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NYC 2018 service projects to take place on campus (December 21, 2017)

New to National Youth Conference in 2018: all service projects will take place on the campus of Colorado State University. NYC will be hosted at CSU in Fort Collins, Colo., on July 21-26, 2018. Registration opens online on Jan. 18, 2018, at 6 p.m. (central time) at www.brethren.org/nyc . Read more »


Brethren leaders endorse Christmas letter regarding federal budget (December 21, 2017)

Church of the Brethren general secretary David Steele and Office of Public Witness director Nathan Hosler have given endorsement to a Christmas letter to Vice President Mike Pence “to protect the humanitarian, diplomatic, and peacebuilding budget in the FY19 budget” of the federal government. Read more »


Church of the Brethren Yearbook is published on a USB flash drive card (December 20, 2017)

Brethren Press has released the “Church of the Brethren Yearbook 2017” in a new format. Previously, the Yearbook was published as a searchable pdf file on a CD. The 2017 Yearbook is a searchable pdf on a USB flash drive that looks like and is the size of a credit card. Read more »


Newsline for Dec. 9, 2017 (December 9, 2017)

NEWS 1) Children’s Disaster Services responds to fires in southern California 2) EYN disaster team coordinates housing repairs in remote areas 3) Action alert from Office of Public Witness calls for action on drone warfare 4) National Trust for Historic Preservation offers tour of denominational offices 5) Pacific Southwest District celebrates a weekend of witness and ‘withness’ 6) Atlantic Northeast District delivers 455 clean-up buckets to New Windsor 7) Elizabethtown pastor stands in support of ‘Dreamers’ 8) Unique quilt supports ongoing needs in Nigeria PERSONNEL 9) Mark Hartwig retires as IT director for the Church of the Brethren 10) Patrice Nightingale retires as Brethren Benefit Trust manager of production UPCOMING EVENTS 11) National Youth Conference registration opens in January 12) January Ventures course to focus on ‘Congregation in Mission’ 13) Brethren bits Read more »


Elizabethtown pastor stands in support of ‘Dreamers’ (December 9, 2017)

On Dec. 5 and 6, Greg Davidson Laszakovits, pastor of Elizabethtown (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, and constituent of Senator Pat Toomey, Senator Bob Casey, and Congressman Lloyd Smucker (PA-16), traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with policy staff in each of these offices to push support for a clean Dream Act. The legislation serves as a means to prevent deportation of 800,000 undocumented youth who came to the United States as children. Read more »


Brethren bits for Dec. 9, 2017 (December 9, 2017)

In this issue: personnel announcements, job openings, volunteer opportunities, send Christmas cards to BVSers, Bethany Day at Seminaries that Change the World, the next Clergy Tax Seminar, “Brethren Voices” features Brethren Disaster Ministries, and more news from congregations, districts, colleges, and ecumenical partners. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services responds to fires in southern California (December 8, 2017)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) is responding to the fires in southern California, at the end of a week in which wildfires stoked by strong Santa Ana winds started northwest of Los Angeles and now have begun in the San Diego area as well. CDS will be deploying a team of eight volunteers to serve affected children and families in southern California beginning this weekend. Read more »


Mark Hartwig retires as IT director for the Church of the Brethren (December 8, 2017)

Mark Hartwig is retiring as director of Information Technology for the Church of the Brethren, effective Dec. 22. He has worked at the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill., for more than 12 years. Read more »


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