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Brethren bits for March 13, 2018 (March 13, 2018)

In this issue: Personnel, job opening, Mission Alive webcasts, action alert on Yemen, Lifetime Achievement Award for BHLA archivist, the latest Dunker Punk Podcast, Nobel Peace Prize winner to speak at Bridgewater College, NOAC planning committee meets, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »

‘Lukewarm No More’ calls for repentance and action on gun violence (March 13, 2018)

The Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren adopted a statement on gun violence at its spring meetings held at the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill., on March 9-12. The statement was initiated by staff of Global Mission and Service, and quotes from the Bible and previous Annual Conference statements in its call to the wider church. Read more »

Discipleship Ministries represents new name, new vision for former Congregational Life Ministries (March 13, 2018)

At the spring meeting of the Mission and Ministry Board, Congregational Life Ministries staff announced a new team name and strategy. Now titled Discipleship Ministries, the team envisions a “people of God, new and renewed, that embodies and articulates their faith.” Along with a new name, staff of Discipleship Ministries also outlined new strategic emphases and a staffing plan to carry out the work. Read more »

Comité directivo de ocho mujeres en el ministerio (March 13, 2018)

Un comité directivo de ocho mujeres en el ministerio ha sido llamado por la Oficina del Ministerio para facilitar la programación, los proyectos y las iniciativas diseñadas para apoyar y alentar a las clérigas Hermanas. Read more »

Brethren Disaster Ministries closes out site in Missouri, continues work in Carolinas (March 12, 2018)

Brethren Disaster Ministries is completing a rebuilding project site in Eureka, Mo., by the end of March. A rebuilding project site in Marion County, S.C., continues as the program seeks to extend its work into additional communities in North Carolina. Read more »

Diana Butler Bass headlines Ministers’ Association continuing education event (March 12, 2018)

Theologian and author Diana Butler Bass is the featured speaker for the Church of the Brethren Ministers’ Association annual continuing education event this year, held just prior to Annual Conference. “Gratitude: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks” is the theme for the gathering on July 3-4 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Read more »

Boko Haram attacks, abductions affect Nigerian Brethren (March 9, 2018)

A thanksgiving service to celebrate the release of 10 women--including two members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria)--who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram in June 2017 is planned this Sunday in Maiduguri, Nigeria. The service is planned by the EYN Maiduguri congregation and the Mdurvwa family. Read more »

Brethren Disaster Ministries, Puerto Rico District plan for long-term hurricane recovery (March 9, 2018)

Brethren Disaster Ministries is working with Puerto Rico District to plan its response following last year’s hurricanes. An allocation of $200,000 from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) has been approved by the denomination’s Mission and Ministry Board to provide funding for the effort. Read more »

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