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Boko Haram attack three villages in Adamawa State, Nigeria (February 8, 2019)

Attackers believed to be Boko Haram insurgents attacked three villages--Shuwari, Kirchinga, and Shuwa--in Madagali Local Government area in Adamawa State, Nigeria, on Feb. 4. The villages are in the northernmost part of the state, north of Mubi. Read more »

Brethren bits for Feb. 9, 2019 (February 8, 2019)

In this issue: Remembering John Heisel, job opening with BBT, “Calling Stories” project, Intercultural Ministries director preaching for Living Stream, call to prayer for Nigeria abductions, Poor People’s Campaign online discussion, Ventures course on “Growing an Inclusive Multicultural Church,” Brethren participation in Martin Luther King Day events, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »

Children’s Disaster Services schedules training workshops for 2019 (February 7, 2019)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has announced its 2019 training workshop calendar for the year. An online map of the locations and dates is available at . Go to for more information and to register for a workshop. Read more »

Emily Tyler begins as director of Brethren Volunteer Service (February 7, 2019)

Emily Tyler started a new position as director of Brethren Volunteer Service on Feb. 4. She continues to work out of the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill., where she has been coordinator for BVS recruitment and the Workcamp Ministry for more than six years, since June 27, 2012. BVS is located within the denomination’s Global Mission and Service program. Read more »

Thriving in Ministry program begins, Dana Cassell hired as manager (January 28, 2019)

The Office of Ministry has begun work on a new Thriving in Ministry program, a grant-funded initiative offering support for multivocational Church of the Brethren pastors. Dana Cassell, pastor of Peace Covenant Church of the Brethren in Durham, N.C., has been hired as manager. She started in this half-time position on Jan. 7 while continuing in her pastoral role. Read more »

National commission considers changes to Selective Service (January 23, 2019)

The Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy attended a press conference of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 23. This commission is tasked with exploring national attitudes toward military and volunteer service, and potentially recommending changes to the Selective Service system. Read more »

Brethren bits for Jan. 18, 2019 (January 18, 2019)

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Spring academy courses cover race and congregation, Bible survey, thinking theologically, church polity (January 18, 2019)

Several courses are offered by the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership in the spring. These are open to students in the Training in Ministry (TRIM) and Education for Shared Ministry (EFSM) programs, ministers seeking continuing education, and others. The fee per course is $295. Read more »

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