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Shannon McNeil to be on team of advocates for Mission Advancement (February 8, 2019)

Shannon McNeil has been hired by the Church of the Brethren as a fulltime Mission Advancement advocate, working out of the General Offices in Elgin, Ill. She and Nancy Timbrook McCrickard will serve as a team of advocates working at relationship-building with donors. Read more »

Brethren bits for Feb. 9, 2019 (February 8, 2019)

In this issue: Remembering John Heisel, job opening with BBT, “Calling Stories” project, Intercultural Ministries director preaching for Living Stream, call to prayer for Nigeria abductions, Poor People’s Campaign online discussion, Ventures course on “Growing an Inclusive Multicultural Church,” Brethren participation in Martin Luther King Day events, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »

Brethren are invited to spiritual preparation for visioning at Annual Conference (February 8, 2019)

The Compelling Vision Process Team is inviting all Brethren to connect with a Facebook page dedicated to spiritual preparation for the visioning conversations that will happen during the 2019 Annual Conference in Greensboro, N.C. The page is titled, “COB Compelling Vision Spiritual Connection Page” and may be found at . Read more »

Haiti mission education trip is announced (February 8, 2019)

The Church of the Brethren is offering a mission education trip to Haiti for persons interested in exploring and supporting the church’s Haiti development initiatives in partnership with Eglise des Freres d’Haiti (the Church of the Brethren in Haiti). The trip from July 19-23 can accommodate up to 45 participants who will join 5 members of the Haitian staff for the experience. It will be based in two small hotels about 50 miles north of Port au Prince. Read more »

Boko Haram attack three villages in Adamawa State, Nigeria (February 8, 2019)

Attackers believed to be Boko Haram insurgents attacked three villages--Shuwari, Kirchinga, and Shuwa--in Madagali Local Government area in Adamawa State, Nigeria, on Feb. 4. The villages are in the northernmost part of the state, north of Mubi. Read more »

Joe A. Detrick and David Sollenberger top Annual Conference ballot for 2019 (February 8, 2019)

The ballot to be presented to the 2019 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren has been released. Topping the ballot are two nominees for moderator-elect: Joe A. Detrick and David Sollenberger. Other offices to be filled by election are positions on the Program and Arrangements Committee, the Mission and Ministry Board, and the boards of Bethany Seminary, Brethren Benefit Trust, and On Earth Peace. Elections will be held during the Conference on July 3-7 in Greensboro, N.C. Read more »

Children’s Disaster Services schedules training workshops for 2019 (February 7, 2019)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has announced its 2019 training workshop calendar for the year. An online map of the locations and dates is available at . Go to for more information and to register for a workshop. Read more »

Emily Tyler begins as director of Brethren Volunteer Service (February 7, 2019)

Emily Tyler started a new position as director of Brethren Volunteer Service on Feb. 4. She continues to work out of the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill., where she has been coordinator for BVS recruitment and the Workcamp Ministry for more than six years, since June 27, 2012. BVS is located within the denomination’s Global Mission and Service program. Read more »

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