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National commission focuses on strengthening the country’s ability to go to war (May 19, 2020)

The Commission on Military, National, and Public Service released its final report, with 49 detailed recommendations to Congress, and a companion bill, HR 6415. Unfortunately, the majority of its recommendations are focused on preserving and strengthening the country’s ability to go to war, including upholding the apparatus of the draft (the Selective Service System) and extending the draft to include women. Read more »

EYN is in a state of mourning (May 19, 2020)

President Joel Billi of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has said that “EYN is in a state of mourning.” He made this statement to the EYN congregation at LCC Jigalambu in his address at the funeral services of a key staff of the organization, the director of EYN’s Integrated Community Based Development Programme (ICBDP). The late Marcus Vandi, aged 59, died on May 12 after a brief illness. The president, who also read from the book of Psalms 49:1-10, encouraged the wife of the deceased to look unto God and be strong to take care of their children. Read more »

Church of the Brethren Leadership Team statement in response to On Earth Peace’s decision to join the Supportive Communities Network (May 18, 2020)

The recent announcement from On Earth Peace to become a member of the Supportive Communities Network (SCN) has raised polity questions for the Leadership Team of the denomination, which is responsible for interpreting Annual Conference decisions and denominational polity. Read more »

‘Best Practices for Online Worship’ is topic for upcoming webinar (May 16, 2020)

“Best Practices for Online Worship: Considerations and Strategies” is the topic for a webinar offered by Discipleship Ministries with leadership by Enten Eller. The event is offer twice, on May 27 at 2 p.m. (Eastern time), register in advance at ; and on June 2 at 8 p.m. (Eastern time), register in advance at . The content on May 27 will be repeated on June 2. Each webinar session is limited 100 attendees Read more »

Newsline for May 16, 2020 (May 16, 2020)

NEWS 1) Thirteen graduates earn Bethany degrees PERSONNEL 2) Michigan District announces new district executive team UPCOMING EVENTS 3) ‘Best Practices for Online Worship’ is topic for upcoming webinar 4) Webinar addresses ‘Brethren Distinctives in Church Planting’ 5) Moderator’s Town Hall on ‘Faith, Science, and COVID-19' slated for June 4 6) Plans for a denominational virtual choir are moving forward RESOURCES 7) CDS updates children’s resources for use by congregations 8) Brethren bits Read more »

CDS updates children’s resources for use by congregations (May 16, 2020)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has been actively reviewing and updating the COVID-19 resource page with new resources for families since the beginning of the pandemic. The Church of the Brethren COVID-19 Response Planning Committee requested a small children’s committee to form to assess additional outreach for church congregations at this unique time in our history. Read more »

Webinar addresses ‘Brethren Distinctives in Church Planting’ (May 16, 2020)

A webinar on “Brethren Distinctives in Church Planting” is offered this coming Tuesday, May 19, at 3 p.m. (Eastern time). This one-hour free webinar is offered through the Discipleship Ministries of the Church of the Brethren. Leadership is provided by Ryan Braught, church planter/pastor of the Veritas Community in Lancaster, Pa., and Nate Polzin, pastor of two Michigan congregations, the Church in Drive in Saginaw, and Midland Church of the Brethren. Read more »

Plans for a denominational virtual choir are moving forward (May 16, 2020)

Church of the Brethren Annual Conference moderator Paul Mundey has announced plans for a denominational virtual choir. A webpage will be available shortly, with resources that will allow people from across the church to add their voice to a mass Church of the Brethren choir. Three hymns are projected to be a part of the overall project: “Blessed Assurance,” “I See a New World Coming,” and “Move in Our Midst.” Read more »

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