News Archives July, 2016


Office of Public Witness staff connect with visiting Korean church delegation (July 30, 2016)

The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) hosted a delegation from the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) this week to advocate for a permanent peace treaty between North and South Korea. The Church of the Brethren is a member organization of the NCC, and staff of the Office of Public Witness participated in events with the Korean delegation. Delegation members visited with key members of Congress, White House officials, and members of the ecumenical community to discuss prospects for peace. Read more »


Newsline for July 30, 2016 (July 30, 2016)

NEWS 1) EDF grants go to refugee resettlement, Burundi refugee crisis, Ecuador earthquake, and more 2) Material Resources ships aid to West Virginia, among other work 3) Bethany Seminary re-accreditation visits are scheduled 4) Crisis in Puerto Rico affects wellbeing of islanders, church members 5) Office of Public Witness staff connect with visiting Korean church delegation 6) BRF annual dinner receives message to ‘Carry the Light into the Workplace’ 7) War looms on their borders, but life goes on: A report from Iraqi Kurdistan RESOURCES 8) ‘Ventures’ program aims to serve more congregations with donation-based model 9) Brethren bits Read more »


BRF annual dinner receives message to ‘Carry the Light into the Workplace’ (July 30, 2016)

The Brethren Revival Fellowship (BRF) held its annual dinner meeting in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday evening July 2, during the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference. The room was well filled and the sounds of fellowship abounded. Special music shared by the Glory Girls from the area of White Oak Church of the Brethren in Atlantic Northeast District preceded the evening’s message. Read more »


Material Resources ships aid to West Virginia, among other work (July 30, 2016)

During the month of July, 480 clean-up buckets and approximately 510 school kits were sent to aid flood relief efforts in West Virginia, shipped by the Church of the Brethren Material Resources program based at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. The aid was shipped on behalf of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in partnership with Church World Service (CWS). Read more »


EDF grants go to refugee resettlement, Burundi refugee crisis, Ecuador earthquake, and more (July 30, 2016)

Brethren Disaster Ministries has directed grants from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to assist with refugee resettlement in the United States, the Brethren Church of Rwanda response to Burundi refugees, Heifer International’s response to the earthquake in Ecuador, Church World Service (CWS) emergency preparedness and home construction in Haiti, and Proyecto Aldea Global’s work toward emergency preparedness in Honduras. Read more »


‘Ventures’ program aims to serve more congregations with donation-based model (July 29, 2016)

Since it started four years ago, the “Ventures in Christian Discipleship” program at McPherson (Kan.) College has focused on providing small church congregations with useful, affordable education. With the course offerings in 2016-17, Ventures is about to become even more affordable and, therefore, even more useful. Read more »


Brethren bits for July 29, 2016 (July 29, 2016)

In this issue: Remembering L. Gene Bucher, personnel and job openings, Youth Peace Travel Team blog, African Great Lakes Batwa Conference, Brethren Academy hosts TRIM/EFSM orientation, 46th Annual Dunker Church Service at Antietam, disaster ministry events in Ohio, “Sing Me High” at CrossRoads, and more. Read more »


CDS deployments to California, W. Virginia, mark record number so far this year (July 23, 2016)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) volunteers recently returned from deployments in the areas of Kernville, Calif., and White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. CDS has had a record number of 9 responses so far in 2016, in addition to the Nigeria Healing Hearts response. Read more »


Brethren sign on to letter urging steps to mend divisions between communities, law enforcement (July 23, 2016)

Church of the Brethren interim general secretary Dale Minnich has signed on to a letter from an interfaith coalition to Congressional leaders, which urges that steps be taken to mend divisions between communities and law enforcement. Read more »


Haiti Medical Project expands to include maternal care, water projects, dispensaries (July 23, 2016)

The Haiti Medical Project began as a partnership of American and Haitian Brethren responding to health needs in the wake of a devastating earthquake in 2010. In the time since, the project has grown tremendously with the help of grants from the Global Food Initiative (formerly the Global Food Crisis Fund) and the Royer Family Foundation, and the drive of passionate individuals from both the Church of the Brethren and L’Eglise des Freres Haitiens (Church of the Brethren in Haiti). Read more »


Brethren bits for July 23, 2016 (July 23, 2016)

In this issue: Two-page Wrap Up of Annual Conference is available, personnel notices and job openings, workcamp group gets media attention, 45th anniversary celebration of National Farm Worker Ministry, prayer requests from Global Mission and Service, On Earth Peace Anti-Racism Transformation Team meets, annual World Hunger Auction scheduled for Aug. 13, and more news by, for, and about Brethren--including sales of new items emblazoned with the classic Brethren slogan “When Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies...’” that benefit Brethren Press. Read more »


Amy Beery named admissions counselor for Bethany Seminary (July 23, 2016)

Bethany Theological Seminary announces that Amy Beery of Indianapolis, Ind., has been hired as part-time admissions counselor as of June 29. She earned a master of divinity from Bethany in 2013 and most recently has worked in chaplaincy for Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Read more »


Craig Smith to retire from leadership of Atlantic Northeast District (July 23, 2016)

Atlantic Northeast District executive minister Craig H. Smith has announced his retirement, as of the end of this year. He has served in the position for 19 years. Read more »


Situation in South Sudan deteriorates, Brethren donate vehicle to relief effort (July 23, 2016)

As the situation in South Sudan deteriorates, with recent eruption of renewed armed conflict and United Nations reports that 4.8 million people face food shortages, the Church of the Brethren has donated a vehicle to aid staff in food distribution and other relief work. Read more »


Mission and Ministry Board addresses budget concerns, sets stage for new financial campaign (July 23, 2016)

The Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren held its summer meeting on June 29 in Greensboro, N.C., with a focus on finances. On the agenda were approval of a 2017 budget parameter for the Core Ministries of the denomination, approval of budget revisions for this year 2016, and affirmation of plans for a new financial campaign, among other business. Read more »


Newsline for July 23, 2016  (July 23, 2016)

NEWS 1) Mission and Ministry Board addresses budget concerns, sets stage for new financial campaign 2) Brethren sign on to letter urging steps to mend divisions between communities, law enforcement 3) Mission and service executive joins in meetings at White House, State Department 4) Situation in South Sudan deteriorates, Brethren donate vehicle to relief effort 5) CDS deployments to California, W. Virginia, mark record number so far this year 6) Haiti Medical Project expands to include maternal care, water projects, dispensaries 7) EYN embarks on nationwide ‘Sympathy, Reconciliation, and Encouragement Tour’ PERSONNEL 8) Craig Smith to retire from leadership of Atlantic Northeast District 9) Amy Beery named admissions counselor for Bethany Seminary 10) Brethren bits Read more »


Mission and service executive joins in meetings at White House, State Department (July 23, 2016)

Jay Wittmeyer, executive director of Global Mission and Service, met with White House officials to raise concerns about the US drone warfare program. The meeting in Washington, D.C., included other denominational leaders from other faith traditions with statements challenging US drone warfare. Read more »


EYN embarks on nationwide ‘Sympathy, Reconciliation, and Encouragement Tour’ (July 23, 2016)

Joel S. Billi, president of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has embarked on a “Sympathy, Reconciliation, and Encouragement Tour” to 14 zones nationwide in Nigeria. Read more »


Church leaders call the Brethren to be ‘a landmark of refuge’ in a time of ‘great civil violence’ (July 12, 2016)

Church of the Brethren leaders have released a statement following on a week of shootings that have rocked the nation. The statement is signed by Carol A. Scheppard, moderator of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference; Samuel Sarpiya, moderator-elect of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference; and Dale E. Minnich, interim general secretary of the Church of the Brethren. The statement follows in full: Read more »


Un punto de referencia y de refugio (July 12, 2016)

Los Líderes de la Iglesia de los Hermanos, ante las olas de tiroteos, y violencias que ha sacudido nuestra Nación, pronunciaron las siguientes declaraciones’ firmada por Carol A. Scheppard, quien es la Moderadora de la Conferencia anual, Samuel Sarpiya, Moderador electo de la conferencia anual, y Dale E. Minnich, Secretario general interino de la Iglesia de los Hermanos Read more »


Delegate body refers queries regarding On Earth Peace, living together (July 5, 2016)

On the final afternoon of the 2016 Annual Conference, delegates dealt with the last of the queries still on the business agenda: two queries having to do with On Earth Peace’s agency status and accountability to Annual Conference, and a query titled “Living Together as Christ Calls.” Find links to the full texts of these queries online at www.brethren.org/ac/2016/business . Read more »


‘Witness to the Host City’ collections support two organizations in Greensboro (July 5, 2016)

‘Witness to the Host City’ collections support two organizations in Greensboro Read more »


Former Bethany Seminary president Wayne L. Miller passes away (July 5, 2016)

Wayne Lowell Miller, 91, who was for many years a leader in the Church of the Brethren, passed away on June 24 at the Courtyards, Brethren Village, in Lancaster, Pa. Throughout a lengthy career of service to the church he held academic and leadership positions at four Church of the Brethren-related colleges and universities--Manchester, McPherson, Elizabethtown, and La Verne--and was president of Bethany Theological Seminary, the Church of the Brethren’s graduate school of theology. Read more »


Newsline for July 5, 2016 (July 5, 2016)

A REVIEW OF THE 2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE 1) Delegates refer ‘Query: Same Sex Weddings’ to Leadership Team and CODE 2) Annual Conference names new leadership, Samuel Sarpiya chosen moderator-elect 3) Study committee to work in consultation with BBT on financial, investment concerns related to care for creation 4) Delegate body refers queries regarding On Earth Peace, living together 5) Greensboro’s Civil Rights Museum offers learning opportunity for Brethren 6) Open Roof Fellowship welcomes six new churches 7) Minister’s Association hears from speaker Fr. John Dear on ‘Walking Toward Peace’ 8) ‘Witness to the Host City’ collections support two organizations in Greensboro 9) Annual Conference by the numbers 10) Annual Conference bits and pieces 11) Former Bethany Seminary president Wayne L. Miller passes away Read more »


Greensboro’s Civil Rights Museum offers learning opportunity for Brethren (July 5, 2016)

According to the Christian folk song, “It only takes a spark to get a fire going.” There were certainly many bright lights shining in the darkness during the epic Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ’60s. Read more »


Minister’s Association hears from speaker Fr. John Dear on ‘Walking Toward Peace’ (July 5, 2016)

Participants in this year’s Church of the Brethren Minister’s Association were privileged to receive the teaching and story telling of Fr. John Dear, a Jesuit priest, author, and activist for nonviolence. John (who preferred that we call him that and not “father dear”) came to speak with the Brethren with the strong conviction to affirm who we are as a living peace church, and to challenge us to step further into that calling. Read more »


Annual Conference bits and pieces (July 5, 2016)

A theme is announced for Annual Conference 2017, an increase is approved for the pastors’ recommended cash salary table, six new congregations and fellowships join the denomination, international guests attend in Greensboro, Global Mission shares sad news of the death of a Haitian church leader, and more. Read more »


Delegates refer ‘Query: Same Sex Weddings’ to Leadership Team and CODE (July 5, 2016)

Delegates to the 2016 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren have referred the concerns of “Query: Same Sex Weddings” to the Leadership Team of the Church of the Brethren in consultation with the Council of District Executives (CODE). The vote to refer the query was close to unanimous. Read more »


Annual Conference by the numbers (July 5, 2016)

Annual Conference by the numbers Read more »


Today in Greensboro - Sunday (July 3, 2016)

Today in Greensboro - Sunday Read more »


Study committee to work in consultation with BBT on financial, investment concerns related to care for creation (July 2, 2016)

As a result of a query on caring for God’s creation, a study committee is to be formed. The delegates to Annual Conference voted to appoint the study committee in response to “Query: Continuing the Study of Our Christian Responsibility to Care for God’s Creation.” A vote of 57.6 percent supported the creation of the study. The vote required only a simply majority. Read more »


Delegate body deals with final set of queries regarding On Earth Peace, living together (July 2, 2016)

This afternoon the delegates dealt with the final set of queries on the business agenda, including two queries having to do with On Earth Peace’s agency status and accountability to Annual Conference, and a query titled “Living Together as Christ Calls.” Find links to the full texts of these queries online at www.brethren.org/ac/2016/business . Read more »


Delegates refer ‘Query: Same Sex Weddings’ to Leadership Team and CODE (July 2, 2016)

Delegates to Annual Conference have approved a motion to refer the concerns of “Query: Same Sex Weddings” to the Leadership Team of the Church of the Brethren, in consultation with the Council of District Executives (CODE). The query was referred with a vote that was close to unanimous. Read more »


Today in Greensboro - Saturday (July 2, 2016)

Today in Greensboro - Saturday Read more »


Bethany Theological Seminary luncheon panel discusses being salt and light (July 1, 2016)

Friday at noon Bethany Seminary alumni, faculty, students, and friends gathered for fellowship, to hear remarks from Bethany president Jeff Carter, and to be challenged by words from a panel of presenters. Read more »


Standing Committee recommendation on ‘Query: Same Sex Weddings’ fails to gain two-thirds majority (July 1, 2016)

After a morning of spirited discussion among delegates, “Query: Same Sex Weddings” continues to be on the business floor of Annual Conference. A Standing Committee recommendation on the query failed to gain a two-thirds majority vote. A motion to return the query was made immediately before the end of the morning business session. Read more »


‘Carry the Light’: A dialogue with Steven Schweitzer about the Conference Bible studies (July 1, 2016)

“It sounds trite, but it’s true,” said Steven Schweitzer at a Jubilee Insight Session this afternoon, “We are to be the light of the world.” Read more »


Today in Greensboro - Friday (July 1, 2016)

Today in Greensboro - Friday Read more »