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Brethren bits for May 30, 2020 (May 30, 2020)

In this issue: Ecumenical statements on the killing of George Floyd and a statement from Central Church of the Brethren in Roanoke, Va.; Annual Conference Moderator’s Town Hall on “Faith, Science, and COVID-19"; first-ever virtual graduation at McPherson College; and more. Read more »


Newsline for May 30, 2020 (May 30, 2020)

NEWS 1) National Day of Mourning and Lament on Monday, June 1, is a joint effort of faith leaders and mayors 2) Workcamp Ministry will offer seven weeks of virtual workcamps 3) Global Food Initiative grants support community gardens, agriculture in Haiti and Ecuador 4) Financial support is encouraged for Outdoor Ministries Association camps 5) Brethren bits: Ecumenical statements on the killing of George Floyd and a statement from Central Church of the Brethren in Roanoke, Va.; Annual Conference Moderator’s Town Hall on “Faith, Science, and COVID-19"; first-ever virtual graduation at McPherson College; and more Read more »


Workcamp Ministry will offer seven weeks of virtual workcamps (May 29, 2020)

The Workcamp office is excited to announce that we will be holding seven weeks of virtual workcamps this summer! Virtual workcamps will be held from 4-5 p.m. (Eastern time) every Monday from June 22 to Aug. 3. Each week will focus on one of the daily themes from our workcamp devotional book. Participants will hear a short reflection from one of our awesome workcamp directors, engage in small and large group discussions, and play some fun games with us! Read more »


Financial support is encouraged for Outdoor Ministries Association camps (May 29, 2020)

In these extraordinary times, camps are faced with significant challenges. Many have already lost months of rental/retreat group income which helps to off-set summer camp and other program costs. More cancellations are anticipated moving forward. Difficult decisions are being made about whether or not to proceed with summer camps as the health and safety of campers and staff/volunteers is weighed. While some have been able to apply for and receive loans or grants through government support programs, the possibility of staff reductions and salary reductions is real for many. Read more »


Global Food Initiative grants support community gardens, agriculture in Haiti and Ecuador (May 28, 2020)

The Global Food Initiative (GFI) of the Church of the Brethren has given several grants in recent weeks, supporting community garden projects, agriculture in Haiti, a consultant for assessment of the programs of Fundacion Brethren y Unida in Ecuador. Read more »


Webinar will offer tips for churches doing social media (May 22, 2020)

“There Is No ‘Should’ in Social Media” is the title of a webinar sponsored by the Discipleship Ministries with leadership from Jan Fischer Bachman, website producer for the Church of the Brethren. The webinar is scheduled twice, on June 11 at 2 p.m. (Eastern time) and on June 16 at 8 p.m. (Eastern time). Read more »


Brethren bits for May 22, 2020 (May 22, 2020)

In this issue: Update on flooding in Michigan, personnel, “The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery,” urgent need for sewing PPE gowns, Pacific Southwest District Conference is going online, “Cooking Up a Healthy Community” webinar, Manchester choir performs “We Shall Overcome,” Principe de Paz senior appears on “Graduate Together,” more. Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries shares updates on rebuilding sites in the Carolinas, Ohio, Puerto Rico (May 22, 2020)

Brethren Disaster Ministries is sharing updates including a schedule change for the Carolinas rebuilding site, news of the opening of a new rebuilding site in Ohio, and an update from Puerto Rico. Read more »


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