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Brethren bits for July 8, 2017 (July 8, 2017)

In this issue: Remembrances, job openings, new fellowships and congregations, listening sessions in Michigan District, donations for Annual Conference webcasts, Snapchat views of Conference, Nigeria briefing for legislators, children’s books for Flint, WCC appeal against escalation on the Korean peninsula. Read more »


New Annual Conference officers are consecrated (July 8, 2017)

A contingent of family, friends, and church representatives gathered on the stage during the closing worship of the 2017 Annual Conference for the consecration of new leadership. The service consecrated Samuel Sarpiya as Annual Conference moderator, Donita Keister as moderator-elect, and James Beckwith for a second term as Conference secretary. Sarpiya will preside over the 2018 Annual Conference. Read more »


Congregational Life Ministries gives Intercultural Award, welcomes new members of Open Roof Fellowship (July 8, 2017)

Congregational Life Ministries gave awards and citations during the Mission and Ministry Board’s pre-Annual Conference meeting in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Revelation 7:9 Award from the Intercultural Ministry was given to Don and Belita Mitchell. Citations to congregations joining the Open Roof Fellowship were given to two congregations in Illinois: Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren and York Center Church of the Brethren, represented by their respective pastors Katie Shaw Thompson and Christy Waltersdorff. Read more »


Insight session tells the story of the Solingen Brethren (July 8, 2017)

Six Brethren were arrested 300 years ago in Solingen, Germany. What was their crime? In 1716, the six men, ages 22 to 33, had been baptized as adults. This crime was a capital offense, the punishment could be execution. The six men were first marched to Dusseldorf for interrogation. It is said they sang hymns as they walked to their imprisonment. Read more »


Mission and Ministry Board approves 2018 budget parameter, among other business (July 8, 2017)

The Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren has approved a $5,192,000 budget parameter for its Core Ministries in 2018, which is the same as the current 2017 budget. On June 28 in its pre-Annual Conference meeting in Grand Rapids, Mich., the board also heard a report on the sale of the upper campus of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., among other business. Read more »


Bethany and Brethren Academy luncheon senses ‘Spirit Moving’ (July 5, 2017)

Faculty, staff, and graduates of Bethany Theological Seminary and the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership were joined by others at an Annual Conference luncheon. The theme of “Spirit Moving” was expressed succinctly when seminary president Jeff Carter noted that, thanks to what he called “our Anabaptist/Pietist vision, he said, “The world needs us.” Because of this, Carter said of the seminary’s reach: “It is broad. It is deep. It is moving.” Read more »


Newsline Special: A review of business decisions made by Annual Conference 2017 (July 3, 2017)

1) On Earth Peace retains agency status, as delegates make decisions on the Review and Evaluation Committee report 2) Delegates adopt report from Leadership Team and CODE, approve new vision effort 3) On Earth Peace call for new polity for agencies is acted on by the Conference 4) Delegate body receives insights from ‘Patient Hope in Matters of Conscience’ 5) Donita J. Keister to serve as moderator-elect, among election results 6) Annual Conference by the numbers Read more »


Annual Conference by the numbers (July 2, 2017)

A round up of some statistics on the 2017 Annual Conference, including registration numbers, offering amounts, blood drive donations, and more. Read more »


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