read more »


Bethany Seminary president takes part in ecumenical meeting with Pope Francis (June 23, 2018)

Bethany Seminary president Jeff Carter attended World Council of Churches (WCC) biennial meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, June 15-21. He is the Church of the Brethren representative to the WCC Central Committee, a group of 150 people who represent nearly 40 percent of the WCC’s 348 member churches. Read more »


Welcoming the stranger: A call for just immigration reform (June 18, 2018)

Church of the Brethren general secretary David Steele is recommending to the Church of the Brethren a blogpost from Office of Peacebuilding and Policy associate Victoria Bateman. The post, dated Friday, June 15, reaffirms the longstanding stance of the Church of the Brethren on immigration, outlined in 1982 Annual Conference statement on “Undocumented Persons and Refugees in the United States” ( www.brethren.org/ac/statements/1982refugees.html ), and the biblical basis for extending welcome to refugees and immigrants. Read more »


Brethren are warned of email scam (June 18, 2018)

Scam email messages have been received by some Church of the Brethren members recently, asking for donations to help with refugee resettlement. These are scam messages and should be deleted. Read more »


Newsline Special: Call for just immigration reform; Brethren warned of email scam (June 18, 2018)

NEWS 1) Welcoming the stranger: A call for just immigration reform 2) Brethren are warned of email scam Read more »


Business item on delegate representation withdrawn from Annual Conference agenda (June 9, 2018)

The Leadership Team of the Church of the Brethren will be seeking Standing Committee affirmation to withdraw the new business item titled “Change in Delegate Representation at Annual Conference” due to an oversight in process. Read more »


Newsline for June 9, 2018 (June 9, 2018)

NEWS 1) Business item on delegate representation withdrawn from Annual Conference agenda 2) CDS sends new team to respond to Hawaii volcano 3) Nigeria project aims to save records of victims of Boko Haram violence 4) Devastated Nigerian church denomination conducts Interfaith Peace Conference PERSONNEL 5) Kathy Fry-Miller retires from Children’s Disaster Services UPCOMING EVENTS 6) Intercultural Ministries offers ‘Continuing Together’ call series FEATURE 7) ‘I have been meaning to reach out to the Church of the Brethren for 40 years’ 8) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for June 9, 2018 (June 9, 2018)

In this issue: Personnel notes, McPherson College seeks a spiritual life coordinator, Bethany president Jeff Carter to represent the Brethren at World Council of Churches Central Committee, Brethren Disaster Ministries seeks volunteers to go to St. Thomas US Virgin Islands, “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War” exhibit to be at the Brethren Heritage Center, the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine is set for Sunday, June 10, and more. Read more »


‘I have been meaning to reach out to the Church of the Brethren for 40 years’ (June 8, 2018)

From the early 1980s, I have fond memories of the nice young lady asking for volunteers at a small college in western North Carolina. I raised my hand and volunteered to work for hours beside her, and a big draft horse. Little did I know I’d spend several days hand cutting sorghum cane on the steep slopes of a Virginia mountain farm. Read more »


CDS sends new team to respond to Hawaii volcano (June 8, 2018)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has sent a new team to Hawaii to continue the response to the volcanic eruption that was begun by local volunteers Petie Brown and Randy Kawate. The American Red Cross had requested a CDS team to respond on the Big Island of Hawaii. The new team arrived at the Pahoa shelter on Wednesday, June 6. Read more »


Nigeria project aims to save records of victims of Boko Haram violence (June 7, 2018)

The Centre for Caring, Empowerment, and Peace Initiatives (CCEPI) Humanitarian Analysis project tells many stories. Dr. Rebecca S. Dali started the non-governmental organization (NGO) 29 years ago, in 1989 before Boko Haram violence began to plague northern Nigeria. She started CCEPI because she herself experienced hunger, gender-based violence, and extreme poverty growing up. Her passion for those struggling to live in northeast Nigeria led Dali to provide livelihood, trauma healing, protection monitoring, as well as basic food, clothing, and shelter, and most recently re-integration of abducted women into society. Read more »