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Newsline for April 8, 2019 (April 8, 2019)

NEWS 1) Brethren programs begin response to flooding in Midwest and plains states 2) Bridgewater forum looks at ‘demise and momentum’ in church institutions 3) Church of the Brethren offers vacant land for sale in Elgin 4) Brethren Benefit Trust signs Turkmen Cotton Pledge 5) New master's degree highlights Bethany's revised curriculum 6) EYN holds 72nd Majalisa on theme ‘Jesus the Author and Finisher of Our Faith’ PERSONNEL 7) Dan Poole named to faculty position at Bethany Seminary UPCOMING EVENTS 8) Three special concerts to be offered at Annual Conference 9) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren Benefit Trust signs Turkmen Cotton Pledge (April 8, 2019)

Brethren Benefit Trust and its affiliate, Brethren Foundation Funds, on April 4 signed the Turkmen Cotton Pledge to show opposition to unacceptable human rights conditions in Turkmenistan, as the government there has been using forced labor to harvest cotton. Turkmenistan is the 11th-largest exporter of cotton in the world, but produces its commodity by threatening adult citizens with dismissal or salary deductions from their regular jobs if they do not assist with the annual cotton harvest. Read more »


EYN holds 72nd Majalisa on theme ‘Jesus the Author and Finisher of Our Faith’ (April 8, 2019)

At her 72nd Annual General Church Council Conference, or Majalisa, Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) appointed three directors and an advisor and awarded six members. The conference title “Jesus the Author and Finisher of Our Faith” was taken from the book of Hebrews 12:2, and held between April 2-5 at the EYN Headquarters, Kwarhi, Hong LGA, Adamawa State. About 1,700 participants attended the highest decision-making body of the 96-year-old denomination, which has faced the terrible experience of insurgent activities. Read more »


Bridgewater forum looks at ‘demise and momentum’ in church institutions (April 8, 2019)

“The Status of Brethren Organizations: Demise and Momentum 1994-2019" was the topic of the Bridgewater (Va.) College Forum for Brethren Studies on March 15. The day-long forum featured speakers on four institutions in the Church of the Brethren: Bethany Theological Seminary, Annual Conference, Brethren Press, and the Mission and Ministry Board. Read more »


Brethren bits for April 8, 2019 (April 8, 2019)

In this issue: Three rural historic black Baptist churches burn down in St. Landry Parish, La.; remembering Dan McRoberts and Naomi Kulp Keeney; personnel notice; Brethren Disaster Ministries signs letter supporting Legal Services Corporation; groups hold meetings at the General Offices; action alert on “How to Celebrate Earth Day”; new life and growth among Brethren in Spain and Rwanda; and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Brethren programs begin response to flooding in Midwest and plains states (April 5, 2019)

Heavy and widespread mid-March snowstorms led to the beginning of major flooding in the US Midwest. Rivers are still rising and flooding may worsen with the expected heavy rains that may fall in the next several weeks. Flooding along the Mississippi River, James River, and Red River of the North, and many of their tributaries, is causing extensive flooding in Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota, Iowa, and Kansas. Already many homes, businesses, crops, stored grain, roads, and bridges have been destroyed in these communities. Read more »


Church of the Brethren offers vacant land for sale in Elgin (April 5, 2019)

The Church of the Brethren denomination has retained the services of A. Rick Scardino of Lee & Associates for the purpose of selling excess vacant land at its address at 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, Ill. Dundee Avenue is also Illinois State Route 25. Read more »


Newsline for March 22, 2019 (March 22, 2019)

NEWS 1) Housing allowance is upheld by appeals court 2) Faith, civil, and human rights groups join to urge official visit by UN independent expert to investigate racism in the United States 3) Sili buried beside husband at Chibok, among recent losses of EYN members 4) Nigeria Crisis Response work continues amidst the violence PERSONNEL 5) BVS volunteers complete first ‘fast track’ orientation UPCOMING EVENTS 6) Summer workcamps still have openings, registration closes April 1 7) Brethren bits Read more »


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