News Archives August, 2014


Children’s Disaster Services offers training workshops in Hawaii, Indiana, Oregon (August 26, 2014)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS), a Church of the Brethren ministry offering care for children and families following disasters, is holding three volunteer training workshops in September and October. The workshops will be held in Hawaii, Indiana, and Oregon. Cost is $45. Register and find more information at www.brethren.org/cds/training/dates.html . Read more »


Webinar series to address ‘Opportunities and Challenges of Post-Christendom’ (August 26, 2014)

Authors of published or forthcoming books in the popular “After Christendom” series will lead a series of six webinars this year and next, presented by the Church of the Brethren, the Center for Anabaptist Studies at Bristol Baptist College in the UK, the Anabaptist Network, and the Mennonite Trust. Read more »


Grant goes to IMA World Health appeal for Ebola emergency (August 26, 2014)

Brethren Disaster Ministries is directing an allocation of $15,000 from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to an IMA World Health appeal for support of Ebola health workers in Liberia. The grant is funding work carried out through the Christian Health Association of Liberia (CHAL). Read more »


International Day of Prayer for Peace 2014 is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21 (August 26, 2014)

Sunday, Sept. 21 is the International Day of Prayer for Peace, and On Earth Peace invites all in the Church of the Brethren to participate. Facing all the violence in the headlines and in human hearts, what if on Sept. 21 our communities of faith renewed our commitment to challenge violence and build peace? Read more »


Brethren Academy announces upcoming courses in 2014, 2015 (August 26, 2014)

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership has issued an updated list of courses for 2014 and 2015. The Brethren Academy is a partnership of the Church of the Brethren and Bethany Theological Seminary, with offices on the Bethany campus in Richmond, Ind. Read more »


Brethren Academy, Ministry Office, Bethany Seminary create new Sustaining Ministerial Excellence Advanced Seminar (August 26, 2014)

The Brethren Academy, the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry, and Bethany Theological Seminary are developing a new Sustaining Ministerial Excellence Advanced Seminar to succeed the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence (SPE) program that concluded last year. The first seminar experience is scheduled for Jan. 16-19, 2015, designated as a Beginning Retreat for a Bivocational Pastors Cohort. Read more »


Plans progress for Nigeria relief effort in cooperation with EYN, Global Mission and Service, and Brethren Disaster Ministries (August 26, 2014)

Plans are progressing for a relief effort responding to the violence in northeastern Nigeria, in cooperation with Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and the Church of the Brethren’s Global Mission and Service and Brethren Disaster Ministries. Read more »


Brethren bits for Aug. 26, 2014 (August 26, 2014)

In this issue: New assistant workcamp coordinators, relief materials for Kentucky, National Service of Mourning for the dead in Palestine and Israel, 100 years at Geiger Church, Brethren CPTer aids efforts for abducted Yazidi women, among news tidbits from congregations, districts, camps, colleges, ecumenical partners, and more. Read more »


Newsline for Aug. 26, 2014 (August 26, 2014)

1) Plans progress for Nigeria relief effort in cooperation with EYN, Global Mission and Service, and Brethren Disaster Ministries. 2) Grant goes to IMA World Health appeal for Ebola emergency. 3) Bethany Seminary surpasses $5.9 million campaign goal. 4) International Day of Prayer for Peace 2014 is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21. 5) Brethren Academy, Ministry Office, Bethany Seminary create new Sustaining Ministerial Excellence Advanced Seminar. 6) Brethren Academy announces upcoming courses in 2014, 2015. 7) Webinar series to address ‘Opportunities and Challenges of Post-Christendom.’ 8) Children’s Disaster Services offers training workshops in Hawaii, Indiana, Oregon. 9) Brethren bits Read more »


Many Brethren commit to a week of prayer and fasting for Nigeria (August 19, 2014)

Many Church of the Brethren congregations, groups, and individuals are taking part in a week of prayer and fasting for Nigeria, from Sunday, Aug. 17, through Sunday, Aug. 24. The denomination committed to the week of emphasis on Nigeria as part of a resolution adopted by the 2014 Annual Conference. Brethren are called to pray during a time of violence and suffering in Nigeria, in support of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services contracts with new Gulf Coast coordinator (August 19, 2014)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has contracted with Joy Haskin Rowe to work as the CDS Gulf Coast regional coordinator. She lives in North Port, Fla., and also serves part-time in a pastoral ministry position with Central Christian Church in Bradenton, Fla. Read more »


Why sing in worship? A reflection from Nigeria (August 19, 2014)

In the midst of violence and distress in his nation, Zakariya Musa found time to write this reflection on the meaning of singing in church, and how music and praise bring hope. Musa works in communications for Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and is pursuing a degree in communications at the University of Maiduguri: Read more »


Callie Surber resigns from Brethren Volunteer Service staff (August 19, 2014)

Callie Surber has resigned as orientation coordinator for Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS), a position she has held since September 2007. . Read more »


Newsline for Aug. 19, 2014 (August 19, 2014)

1) Disaster ministry directs grant to CWS work with unaccompanied child refugees, Material Resources sends supplies following floods in Detroit.2) Children’s Disaster Services contracts with new Gulf Coast coordinator. 3) Christian Peacemaker Teams issues urgent call to help displaced Yazidi people. 4) Callie Surber resigns from Brethren Volunteer Service staff. 5) BBT announces new communications director and assistant director of financial operations. 6) Bethany Seminary and ESR hire new computing specialist. 7) Many Brethren commit to a week of prayer and fasting for Nigeria. 8) EYN leaders share updates on recent violence in Nigeria, interfaith relief efforts. 9) Why sing in worship? A reflection from Nigeria. 10) Brethren bits Read more »


EYN leaders share updates on recent violence in Nigeria, interfaith relief efforts (August 19, 2014)

Two leading members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) have sent reports detailing recent violence and continuing relief efforts to aid refugees and those fleeing violent attacks by the Boko Haram insurgent group. Reports have been received from Rebecca Dali, who heads up an NGO aiding survivors and who represented EYN at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, and Markus Gamache who serves as EYN staff liaison. Readers are warned that some details about the violence are graphic and may be disturbing: Read more »


BBT announces new communications director and assistant director of financial operations (August 19, 2014)

Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) has hired Alaska Jean Bednar as director of communications, and has hired Julie Kingrey as assistant director of financial operations. Read more »


Brethren bits for Aug. 19, 2014 (August 19, 2014)

In this issue: BVS Coast to Coast reaches Pacific, Youth and Young Adult Office welcomes a BVSer, Shine seeks writers, Annual Conference groups meet, Gaza: Prayers for a Peace that Endureth, Bethany to be in Theological Grad School Virtual Fair, COBYS Bike and Hike aims high, and more news from congregations, districts, colleges, and ecumenical partners. Read more »


Disaster ministry directs grant to CWS work with unaccompanied child refugees, Material Resources sends supplies following floods in Detroit (August 19, 2014)

Brethren Disaster Ministries has directed a grant of $25,000 from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to support the Church World Service response to the surge of unaccompanied child refugees entering the United States. Read more »