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My brother’s keeper: Remembering the Haiti earthquake of January 12, 2010 (January 30, 2020)

January 12 is a date forever engraved in my heart for two reasons: first, January 12, 2007, I married the love of my life, Michaela Alphonse; second, January 12, 2010, the worst natural disaster in my time, a massive earthquake, destroyed my native country of Haiti and my people. It was the darkest hour for every Haitian everywhere. We as a people lost family members, loved ones, homes, places of worship, businesses, and most importantly hope. Read more »

NOAC planning team announces theme for 2021 gathering of older adults (January 30, 2020)

The planning team for the 2021 National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) has announced the theme for the gathering, the list of preachers, and two of the keynote speakers. Read more »

Ventures online courses to focus on society and the environment (January 27, 2020)

The February and March online courses offered by Ventures will focus on society and the environment. Ventures in Christian Discipleship is a program of McPherson (Kan.) College. Read more »

Nigerian Brethren district leader and ecumenical leader Lawan Andimi has been executed by Boko Haram (January 21, 2020)

Lawan Andimi was executed by Boko Haram yesterday, Jan. 20. He was an ordained minister in Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), served as EYN district secretary for the Michika area, and was chair of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for the Michika area. EYN staff sent confirmation of his death to Brethren Disaster Ministries associate executive Roy Winter early this morning. Read more »

Newsline for Jan. 17, 2020 (January 17, 2020)

NEWS 1) Retreat gathers clergywomen from across denomination 2) Puerto Rico District, Brethren Disaster Ministries identifying needs following earthquakes 3) Two Church of the Brethren funds announce year’s first grants 4) United Nations representative reports from human rights events in 2019 PERSONNEL 5) LaDonna Sanders Nkosi begins as director of Intercultural Ministries UPCOMING EVENTS 6) Brethren Academy updates course listing for 2020 into 2021 7) Moderator’s forum is April 18 at Elizabethtown College’s Young Center 8) Brethren bits Read more »

Puerto Rico District, Brethren Disaster Ministries identifying needs following earthquakes (January 17, 2020)

The Church of the Brethren Puerto Rico District continues to ask for prayer for those affected by earthquake aftershocks and tremors continuing daily. More than 1,200 small earthquakes have occurred in Puerto Rico since Dec. 28, 2019. Several quakes over magnitude 5.0 have caused great damage, especially in the south, with the largest being 6.4 magnitude on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Read more »

United Nations representative reports from human rights events in 2019 (January 17, 2020)

Doris Theresa Abdullah, the United Nations representative for the Church of the Brethren, has attended several human rights events on behalf of the denomination in 2019. Commenting on the need for peace and light in the world, she noted that the events highlighted many concerns including “the darkness of hate, religious intolerance, greed, racism, discrimination, bigotry, and ignorance.” Read more »

Brethren bits for Jan. 17, 2020 (January 17, 2020)

In this issue: Remembering the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, personnel and job openings, registration is open for this summer’s workcamps, CDS training workshops, SVMC continuing education opportunities, a report from the 65th general assembly of TEKAN in Nigeria, MLK Day Celebration at Bridgewater College and the town of Bridgewater, the 2020 Ecumenical Advocacy Days, new Bible app for Week of Prayer, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »

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