News Archives June, 2019


Brethren bits for June 29, 2019 (June 29, 2019)

In this issue: Monroe Good memorial service, personnel notes, job openings, BVS newsletter, BHLA News and Notes, news from congregations and districts, IMA World Health works in ebola hot zone, call for “ecological conversion,” and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Annual Conference 2019: Bits and pieces (June 28, 2019)

The 2019 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren takes place next week July 3-7 in Greensboro, N.C. Presiding will be moderator Donita Keister, moderator-elect Paul Mundey, and Conference secretary James Beckwith. Keister preaches for opening worship Wednesday evening. Pre-Conference meetings include the Ministers’ Association annual continuing education event and the Standing Committee meetings of district delegates, among others. Read more »


Remembering cost of following Jesus at May 15 service for WWI conscientious objectors (June 28, 2019)

On May 15, International Conscientious Objection Day, a group representing local congregations from each of the historic peace churches and the Community of Christ (an emerging peace church) came together for a memorial service honoring the conscientious objectors during World War I. Approximately 84 people attended from local congregations and Scott Holland attended from the faculty of Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind. Read more »


Junior high conference inspires youth to be strong and courageous (June 28, 2019)

With the theme song “Strong and Courageous” by Kyle Remnant and Jon Wilson still ringing in their ears, 250 Brethren who had come together for National Junior High Conference prepared to leave Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. Read more »


Upcoming Brethren Academy courses are announced (June 26, 2019)

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership has announced upcoming courses open to TRIM and EFSM students, pastors (who may earn 2 continuing education units per course), and other interested people. The academy is a joint program of Bethany Theological Seminary and the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Peace Day 2019: Making the case for peace (June 25, 2019)

On Earth Peace announces its 13th annual campaign to promote Peace Day, the International Day of Peace, on Sept. 21, 2019. The theme for Peace Day 2019 is “The Case for Peace.” This year’s campaign helps participants build the case for peace from a Christian perspective. Read more »


Compelling Vision Process Team publishes report on district conversations (June 20, 2019)

The Compelling Vision Process Team has published a report on the district conversations of the past year, to share with the denomination in advance of compelling vision conversations planned for Annual Conference. The report is titled, “Unfolding Journey: A Report on the District Conversations.” Find this and other information about the compelling vision process at www.brethren.org/compellingvision . Read more »


Office of Peacebuilding and Policy signs letter for World Refugee Day (June 20, 2019)

The Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy has signed a letter asking Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to strengthen US refugee resettlement as a core part of a robust international religious freedom agenda. The 42 signatories to the letter, which was coordinated by World Relief, represented a wide range of faith traditions. It was sent to the appropriate officials at the State Department and to the Vice President’s office. Read more »


Atlantic Northeast District ministry commission shares update on recent work (June 15, 2019)

Following the action of the 2018 Atlantic Northeast District Conference to not approve the proposed same gender marriage policy, the district ministry commission began discussions on next steps in continuing their work on this issue. Discussion included the 1983 Annual Conference statement “Human Sexuality from a Christian Perspective” as well as acknowledging the importance of all the Annual Conference statements in the life of the church and all those who serve as set-apart ministers. Read more »


General secretary signs letter about war in Yemen (June 15, 2019)

Church of the Brethren general secretary David Steele is one of 21 Christian leaders from across the country to sign a letter regarding the war in Yemen. Coordinated by Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), the letter was sent to Congress, including the leadership of the House and Senate and relevant committees. Read more »


Christine and Josiah Ludwick complete year of work in Rwanda (June 15, 2019)

Christine and Josiah Ludwick have completed their year of service as Global Mission workers with the Church of the Brethren in Rwanda. They traveled to Rwanda in August 2018 with their children Rachel and Asher. Read more »


Thriving in Ministry completes survey of multivocational pastors (June 15, 2019)

The Thriving in Ministry program, a new denominational initiative supporting multivocational congregational pastors, has completed a large-scale online survey gathering information about the joys and challenges of pastors working in bivocational and part-time ministry. Between two-thirds and three-fourths of Church of the Brethren pastors serve as multivocational leaders, and more than 600 were invited to take part in this survey. The results of the survey will inform the next steps for the program. Read more »


Pacific Southwest District shares support to those affected by Camp Fire (June 15, 2019)

More than six months have passed since the destructive Camp Fire burned through most of the northern California town of Paradise and the surrounding area. The work in the community at recovery efforts and the making of plans for rebuilding the town continue to move forward, but the pace has been slow--in part because of a rainy winter and spring that settled over much of the area. Read more »


Xenos Project is launched by Intercultural Ministries (June 15, 2019)

The Intercultural Ministries of the Church of the Brethren has launched a venture called the Xenos Project. The word Xenos is a Greek word meaning stranger or alien. The purpose of Xenos is to build a community of congregations feeling called to speak up, stand up, and take action supporting immigrants within our nation. Read more »


Brethren bits for June 15 (June 15, 2019)

In this issue: National Jr. High Conference, personnel, job opening, Nigeria Crisis Response update, We Are Able workcamp, Conference on Drone Warfare, “Why We Can’t Wait,” course on Brethren history, Juneteenth at First Chicago, “Candid Conversations” from Denver, continuing tornado response in S. Ohio and Kentucky District, cuts at Elizabethtown College, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Newsline for June 15, 2019 (June 15, 2019)

1) Anabaptist Church Consultation on the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service 2) Thriving in Ministry completes survey of multivocational pastors 3) General secretary signs letter about war in Yemen 4) Xenos Project is launched by Intercultural Ministries 5) Atlantic Northeast District ministry commission shares update on recent work 6) Pacific Southwest District shares support to those affected by Camp Fire 7) Christine and Josiah Ludwick complete year of work in Rwanda 8) Ministry Summer Service interns begin ministry placements 9) Brethren bits Read more »


Ministry Summer Service interns begin ministry placements (June 15, 2019)

The Ministry Summer Service (MSS) participants for this summer have completed orientation and 4 interns have begun serving for 10 weeks in ministry placements. MSS orientation began May 31 at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Mentors arrived June 3, and orientation ended on June 5. Read more »


Anabaptist Church Consultation on the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service (June 7, 2019)

Anabaptist Church Consultation on the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service Read more »


Brethren bits for June 1, 2019 (June 1, 2019)

In this issue: Remembering Monroe Good, personnel notes, job openings, Pentecost Offering, workcamp in China, Candlelight Vigil on Family Separation, African Dialogue Series at the UN, continued prayer for Nigeria, action alert on civilian casualty reporting, letter on Cuba, more. Read more »


Church and Peace celebrates 70 years of active peace work in Europe (June 1, 2019)

About 150 people from peace churches, peace organizations, communities, friends, and guests--from 10 denominations and Christian traditions and 14 countries--met to mark the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the European ecumenical network Church and Peace. They gathered on May 18 for a ceremony in the Reformation Church of Moabit in Berlin to celebrate the network’s past, present, and future with the theme, “‘I will give you future and hope’ (Jeremiah 29:11): 70 years of living nonviolence and resisting militarization.” Read more »


Newsline for June 1, 2019 (June 1, 2019)

NEWS 1) Children’s Disaster Services responds to Missouri and Iowa tornadoes 2) Southern Ohio and Kentucky Brethren begin tornado response 3) Eastern Shore Brethren celebrate sesquicentennial 4) Faith leaders gather in Flint for environmental justice tour, plan for ecumenical water justice action 5) Church and Peace celebrates 70 years of active peace work in Europe PERSONNEL 6) Lamar Gibson resigns from On Earth Peace staff 7) Brethren bits Read more »


Faith leaders gather in Flint for environmental justice tour, plan for ecumenical water justice action (June 1, 2019)

From May 13-14 in Flint, Mich., 23 board members of Creation Justice Ministries, an ecumenical eco-justice organization, gathered to pray, learn, and act for water justice. The Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy is an active member, and membership affords opportunities to network with other Christian communions, denominations, and fellowships with active commitments to protect, restore, and more rightly share God’s creation. Read more »


Eastern Shore Brethren celebrate sesquicentennial (June 1, 2019)

About 80 people gathered at Camp Mardela in Denton, Md., on May 19 to mark the 150th anniversary of the first Brethren arriving on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. In 1869, Jacob Kline and his family settled in Caroline County, near where the camp is now located. Brethren built their first meeting house about a decade later, in 1880, near Easton. Seven Mid-Atlantic District congregations are located on the Eastern Shore today. Read more »


Lamar Gibson resigns from On Earth Peace staff (June 1, 2019)

On Earth Peace has announced that Lamar Gibson, development director for the agency, has resigned as of May 25. Gibson began work for On Earth Peace in September 2016, coming out of a background of almost a decade of experience in both private business and the nonprofit sector as a fundraiser and a consultant on business operations and development. Read more »