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Church World Service kit depots to re-open in mid-August (June 17, 2020)

“CWS is planning to open many of its spring kit depots from Aug. 17-Sept 4!” Brethren Disaster Ministries shared on its Facebook page this week. “Thank you for continuing to care for and send blessings to those affected by disasters. These kits make a real difference!” Read more »

Brethren Faith in Action Fund issues grants (June 16, 2020)

Formed by funds generated from the sale of the upper campus of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., the Brethren Faith in Action Fund provides grants to fund outreach ministry projects that serve their communities, strengthen the congregation, and expand the reign of God. Such ministries will honor and continue the legacy of service that the Brethren Service Center has epitomized while also addressing the dynamics of the present age. Read more »

Fellowship of Brethren Homes member communities share gratitude for grant (June 16, 2020)

Several of the member communities of the Fellowship of Brethren Homes have sent thank you notes expressing gratitude for a large grant of $500,000 given by the Church of the Brethren’s Health Education and Research Fund. The grant was given to defray expenses of the retirement communities related to the pandemic, and several communities shared information about how the money is being used. Read more »

Brethren bits for June 5, 2020 (June 5, 2020)

In this issue: Remembering Mark Ray Keeney, church-related retirement communities suffer COVID-19 cases or outbreaks recently, a reminder to fill out the Annual Conference Refund/Donation Form, Camp Mardela seeks an administrator, staff of Material Resources return to work at the Brethren Service Center, Brethren Disaster Ministries asks for cloth face masks and announces receiving a grant to support a short-term response in Nebraska, ‘Love Your Neighbor’ is the latest devotional video from Children's Disaster Services, and much more. Read more »

Children of all ages are welcome to a denominational children’s worship experience (June 5, 2020)

Children of all ages, welcome to worship! Mark your family calendar for a 25-minute children’s worship experience on Wednesday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern time). You will meet Louise Boid, a colorfully opinionated bird from Brooklyn, N.Y., as she moves to central Pennsylvania to get away from those noisy New York City ducks and pigeons! Louise Boid is brought to us by the Puppet and Story Works founded by Dotti and Steve Seitz of Manheim, Pa. Read more »

Withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty signals pattern in international relations and arms control  (June 5, 2020)

In a 1980 Annual Conference statement titled “The Time Is so Urgent: Threats to Peace,” Brethren recognized a potential nuclear arms race as one of the most pressing political problems for peacebuilders to address. Amazingly, 40 years later we find ourselves on similarly shaky ground where the barrier between stability and hostility appears increasingly thin. By recently committing to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, the current US administration has compromised the systems set in place to avoid an arms race or military engagement--and the church should take notice. Read more »

Newsline for June 5, 2020 (June 5, 2020)

NEWS 1) Giving to denominational ministries falls behind last year’s totals 2) We cannot do the work without you 3) EDF makes first grants to congregations for COVID-19 humanitarian relief in US communities 4) EDF grants go to Ohio tornado response, COVID-19 relief in the US, Rwanda, Mexico 5) Denomination to sell longterm BVS house in Elgin, purchases new house near General Offices 6) Bethany Seminary president makes statement ‘Condemning Racism and Working for Change’ 7) Withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty signals pattern in international relations and arms control UPCOMING EVENTS 8) Denominational Worship Gathering will center on the theme 'New World Coming!' 9) Children of all ages are welcome to a denominational children’s worship experience 10) Denominational Concert is planned for July 2 as an online event 11) Brethren Volunteer Service summer orientation is going virtual 12) Brethren bits Read more »

Denominational Worship Gathering will center on the theme 'New World Coming!' (June 5, 2020)

On July 1, a Denominational Worship Gathering for the Church of the Brethren, planned by the Annual Conference Program and Arrangements Committee, will take place virtually starting at 8 p.m. (Eastern time). It will center around the theme, “New World Coming!” Read more »

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