News Archives July, 2013


Harold Giggler: CDS volunteers care for children following Asiana crash (July 30, 2013)

Following the July 6 crash landing of an Asiana Airline plane at the San Francisco airport, five volunteers from the Critical Response Childcare Team of Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) worked with children for three full days from July 10-12. The following story from this CDS response was shared by team member Mary Kay Ogden. Read more »


Peace Day 2013: With whom will you make peace? (July 24, 2013)

Peace Day is coming up soon on Sept. 21, and this year’s theme asks one simple question: With whom will you make peace? Read more »


Four congregations receive the 2013 Open Roof Award (July 24, 2013)

The Open Roof Award is presented each year to congregations who have made specific efforts to “ensure that all may worship, serve, be served, learn, and grow in the presence of God, as valued members of the Christian community.” Read more »


Covenant study on women in Luke and Acts, Guide for Biblical Studies on ‘First Things’ new from Brethren Press (July 24, 2013)

A new Covenant Bible Study from Brethren Press titled “Women in Luke and Acts” is among the new resources from the Church of the Brethren publishing house. Order by calling 800-441-3712 or ordering online at www.brethrenpress.com . Read more »


Brethren bits for July 24, 2013 (July 24, 2013)

In this issue: A kitchen volunteer is needed at New Windsor, BVS/BRF Unit to start, Ohio ice cream social benefits disaster relief, Brethren colleges that are great places to work, and much much more. Read more »


August issue of ‘Basin and Towel’ to focus on peace (July 24, 2013)

The August issue of “Basin and Towel,” a magazine produced by the Congregational Life Ministries of the Church of the Brethren, focuses on "The Issue of Peace." The staff hope to encourage a new congregational focus on “something that often is overlooked as a basic tenet of the Church of the Brethren,” said editor and Deacon Ministry director Donna Kline. Read more »


Newsline for July 24, 2013 (July 24, 2013)

1) Four congregations receive the 2013 Open Roof Award. 2) Brethren volunteers assemble 1,700 Emergency Clean-Up Buckets in two hours. 3) Brethren Disaster Ministries continues to bless SALT with skilled volunteers. 4) Christian Peacemaker Team activists reveal radioactive pollution. PERSONNEL 5) Kendra Johnson to be manager of Global Mission and Service office. UPCOMING EVENTS 6) Peace Day 2013: With whom will you make peace? RESOURCES 7) Covenant study on women in Luke and Acts, Guide for Biblical Studies on ‘First Things’ new from Brethren Press. 8) August issue of ‘Basin and Towel’ to focus on peace. 9) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries continues to bless SALT with skilled volunteers. (July 24, 2013)

As we approach the two year anniversary of Hurricane Irene, it is hard to believe that there are still those who have yet to move back into their homes. Though many homeowners still have their work cut out for them, organizations like Brethren Disaster Ministries (BDM) are helping in a big way to keep the recovery process moving forward. Read more »


Kendra Johnson to be manager of Global Mission and Service office (July 23, 2013)

Kendra N. Johnson has accepted the position of manager in the office of Global Mission and Service for the Church of the Brethren. Her start date will be Sept. 1. She will work at the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services provides support to families affected by Asiana Airlines incident (July 19, 2013)

The Church of the Brethren Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) program has responded to a request for a team of Critical Response Childcare volunteers to work with the American Red Cross following the crash landing of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco. Read more »


Newsline Special: 5th Brethren World Assembly, Annual Conference updates, more (July 17, 2013)

1) Miami Valley of Ohio welcomes the 5th Brethren World Assembly. 2) Quotable Brethren: The 5th Brethren World Assembly in soundbites. 3) Brethren World Assembly video recordings are available. 4) ‘We are wowed’: Updates from Annual Conference 2013. 5) Brethren bits: Aftermath of Zimmerman trial, NYC news, job openings, personnel notes, S. Ohio special conference, more. Read more »


‘We are wowed’: Updates from Annual Conference 2013 (July 17, 2013)

‘We are wowed’: Updates from Annual Conference 2013 Read more »


Brethren bits for July 17, 2013 (July 17, 2013)

Brethren bits for July 17, 2013 Read more »


Brethren World Assembly video recordings are available (July 17, 2013)

Video recordings are available from the 5th Brethren World Assembly. The recordings in DVD format are of the main presentations and worship services, and are made available by the sponsoring body, the Brethren Encyclopedia Board, through the host organization the Brethren Heritage Center in Brookville, Ohio. The taping was done by Brethren videographer David Sollenberger and crew. Read more »


Quotable Brethren: The 5th Brethren World Assembly in soundbites (July 17, 2013)

“Quotable quotes” from the 5th Brethren World Assembly give a flavor of the three days of presentations, panels, sermons, and more: Read more »


Miami Valley of Ohio welcomes the 5th Brethren World Assembly (July 17, 2013)

Extending greetings to all those present at the 5th Brethren World Assembly on July 11-14 in Brookville, Ohio, Brethren Heritage Center board secretary Larry E. Heisey noted the unique location of the meeting. All of the seven main Brethren groups in North America descended from the believers brought together by Alexander Mack Sr. in Schwarzenau, Germany, are represented in the Miami Valley area near Dayton, Ohio. Read more »


Brethren volunteers assemble 1,700 Emergency Clean-Up Buckets in two hours (July 10, 2013)

Why would anyone want to work on a hot summer day? On a Saturday? As a volunteer? For free? Well, 150 people from the Church of the Brethren districts of Atlantic Northeast and Southern Pennsylvania did on June 29 at Florin Church of the Brethren in Mount Joy, Pa. Read more »


Brethren historian leads an insight session on Gettysburg and the Dunkers (July 9, 2013)

Many people have heard of the terrible fighting around the Peach Orchard during the second day of the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. What most Brethren probably don’t know is that the peach orchard belonged to a Brethren family, Joseph and Mary Sherfy. Read more »


Reflecting on ‘The Road Between Ephrata and Elizabethtown,’ a dialogue sermon by Paul Brubaker and Pam Reist (July 9, 2013)

When I first heard about dialogue sermons 35 years ago I was, if not skeptical, at least questioning. Sermons involved one person. Period. But was that the only way? It set me to thinking. Read more »


Church World Service president McCullough addresses Global Ministries Dinner (July 9, 2013)

John L. McCullough, president and CEO of Church World Service (CWS) and speaker at the Global Ministries Dinner at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, was taken with the theme of the conference, “Move in Our Midst.” Read more »


Brethren are challenged to confront self imposed cultural boundaries  (July 9, 2013)

Influenced by her Brethren upbringing, especially her grounding in the value of peacemaking, Darla K. Deardorff challenged church members to confront self-imposed barriers to multiculturalism in her speech to the Journal Association Luncheon during Annual Conference 2013. Read more »


Question of the week (July 3, 2013)

Question of the week: Conference-goers respond to the Day of Spiritual Renewal that was held on Sunday of the Annual Conference Read more »


Wednesday in Charlotte (July 3, 2013)

Highlights of the closing day of Annual Conference 2013 Read more »


Annual Conference recognizes the new Church of the Brethren in Spain (July 3, 2013)

Recognition of the Church of the Brethren movement taking hold in Spain was given with enthusiasm by the delegate body. Read more »


Mission and Ministry Board adopts budget parameter for 2014, welcomes international guests in pre-Conference meeting (July 3, 2013)

A budget parameter for the Core Ministries budget for 2014 was adopted by the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board in its meeting on Saturday, June 29, in advance of the Annual Conference. Read more »


Bethany luncheon features conversation between past president and new president (July 2, 2013)

The Bethany Theological Seminary luncheon is hosted each year by the Bethany Alumni/ae Coordinating Council. The luncheon is a time to recognize recent graduates of Bethany Theological Seminary and the Brethren Academy Training in Ministry programs, current students, faculty, and staff. Read more »


Conference donates backpacks of school supplies in witness to host city (July 2, 2013)

Annual Conference attendees offered a mountain of backpacks filled with school supplies during Sunday afternoon's worship service on June 30. This special offering for the Conference host city of Charlotte, N.C., was a unique way that the Church of the Brethren bears witness to the generosity, service, and love of Jesus. Read more »


Conference decides that 1979 paper on Biblical Inspiration and Authority is still relevant (July 2, 2013)

The Conference delegates have decided that a 1979 Annual Conference statement titled “Biblical Inspiration and Authority” is still relevant today, in response to a query on biblical authority. Read more »


Agency appointees are confirmed by the delegates (July 2, 2013)

The four Annual Conference agencies presented appointees to be confirmed to their boards by the delegate body. The Conference confirmed all of the appointments as follows: Read more »


Proposal on more equitable representation is returned to Mission and Ministry Board (July 2, 2013)

A proposal prepared by the Mission and Ministry Board to respond to a query on equitable representation on the board has been returned to the Mission and Ministry board for further work. Read more »


Tuesday in Charlotte (July 2, 2013)

A review of Church of the Brethren Annual Conference events in Charlotte, N.C., for the day. Read more »


Annual Conference adopts a Resolution Against Drone Warfare (July 2, 2013)

The 2013 Annual Conference has adopted a Resolution Against Drone Warfare. Developed by the Office of Public Witness, the document was passed on to the Conference by the Mission and Ministry Board, which had adopted the resolution at a meeting earlier this year. Read more »


Revision to Ministerial Leadership Polity is returned for further work (July 2, 2013)

The Annual Conference received the Revision to Ministerial Leadership Polity with appreciation for the work that has been done on the document, but returned it to the Mission and Ministry Board “for revision in accordance with Standing Committee concerns, to be brought back to the 2014 Annual Conference.” Read more »


Sending of the Seventy helps bring healing to Northern Plains District (July 1, 2013)

Northern Plains District held an Insight Session to explain a program that was developed and implemented to help bring healing at a time when the district had become deeply divided and tensions were high. Read more »


Monday in Charlotte (July 1, 2013)

A brief review and highlights from Church of the Brethren Annual Conference events today in Charlotte, N.C. Read more »


Ecumenical visitors include Disciples president, BDM partner (July 1, 2013)

Ecumenical guests were introduced to the delegate body during the Monday business session. General secretary Stanley Noffsinger introduced Sharon E. Watkins, president and general minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and Zach Wolgemuth of Brethren Disaster Ministries introduced Charlie Gockel, a partner in the home rebuilding project site in Prattsville, N.Y. Read more »


Election results, David Steele to serve as moderator of the 2015 Annual Conference (July 1, 2013)

In today’s election results, the Annual Conference has chosen David Steele of Martinsburg, Pa., as moderator elect among other elections. Read more »