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Mission and Ministry Board adopts vision for a global Church of the Brethren (October 25, 2017)

The Mission and Ministry Board adopted a “Vision for a Global Church of the Brethren,” and recommended this new mission philosophy to Annual Conference, at its meeting on Oct. 20-23 at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. The board also adopted a budget for 2018, approved two large allocations from the Emergency Disaster Fund, and acted on Review and Evaluation Committee recommendations that were directed to the board by Annual Conference, among other business. Read more »

Renacer Hispanic Ministry announces new strategy plan (October 20, 2017)

The board of Renacer Hispanic Ministry has developed and adapted a new strategy plan to widely reach the denomination. The new strategy plans has three foundational components: Read more »

Being the church after a catastrophe: Response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico (October 20, 2017)

After the devastating damage of hurricanes like Maria, civil society often breaks down. Desperate or opportunistic people start looting or stealing and stresses keep increasing. Another part of society pulls together and helps each other, bringing out the very best in human nature...and our faith often brings out the very best of being the church. The Puerto Rican churches are an inspiring example of being the church in a crisis. While burdened with many hardships, the Puerto Rican Brethren are coming together supporting each other and reaching out to their communities. Read more »

Workcamp Ministry sets 2018 schedule of events (October 20, 2017)

The Church of the Brethren Workcamp Ministry has released the 2018 workcamp dates and locations. This programming for next summer will offer 10 locations for service, focusing on junior high opportunities because it will be a National Youth Conference year. Read more »

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a call to peacemaking (October 20, 2017)

At last month’s National Older Adult Conference (NOAC), Jim Wallis, president and founder of Sojourners, spoke to us of faithfulness and of living our Christian witness. This month, Sojourners reminds us that this is a call to peacemaking in the context of our daily lives. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time for us to consider that while “one in three women experience intimate partner violence in their lives...95 percent of church-going women report they have never heard a sermon on abuse preached from the pulpit of their church.” Read more »

Openings are available for continuing education opportunity in urban ministry (October 20, 2017)

There is still time to register for a special continuing education travel course: “A Place of Refuge: Ministry in an Urban Context” on Jan. 2-12, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga. An immersive urban experience with a focus on the ministries of care, this travel seminar is an educational partnership between Bethany Theological Seminary, the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, Congregational Life Ministries of the Church of the Brethren, and City of Refuge ministries in Atlanta. Read more »

Grant to EYN supports church rebuilding effort in Nigeria (October 20, 2017)

The Church of the Brethren has provided a second large grant to Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) to support the church rebuilding efforts of EYN members. Out of this grant of $109,000, 20 EYN churches will receive grants of $5,000 each. Read more »

Brethren bits for Oct. 20, 2017 (October 20, 2017)

In this issue: Remembering Wally Landes, Ella Mae Weaver, and Merle Brown, plus how to join the moderator’s second online “town hall,” invitation to Brethren Disaster Ministries’ first repair/rebuilding project after Hurricane Harvey, districts receive offerings for hurricane relief, Mission Alive 2018 registration, prayer services for food justice, along with lots of news from congregations and districts, and more. Read more »

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