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Brethren bits for Feb. 23, 2018 (February 23, 2018)

In this issue: Remembering J. Wayne Judd and Betty Alverta Young, job openings and internships, annual Advocacy Summit of Churches for Middle East Peace, upcoming courses from the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »

Newsline for Feb. 23, 2018 (February 23, 2018)

NEWS 1) Leadership Team moves compelling vision process forward 2) New international partnership welcomes seminary students PERSONNEL 3) Bethany Seminary hires new executive director of finance 4) Brethren bits Read more »

Leadership Team moves compelling vision process forward (February 23, 2018)

Through recent Annual Conference decisions* the delegate body has called the Leadership Team along with the Council of District Executives to develop a process through which the church will engage in conversations that will lead us to a “compelling vision” for our life together. Read more »

A pastoral letter for a time of grief and fear (February 16, 2018)

“A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.” --Matthew 2:18 Read more »

Church of the Brethren and EYN volunteers intermingle in Nigeria church rebuilding (February 8, 2018)

In continued work together to rebuild the devastated church denomination in Nigeria, members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and the Church of the Brethren in the US converged at the tumble-down church building of EYN’s LCC No. 1, Michika congregation in Adamawa State. This is the place where EYN president Joel Billi pastored until Sept. 7, 2014, when the church was attacked, and some members were killed. Assistant pastor Yahaya Ahmadu was shot to death and the entire church structure including the pastorium, offices, schools, library, stores, church building, and property, was set ablaze by the Islamist Jihadists known as Boko Haram. Read more »

Just by our being there: Reflections on a workcamp in Nigeria (February 8, 2018)

One of the older Nigerian workcampers came up to me in our second week in Michika and said, “You are an inspiration. If you can leave your comfortable lives to come here and work with us, then I too can come out of my home to work on my church.” Read more »

Midwestern districts sponsor conference on biblical authority (February 8, 2018)

Six midwestern districts of the Church of the Brethren including Illinois and Wisconsin, Michigan, Northern Indiana, Northern Ohio, South Central Indiana, and Southern Ohio, are sponsoring a conference titled “Conversations about Biblical Authority.” Read more »

Church planting conference has new name, new focus (February 8, 2018)

The Church of the Brethren’s every-other-year conference on new church development has a new name and a new focus: “New and Renew: Revitalize Plant Grow.” Sponsored by Congregational Life Ministries and held at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., the conference is planned for May 16-19. “The Risk and Reward of Embodying Jesus Locally” is the theme. Read more »

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