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Fellowship of Brethren Homes announces leadership transition (May 25, 2018)

Leadership of the Fellowship of Brethren Homes is in transition following the resignation of executive director Ralph McFadden, who resigned earlier this year. McFadden had been staying on until a successor was found. The fellowship in mid-May announced that Dave Lawrenz, who recently retired from leadership of Timbercrest, a Church of the Brethren retirement community in North Manchester, Ind., has agreed to take the executive director role. Read more »


‘New and Renew’ conference: Reflections from one participant (May 25, 2018)

On May 17-19, with a pre-conference worship service on May 16, people from across the country met at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., to worship and renew. The event was “New and Renew: Revitalize, Plant, Grow,” the Church of the Brethren’s church planting and church development conference for 2018. The event was sponsored and organized by the Discipleship Ministries (formerly Congregational Life Ministries) of the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Living parables: A preview of Annual Conference 2018 (May 25, 2018)

Annual Conference 2018 takes place at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 4-8. The theme is “Living Parables” (Matthew 9:35-38). Online registration is open through June 11 at www.brethren.org/ac . After that date, registration will take place onsite in Cincinnati, at an increased cost. Read more »


Brethren attend ‘Reclaiming Jesus’ event in nation’s capital (May 25, 2018)

More than half a dozen Brethren attended the major “Reclaiming Jesus” witness event held at National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C., on May 24. The event, organized by a variety of progressive-leaning Christian leaders, was centered around a series of declarations against lying, misogyny, authoritarianism, xenophobia, and other issues that recently have dominated cultural discourse. Read more »


Sixth Brethren World Assembly set for August in Indiana (May 25, 2018)

Registrations are now being received for the Sixth Brethren World Assembly, to be held Aug. 9-12 in Winona Lake, Ind. This gathering happens every five years for Brethren groups descended from Alexander Mack in 1708 and it is sponsored by the Brethren Encyclopedia, Inc. Read more »


Meeting promotes conversation about biblical inspiration and authority (May 4, 2018)

“What kind of authority does the Bible have for us?” asked Karoline Lewis, one of the keynote presenters at the “Biblical Authority Conversations” on April 23-25. The Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, she joined with Jason Barnhart, director of Brethren Research and Resourcing for the Brethren Church’s denominational office, in leading a group of about 100 Church of the Brethren ministers and lay people at a meeting called by the midwestern districts. Read more »


Newsline for May 4, 2018 (May 4, 2018)

NEWS 1) Annual Conference 2019 forced to change locations 2) Process team lays out road map for development of ‘compelling vision’ 3) Meeting promotes conversation about biblical inspiration and authority 4) Gathering prays for future direction of the Church of the Brethren UPCOMING EVENTS 5) NYC speech contest winners are announced 6) Young Adult Conference to meet at Brethren Woods RESOURCES 7) Brethren Press publishes book of poetry by Ken Gibble, among new resources 8) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren Press publishes book of poetry by Ken Gibble, among new resources (May 4, 2018)

Brethren Press has published a book of poetry by Ken Gibble, titled “A Poetry of the Soul,” among new resources from the Church of the Brethren denominational publishing house. The summer quarter of the Shine curriculum, jointly produced by Brethren Press and MennoMedia, is now available to order on the theme “God’s Creation.” A new children’s Advent devotional by Christy Waltersdorff and Mitch Miller is anticipated in June. Read more »


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