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EDF grants support international COVID-19 responses and flooding response in the DRC (May 1, 2020)

The staff of Brethren Disaster Ministries have directed several grants from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to COVID-19 responses by sister churches and groups in Haiti, Spain, and Ecuador, as well as to response to flooding in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read more »

Many complex new challenges face our senior living communities  (May 1, 2020)

Operating a senior living community is challenging under normal circumstances. Staffing, regulations, reimbursement, uncompensated care, occupancy, public relations, natural calamities, and more offer an unlimited source of challenges and threats on a regular basis. Now, one can only try to imagine the challenges in this unprecedented time--the constant, ever-changing, seemingly insurmountable challenges involved with battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more »

Church of the Brethren distributes $500,000 to Brethren retirement communities (April 30, 2020)

The Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren has approved a proposal to distribute $500,000 from the Health Education and Research Fund to church-related retirement communities. The proposal was presented by the Discipleship Ministries staff, who have worked with executive leadership of the Fellowship of Brethren Homes to discern the scope of need among the retirement communities and to design the best distribution of the funds. Read more »

Children’s Disaster Services to provide individual Kit of Comfort  (April 29, 2020)

The staff of Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) have been working on a shift to new ways of serving children who are affected by disasters this year. Read more »

Church of the Brethren’s summer workcamps are canceled (April 28, 2020)

It is with a heavy heart that we are writing to announce the decision to cancel all workcamps this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In cancelling workcamps, we are choosing to prioritize health and safety and protect workcamp participants, local communities, and service site partners from unnecessary risk. Please know that this was not an easy decision to make and that we will greatly miss serving alongside the workcamp participants this year. Read more »

Brethren bits for April 25, 2020 (April 25, 2020)

In this issue: Remembrance for Jane Wood, moderator’s Easter greetings, video discusses online offerings, personnel notes, prayer request for flooding in the DRC, worship resources for Older Adult Month in May, Messenger magazine is offering online puzzle pages, and much more. Read more »

Newsline for April 25, 2020 (April 25, 2020)

NEWS 1) EDF grants available to congregations and districts for humanitarian relief in their communities 2) Brethren Disaster Ministries rebuilding sites are suspended for weekly volunteers 3) Unprecedented virtual love feast events get large audience UPCOMING EVENTS 4) National Young Adult Conference to be held virtually in 2020, in-person in 2021 5) Intercultural Ministries offers an online author event with Mungi Ngomane 6) Brethren Academy offers two-part webinar on ‘The Impact of COVID-19 on Pastoral Care’ REFLECTIONS 7) First, don’t forget your faith 8) Brethren bits Read more »

Intercultural Ministries offers an online author event with Mungi Ngomane (April 25, 2020)

“Join us for #ConversationsTogether with Mungi Ngomane,” said an invitation from Church of the Brethren Intercultural Ministries director LaDonna Nkosi. “Share the invitation with your churches, friends, family, and peoples, and plan to join us!” Read more »

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