News Archives September, 2012


On Earth Peace board of directors holds fall meeting (September 26, 2012)

At its fall meeting, the On Earth Peace board of directors discussed plans for an upcoming elimination of racism training and audit--the next step of a commitment by the board and staff to address issues of racism both within and outside of the organization. Read more »


Brethren Village announces John N. Snader as president and CEO (September 26, 2012)

he Board of Directors of Brethren Village retirement community in Lancaster, Pa., announce the appointment of John N. Snader as the community's new president, effective Nov. 19. He succeeds Gary N. Clouser, who is retiring after having served as president since 1977. In another appointment, David Rayha, NHA, will join Brethren Village on Oct. 17 as vice president of Health Services. Read more »


Newsline Special: Request for prayer for college communities (September 25, 2012)

The Church of the Brethren requests prayer for college communities in Kansas and Virginia following three separate and unrelated tragedies: McPherson (Kan.) College and Bridgewater (Va.) College, both Church of the Brethren-related schools, and Tabor College in central Kansas, which is related to the Mennonite Brethren denomination. “Hold our colleges in prayer as they deal with the loss of life and tragedy,” requested Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger. Read more »


James Skelly named interim director of Baker Institute at Juniata College (September 25, 2012)

James Skelly, a longtime senior fellow at Juniata College’s Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, has been named interim director of the institute for a two-year period, effective immediately. Juniata College is a Church of the Brethren-related school in Huntingdon, Pa. Read more »


Brethren bits for Sept. 20, 2012 (September 20, 2012)

Today’s Brethren bits offers a hymn correction, remembers Brethren historian Bill Willoughby and Camp Pine Lake leader Kirby Leland, shares personnel news, invites nominations for offices to be filled by election at the 2013 Annual Conference, announces a “One People…One King” special worship emphasis being planned for Sunday, Nov. 25, and notes a number of anniversaries, alongside much more news from across the denomination. Read more »


Outdoor Ministries Association holds annual retreat (September 20, 2012)

The Outdoor Ministries Association (OMA) holds its annual retreat Nov. 11-15 at Camp Harmony in Hooversville, Pa. The theme is “Move in Our Midst.” Read more »


Program, presenters announced for next older adult conference (September 20, 2012)

Major presenters for the 2013 National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) have been confirmed. The conference theme, “Healing Springs Forth” (Isaiah 58), will be explored throughout the week by keynote presenters, preachers, and the Bible study leader. NOAC is the Church of the Brethren conference for adults age 50 and older, to be held at Lake Junaluska (N.C.) Conference and Retreat Center on Sept. 2-6, 2013. Read more »


Workcamp dates and locations are announced for 2013 (September 20, 2012)

The denomination’s Workcamp Ministry has announced dates and locations for next summer’s workcamps. Week-long workcamps are offered for junior and senior high youth, young adults, an intergenerational group, and youth and young adults living with disabilities and their adult assistants. This year workcamps are held at locations across the United States and Puerto Rico. Read more »


Newsline for Sept. 20, 2012 (September 20, 2012)

Stories in today's Newsline include 1) Brethren Press, MennoMedia to develop Gather ’Round successor. 2) Gather ’Round receives support from a variety of Christians. 3) BVS-BRF orientation unit completes training. 4) Haiti Medical Project reports growth of its endowment fund. 5) Sixth Annual Family Peace Camp is held in Florida. 6) Outdoor Ministries Association holds annual retreat. 7) Unique deacon training to be offered at the Village at Morrisons Cove. 8) Program, presenters announced for next older adult conference. 9) Workcamp dates and locations are announced for 2013. 10) Brethren bits. Read more »


Gather ’Round receives support from a variety of Christians (September 19, 2012)

Now in its seventh year, the Gather ’Round curriculum for children and youth jointly published by Brethren Press and MennoMedia continues to attract attention from a variety of Christians beyond Brethren and Mennonites. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church has just signed on as an endorsing partner, and Gather ’Round recently received a strong endorsement from popular Christian author Brian McLaren. Read more »


Sixth Annual Family Peace Camp is held in Florida (September 19, 2012)

About 35 campers came together on Labor Day weekend at Camp Ithiel in Gotha, Fla. Quakers, Catholics, and Brethren from six congregations met with Donald E. Miller of Richmond, Ind., to hear stories from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, where Christians face violent threats to human life. Read more »


BVS-BRF orientation unit completes training (September 19, 2012)

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) unit 298, a unit held jointly with the Brethren Revival Fellowship (BRF), completed orientation on Aug. 19-28 at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. Read more »


Brethren Press, MennoMedia to develop Gather ’Round successor (September 17, 2012)

Brethren Press and MennoMedia are beginning work on a successor to the Gather ’Round Sunday school curriculum. The two publishing houses, working on behalf of the Church of the Brethren and the Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, plan to continue their decades-long cooperative work to produce joint Christian education curriculum. Read more »


Unique deacon training to be offered at the Village at Morrisons Cove (September 17, 2012)

Worship, workshops, and fellowship are standard components of deacon training, but when staff from Middle Pennsylvania District asked about hosting a day of training at the Village at Morrisons Cove, they requested that the focus be on ministry specific to older adults. Read more »


Haiti Medical Project reports growth of its endowment fund (September 17, 2012)

The Haiti Medical Project has issued an update on efforts to raise an endowment fund to support Church of the Brethren medical clinics in Haiti, as the project approaches the one-year mark. Read more »


Newsline for Sept. 6, 2012 (September 6, 2012)

Stories include 1) Children’s Disaster Services aids families displaced by Isaac. 2) Workcamp coordinators wrap up their service, review the summer. 3) Reorganized BBT Board focuses on committee work and investments. 4) Bethany Seminary hosts annual Exploring Your Call event. 5) Brethren couple go to Israel and Palestine as accompaniers. 6) Beach retires from leadership of Atlantic Southeast District. 7) Hipps to begin as denomination’s director of Donor Relations. 8) Communities around the globe invited to ‘Pray for Ceasefire’ Sept. 21. 9) Dunker Church Service at Antietam National Battlefield set for Sept. 16. 10) Workcamp ministry announces theme for 2013, new coordinators. 11) Top 10 favorite hymns from 'Hymnal: A Worship Book.' 12) Brethren bits. Read more »


Brethren bits for Sept. 6, 2012 (September 6, 2012)

This issue of Brethren reviews recent Annual Conference-related meetings, the new resources for the Global Mission Offering in October, upcoming events at various congregations, districts, camps, and colleges, more. Read more »


Hipps to begin as denomination’s director of Donor Relations (September 5, 2012)

John R. Hipps begins Sept. 24 as director of Donor Relations for the Church of the Brethren. He is a member of Bridgewater (Va.) Church of the Brethren and brings a broad range of knowledge and expertise in fundraising to the position, having helped carry out a $40 million fundraising campaign at Bridgewater College. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services aids families displaced by Isaac (September 5, 2012)

Children's Disaster Services (CDS) is aiding children in Louisiana who have been displaced by Hurricane Isaac. Fifteen CDS volunteers were deployed to this heavily impacted area on Sept. 3. R. Jan Thompson is serving as project manager for the response. Read more »


Brethren couple go to Israel and Palestine as accompaniers (September 5, 2012)

Church of the Brethren members Joyce and John Cassel of Oak Park, Ill., have begun work in Palestine and Israel with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program of the World Council of Churches (WCC). They departed Sept. 1 for a three month tour of duty, from September through November this year. Read more »


Beach retires from leadership of Atlantic Southeast District (September 5, 2012)

Martha R. Beach has announced her plans to retire as executive minister of Atlantic Southeast District, effective Jan. 1, 2013. She began her ministry as district executive on March 20, 2000. Read more »


Dunker Church Service at Antietam National Battlefield set for Sept. 16 (September 5, 2012)

The 42nd Annual Dunker Church Service at Antietam National Battlefield Park is planned for Sept. 16. The worship service will begin at 3 p.m. at the historic Civil War site in Sharpsburg, Md., sponsored by Church of the Brethren congregations in Maryland and West Virginia. Read more »


Top 10 favorite hymns from 'Hymnal: A Worship Book.' (September 5, 2012)

At Annual Conference in July, Brethren Press sponsored a hymn sing celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Hymnal: A Worship Book.” Nancy Faus-Mullen, who chaired the committee that put together the hymnal on behalf of Brethren Press and the Mennonite publishing house, led the event. In preparation, she and a team that included Haley Goodwin and Douglas Archer surveyed a number of Brethren to find out what hymns from the 1992 hymnal are most loved by those who sing from it in worship. Read more »


Workcamp ministry announces theme for 2013, new coordinators (September 5, 2012)

The Workcamp Ministry has announced a theme and released a logo for the 2013 workcamps to be held next summer. For 2013, the ministry has announced the theme “Deeply Rooted.” Read more »


Workcamp coordinators wrap up their service, review the summer (September 5, 2012)

The Church of the Brethren’s Workcamp Office is simultaneously wrapping up the summer and gearing up for next summer’s events. There were 23 workcamps held this summer: 7 for junior high youth, 13 for senior highs, 1 for young adults, and 2 for intergenerational groups. Attending those camps were approximately 500 people--over 100 advisors and adult participants as well as over 350 youth and young adult participants. At each camp there were also two leaders provided by the Workcamp Office. Out of those leaders, about 33 were volunteers. Read more »


Communities around the globe invited to ‘Pray for Ceasefire’ Sept. 21 (September 5, 2012)

Sept. 21 is the International Day of Prayer for Peace--and it’s not too late to participate! On Earth Peace is inviting all churches and community groups to use this day to lift up a message of peace and ceasefire in whatever ways make sense in your community, including shortly before or after the 21st itself. Register at http://prayingforceasefire.tumblr.com/signup . Read more »