News Archives July, 2019


Global Food Initiative makes grants for community gardens, pig raising, more (July 29, 2019)

The Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Initiative (GFI) has announced several grants for community gardens related to church congregations in various US states. Also listed among recent grant recipients are a pig raising project in Rwanda and a refrigeration project for Navajo families. Read more »


Newsline for July 29, 2019 (July 29, 2019)

NEWS 1) Church of the Brethren reaffirms its historic commitment to opposing the death penalty 2) Global Food Initiative makes grants for community gardens, pig raising, more 3) ESPANA 2025: Congregations in Spain work on a new strategy plan PERSONNEL 4) Kendra Harbeck resigns as manager of Global Mission and Service office 5) Hannah Schultz to begin as coordinator of short-term service UPCOMING EVENTS 6) Children’s Disaster Services announces fall trainings 7) Brethren bits Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services announces fall trainings (July 29, 2019)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has announced its fall training workshop line-up. The training workshops are for those interested in volunteering with CDS, and for returning volunteers to re-certify. Go to www.brethren.org/cds for more information and to register. Read more »


Church of the Brethren reaffirms its historic commitment to opposing the death penalty (July 29, 2019)

On July 25, 2019, Attorney General William Barr announced that the federal government would resume the use of the death penalty, after a 16-year halt, and directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBP) to schedule the executions of five inmates currently on death row. Read more »


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

In this issue: Corrections, job openings, continuing updates from Annual Conference, letter on the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, seminary open house, Nigeria news, SVMC seminar on preaching, Voices of Conscience display, webinar on “A Religious Perspective on Carbon Pricing,” news from districts and congregations, and more. Read more »


Kendra Harbeck resigns as manager of Global Mission and Service office (July 29, 2019)

Kendra Harbeck has resigned as manager of the office of Global Mission and Service for the Church of the Brethren, effective Aug. 31. She has worked in the position for six years, since Sept. 1, 2013. Read more »


Hannah Shultz to begin as coordinator of short-term service (July 29, 2019)

Hannah Shultz has been hired by the Church of the Brethren as coordinator of short-term service, working as staff of Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS). She will begin her new position at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill., on Aug. 5. Read more »


ESPANA 2025: Congregations in Spain work on a new strategy plan (July 29, 2019)

Close to 65 people gathered for 2 full days to brainstorm about the future of the church of the Brethren in Spain under the theme “Un Lider Para las Naciones” (a leader for the nations) The idea of this gathering was in the making since the last Mission Alive conference where leaders from Spain first heard about becoming a global Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Conference sets aside regular business for compelling vision conversation, celebrates love feast (July 13, 2019)

Compelling vision conversations were the highlight of the 2019 Annual Conference held July 3-7 in Greensboro, N.C. Other business was set aside--except necessary items such as elections and reports--to make time for the process intended to help the Church of the Brethren discern a compelling vision to guide the denomination into the future. Read more »


The 2019 Annual Conference...by the numbers (July 13, 2019)

A review of some of the numbers and statistics that describe the 2019 annual meeting of the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Newsline for July 13, 2019 (July 13, 2019)

ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2019 - JULY 3-7 - GREENSBORO, N.C. 1) Conference sets aside regular business for compelling vision conversation, celebrates love feast 2) Compelling vision conversations: ‘We have put our hearts on the table’ 3) ‘We love each other despite our differences’: The story of ND9 4) David Sollenberger to serve as moderator-elect, among other election results 5) Conference affirms additional leadership appointments 6) Standing Committee approves revision of appeal process, among other business 7) The 2019 Annual Conference...by the numbers 8) Annual Conference bits and pieces 9) Mission and Ministry Board approves budget parameter for 2020, large grant for Nigeria Crisis Response PERSONNEL 10) Brian Bultman resigns as CFO of the Church of the Brethren 11) Brethren bits Read more »


‘We love each other despite our differences’: The story of ND9 (July 13, 2019)

“We shared what was on our hearts, the words that were needed,” said Bob Johnson, one of those seated at Nondelegate Table Number Nine--known in the common parlance of the 2019 Annual Conference as “ND9.” Read more »


Annual Conference bits and pieces (July 13, 2019)

Snippets of information and news from the 2019 Annual Conference. Read more »


Brethren bits for July 13, 2019 (July 13, 2019)

In this issue: Register for NOAC before July 15, personnel, Brethren Disaster Ministries new project site, addressing statelessness, opposing war with Iran, news from congregations, 4th annual “Sing Me High” festival, #SacredResistance campaign, NCC statement on threatened deportation raids, recognitions for Harold Martin and Stephen L. Longenecker, more. Read more »


Brian Bultman resigns as CFO of the Church of the Brethren (July 12, 2019)

Brian Bultman has resigned as chief financial officer and executive director of organizational resources for the Church of the Brethren to pursue an opportunity as vice president of finance and CFO at Central Credit Union of Illinois in Bellwood. Over the course of his career he has held leading management positions at several credit unions in Illinois and Maryland. Read more »


Today in Greensboro - Sunday, July 7 (July 7, 2019)

A review of the closing day of the 2019 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren. Today in Greensboro - Sunday, July 7 Read more »


Big dreams are in order: Compelling vision conversations conclude...for now (July 6, 2019)

It was good that we came to the table refreshed after a night’s sleep, because our first task in the compelling vision process today was to dream big. Big dreams are in order as we realize that Jesus has been calling and equipping us to serve the hurting world. Read more »


Annual Conference celebrates love feast (July 6, 2019)

The two-hour service was the closing event of business and a worshipful conclusion to the compelling vision conversations. It included the four elements of self-examination, feetwashing, a simple meal, and a service of communion. Read more »


Today in Greensboro - Saturday, July 6 (July 6, 2019)

A brief overview of the penultimate day of Annual Conference in Greensboro, N.C. Today in Greensboro - Saturday, July 6 Read more »


Conference affirms additional leadership appointments (July 6, 2019)

In addition to elections the Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren affirms board-elected and constituency-elected appointments and also receives reports of appointments. The delegate body made the following affirmations: Read more »


Today in Greensboro - Friday, July 5 (July 5, 2019)

Today in Greensboro - Friday, July 5. The day's events at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in Greensboro, N.C., in brief. Read more »


We have put our hearts on the table: Compelling vision conversation deepens (July 5, 2019)

We have put our hearts on the table: Compelling vision conversation deepens. A “view from the table” by Frances Townsend Read more »


Mission and Ministry Board approves budget parameter for 2020, large grant for Nigeria Crisis Response (July 5, 2019)

A budget parameter for core ministries of the Church of the Brethren in 2020 and a large grant to continue the Nigeria Crisis Response program into next year were on the agenda of the Mission and Ministry Board in pre-Conference meetings. Read more »


David Sollenberger to serve as moderator-elect, among other election results (July 5, 2019)

In election results, the Annual Conference chose David Sollenberger as moderator-elect after nominations from the floor forced a run-off election for moderator-elect and Mission and Ministry Board Area 4. Read more »


Today in Greensboro - Thursday, July 4 (July 4, 2019)

A review of the 2nd day of the 2019 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren. Today in Greensboro - Thursday, July 4 Read more »


The Holy Spirit is loose in the room: Compelling vision conversations begin (July 4, 2019)

The Holy Spirit is loose in the room: Compelling vision conversations begin - a “view from the table” by Frances Townsend Read more »


Today in Greensboro - Wednesday, July 3 (July 3, 2019)

Today the 2019 Annual Conference officially began with evening worship led by moderator Donita Keister. Find a review of the day on this page. Read more »


Standing Committee approves revision of appeal process, among other business (July 3, 2019)

Standing Committee has approved a revision of the appeal process during its pre-Annual Conference meetings in Greensboro, N.C. The group of delegates from the 24 Church of the Brethren districts met June 30-July 3, presided over by Conference moderator Donita J. Keister, moderator-elect Paul Mundey, and secretary James M. Beckwith. Read more »


Today in Greensboro - Tuesday, July 2 (July 2, 2019)

Brethren are gathering in Greensboro for the Annual Conference to begin tomorrow, but lots has already gone on this week! Read more »


Newsline for July 1, 2019 (July 1, 2019)

NEWS 1) Bethany Theological Seminary celebrates commencement 2) Junior high conference inspires youth to be strong and courageous 3) Office of Peacebuilding and Policy signs letter for World Refugee Day 4) Remembering cost of following Jesus at May 15 service for WWI conscientious objectors UPCOMING EVENTS 5) Annual Conference 2019: Bits and pieces 6) Peace Day 2019: Making the case for peace 7) Upcoming Brethren Academy courses are announced REMEMBRANCE 8) Bethany remembers president Warren Groff 9) Brethren bits Read more »