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Brethren Volunteer Service summer orientation is going virtual (June 5, 2020)

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) staff have made the decision to transition the summer orientation unit 325 from an in-person to a virtual event. Amid COVID-19 restrictions, BVS is committed to the health of incoming volunteers and leadership while still providing much-needed volunteer support to BVS project sites. Read more »


Withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty signals pattern in international relations and arms control  (June 5, 2020)

In a 1980 Annual Conference statement titled “The Time Is so Urgent: Threats to Peace,” Brethren recognized a potential nuclear arms race as one of the most pressing political problems for peacebuilders to address. Amazingly, 40 years later we find ourselves on similarly shaky ground where the barrier between stability and hostility appears increasingly thin. By recently committing to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, the current US administration has compromised the systems set in place to avoid an arms race or military engagement--and the church should take notice. Read more »


BVS to sell longterm volunteer house in Elgin, purchases new house near General Offices (June 5, 2020)

Since 1948, the Victorian-style house at 923 West Highland Ave. in Elgin, Ill. has been called home by countless Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) workers and Church of the Brethren staff. It originally was purchased by the denomination to supply emergency rental quarters for staff, on a temporary basis, and then over the decades became the residence of BVS volunteers and interns who were serving at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin. Read more »


Children of all ages are welcome to a denominational children’s worship experience (June 5, 2020)

Children of all ages, welcome to worship! Mark your family calendar for a 25-minute children’s worship experience on Wednesday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern time). You will meet Louise Boid, a colorfully opinionated bird from Brooklyn, N.Y., as she moves to central Pennsylvania to get away from those noisy New York City ducks and pigeons! Louise Boid is brought to us by the Puppet and Story Works founded by Dotti and Steve Seitz of Manheim, Pa. Read more »


Denominational Worship Gathering will center on the theme 'New World Coming!' (June 5, 2020)

On July 1, a Denominational Worship Gathering for the Church of the Brethren, planned by the Annual Conference Program and Arrangements Committee, will take place virtually starting at 8 p.m. (Eastern time). It will center around the theme, “New World Coming!” Read more »


Brethren bits for June 5, 2020 (June 5, 2020)

In this issue: Remembering Mark Ray Keeney, church-related retirement communities suffer COVID-19 cases or outbreaks recently, a reminder to fill out the Annual Conference Refund/Donation Form, Camp Mardela seeks an administrator, staff of Material Resources return to work at the Brethren Service Center, Brethren Disaster Ministries asks for cloth face masks and announces receiving a grant to support a short-term response in Nebraska, ‘Love Your Neighbor’ is the latest devotional video from Children's Disaster Services, and much more. Read more »


Brethren active in health care (June 5, 2020)

This listing is provided by the Church of the Brethren Newsline in order to help us recognize, thank, and pray for Church of the Brethren members who are caring for people’s health right now. Read more »


Newsline for June 5, 2020 (June 5, 2020)

NEWS 1) Giving to denominational ministries falls behind last year’s totals 2) We cannot do the work without you 3) EDF makes first grants to congregations for COVID-19 humanitarian relief in US communities 4) EDF grants go to Ohio tornado response, COVID-19 relief in the US, Rwanda, Mexico 5) BVS to sell longterm volunteer house in Elgin, purchases new house near General Offices 6) Bethany Seminary president makes statement ‘Condemning Racism and Working for Change’ 7) Withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty signals pattern in international relations and arms control UPCOMING EVENTS 8) Denominational Worship Gathering will center on the theme 'New World Coming!' 9) Children of all ages are welcome to a denominational children’s worship experience 10) Denominational Concert is planned for July 2 as an online event 11) Brethren Volunteer Service summer orientation is going virtual 12) Brethren bits Read more »


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