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EDF grant continues Nigeria Crisis Response funding (March 28, 2020)

The staff at Brethren Disaster Ministries have requested an additional allocation of $300,000 from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to cover remaining program expenses for the Nigeria Crisis Response program for 2020 and to carry the response through March 2021. Read more »

Online book discussion is offered by Intercultural Ministries (March 28, 2020)

“Take a break. Connect in. Join us for a book read and discussion together,” said an invitation from Intercultural Ministries director LaDonna Nkosi to a new online book discussion. The event invites people to read the book “Everyday Ubuntu” by Mungi Ngomane and join in a discussion to take place online. Read more »

Ministry Office collects resources for love feast and Easter virtual worship services (March 27, 2020)

Following two webinars with Church of the Brethren pastors this week, the staff of the Ministry Office are collecting worship resources for use in virtual love feast and Easter services. Read more »

Church World Service closes kit depots, affects Material Resources ministry (March 25, 2020)

A decision by the Church World Service (CWS) leadership team to close all of the kit depots in local congregations through May 31 will affect the Church of the Brethren’s Material Resources ministry based at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. The Material Resources warehouse facility receives, processes, and distributes CWS disaster relief kits. Read more »

BVS continuing to support volunteers through COVID-19 crisis (March 20, 2020)

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) has been working with its project partners and volunteers around the world to encourage caution and safety during this COVID-19 crisis. Its mid-year retreat for domestic volunteers that was scheduled for March 23-27 has been cancelled and, instead, volunteers will gather virtually for a day of retreat activities and reflecting. Read more »

Newsline for March 20,2020 (March 20, 2020)

NEWS 1) Denominational facilities are closed to visitors, most staff to work from home 2) New and Renew conference is canceled for 2020, postponed until 2021 3) Plans continue for Annual Conference 4) Plans continue for 2020 workcamps 5) BVS continuing to support volunteers through COVID-19 crisis 6) BBT makes provisions to ensure business continuity during crisis 7) Bethany Seminary to hold classes online RESOURCES 8) Webinar on Holy Week worship planning is offered by the Office of Ministry 9) Brethren Press makes free, downloadable resources available 10) Children’s Disaster Services shares Covid-19 resources for children INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES 11) Lockdown already ended for church workers in China 12) From PAG: The coronavirus in Honduras FROM MESSENGER ONLINE 13) So you're suddenly working from home 14) Brethren and the influenza of 1918 Read more »

Denominational facilities are closed to visitors, most staff to work from home (March 20, 2020)

The Church of the Brethren denominational staff are working to minimize the number of personnel present at both the General Offices in Elgin, Ill., and the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., in light of health authorities’ advice to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. Read more »

Plans continue for 2020 workcamps  (March 20, 2020)

The workcamp team is continuing to plan workcamps as scheduled and it is our hope that we will be able to gather in service and fellowship this summer! As we get closer to the start of workcamps, we will be assessing recommendations from the CDC and following federal and state guidelines for small and large events. Read more »

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