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Church of the Brethren offers vacant land for sale in Elgin (April 5, 2019)

The Church of the Brethren denomination has retained the services of A. Rick Scardino of Lee & Associates for the purpose of selling excess vacant land at its address at 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, Ill. Dundee Avenue is also Illinois State Route 25. Read more »


Newsline for March 22, 2019 (March 22, 2019)

NEWS 1) Housing allowance is upheld by appeals court 2) Faith, civil, and human rights groups join to urge official visit by UN independent expert to investigate racism in the United States 3) Sili buried beside husband at Chibok, among recent losses of EYN members 4) Nigeria Crisis Response work continues amidst the violence PERSONNEL 5) BVS volunteers complete first ‘fast track’ orientation UPCOMING EVENTS 6) Summer workcamps still have openings, registration closes April 1 7) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for March 22, 2019 (March 22, 2019)

In this issue: Remembering Charles Lunkley, personnel notes, job openings, Messenger Online offers “So many changes! How the new tax code affects you” by Deb Oskin, Office of Peacebuilding and Policy recommends “Faith Over Fear” training, “Look at Life” conference at Bethany Seminary, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Summer workcamps still have openings, registration closes April 1 (March 21, 2019)

The Workcamp Ministry of the Church of the Brethren reports that several of this summer’s workcamps still have openings, but registration must be received by April 1. That date also is the deadline for full payment by those who already have registered, and for all forms to be received by the Workcamp Office. Read more »


Sili buried beside husband at Chibok, among recent losses of EYN members (March 21, 2019)

Ma Sili Ibrahim, aged 102, was buried beside her late husband Ibrahim Ndiriza in a round heart at her home town of Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria. She was among recent losses of members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). In two releases this week, EYN reported losses among members and an attack on the town of Michika. Read more »


Faith, civil, and human rights groups join to urge official visit by UN independent expert to investigate racism in the United States (March 21, 2019)

Today, March 21, a broad coalition of religious and civil rights leaders will deliver a letter to Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo requesting an official invitation to professor E. Tendayi Achiume, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance, to the United States. The Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy has signed the letter and its staff were at the initial planning meeting, reports director Nathan Hosler. Read more »


BVS volunteers complete first ‘fast track’ orientation (March 21, 2019)

A new venture of Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) is a “fast track” for orienting and placing volunteers. The arrangement allows for quicker filling of openings at projects and earlier placement of volunteers between regularly scheduled orientation units. Of the initial three fast-track volunteers, two filled assignments in Northern Ireland and one in Pennsylvania. Read more »


Housing allowance is upheld by appeals court (March 20, 2019)

The housing allowance provision that provides pastors with a tax benefit for their housing expenses is constitutional. That decision was announced on March 15 by the Seventh Circuit Appeals Court, which is located in Chicago. Read more »


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