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Newsline for Aug. 17 2017 (August 17, 2017)

NEWS 1) Shenandoah District shares prayerful reflection following Charlottesville 2) Many Brethren across the country gather, pray, speak about Charlottesville PERSONNEL 3) Nancy S. Heishman named director of the Office of Ministry UPCOMING EVENTS 4) Support and sponsorship grows for ‘Inspiration 2017' 5) Events at ‘Inspiration 2017' (NOAC) to be live streamed 6) Brethren bits Read more »


And who is my neighbor? The Good Samaritan, or how we justify ourselves (August 14, 2017)

Samuel K. Sarpiya, moderator of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, has shared this reflection in response to the weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Va. This is the first in a series of reflections on the 2018 Conference theme, “Living Parables”: Read more »


Brethren clergywoman shares about Charlottesville experience (August 14, 2017)

“It was extremely grim and sobering to be face-to-face with such hatred and racism--and more so because of what seemed almost an inevitability about the clash between white supremacists and others,” said Kim McDowell, pastor of University Park Brethren and Baptist Church in Hyattsville, Md. She was one of the clergy who provided a presence in Charlottesville, Va., during the white supremacist rally on Saturday. She was not aware of other Church of the Brethren clergy who may have been present. Read more »


Brethren Academy launches EFSM program in Spanish (August 5, 2017)

For over 30 years, the Education for Shared Ministry (EFSM) program has been nurturing and equipping ministers and laity together in small Anglo churches. Now the program is being made available to Spanish-speaking congregations. The unique design of EFSM offers opportunities for ministers in training and lay leaders to discern goals and objectives together and to encourage one another in sharpening their skills while learning about the Christian faith and ministries of the church. The program’s strength is in equipping the entire congregation as they support their set-apart ministers in meeting the educational and theological requirements for credentialing. Read more »


William Wenger to serve as executive minister for Western Pennsylvania District (August 5, 2017)

Western Pennsylvania District has called William Wenger to serve as district executive minister beginning Sept. 1. He has served as interim district executive since January. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services offers volunteer training workshops (August 5, 2017)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) workshops are scheduled for this fall. The website link for registrations is www.brethren.org/cds/training/dates.html . CDS and its trained and certified volunteers provide care for children and families following disasters. Read more »


SVMC offers continuing education on Christology and ministry with older and younger people  (August 5, 2017)

The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center on the campus of Elizabethtown (Pa.) College announces three upcoming continuing education events: “Go and Do Likewise: The Practices of Christology,” “Enriching the Lives of Older Adults,” and “Science, Theology, and the Church Today--Ministry with Youth and Young Adults.” Registration forms are available at www.etown.edu/programs/svmc/continuing-education or by contacting Karen Hodges at 717-361-1450 or svmc@etown.edu . Read more »


Annual Dunker Church Service will be 47th held at Antietam (August 5, 2017)

The 47th Annual Dunker Church Service will be held in the restored Dunker Church at the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Md., on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 3 p.m. This service will take place on the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, and commemorates the peace witness of the Brethren during the Civil War. Read more »


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