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Interfaith letter opposes CIA lethal drone strikes, Brethren invited to May 3 rally against drone warfare (February 21, 2019)

The Church of the Brethren has signed an interfaith letter to the US Congress about CIA drone strikes. The sign-on by the denomination’s Office of Peacebuilding and Policy represented one of 25 faith-based organizations that together released the statement on Feb. 19. The letter asks members of Congress to end the CIA’s use of armed drones to carry out lethal attacks. Find the full text of the letter below. Read more »

Annual Conference registration opens March 4, business schedule will focus on compelling vision (February 21, 2019)

Annual Conference 2019 will be a very different event this year, according to Conference director Chris Douglas. Instead of a usual business schedule, the delegate body will spend much of its time in compelling vision conversations. Nondelegates may reserve seats at tables during the business sessions in order to fully participate in those conversations. And the Conference will hold a love feast for the first time in decades. Read more »

Newsline for February 9, 2019 (February 9, 2019)

NEWS 1) Joe A. Detrick and David Sollenberger top Annual Conference ballot for 2019 2) Brethren are invited to spiritual preparation for visioning at Annual Conference 3) National commission considers changes to Selective Service 4) Boko Haram attack three villages in Adamawa State, Nigeria PERSONNEL 5) Emily Tyler begins as director of Brethren Volunteer Service 6) Thriving in Ministry program begins, Dana Cassell hired as manager 7) Shannon McNeil to be on team of advocates for Mission Advancement UPCOMING EVENTS 8) Children’s Disaster Services schedules training workshops for 2019 9) Haiti mission education trip is announced 10) Brethren bits Read more »

Shannon McNeil to be on team of advocates for Mission Advancement (February 8, 2019)

Shannon McNeil has been hired by the Church of the Brethren as a fulltime Mission Advancement advocate, working out of the General Offices in Elgin, Ill. She and Nancy Timbrook McCrickard will serve as a team of advocates working at relationship-building with donors. Read more »

Joe A. Detrick and David Sollenberger top Annual Conference ballot for 2019 (February 8, 2019)

The ballot to be presented to the 2019 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren has been released. Topping the ballot are two nominees for moderator-elect: Joe A. Detrick and David Sollenberger. Other offices to be filled by election are positions on the Program and Arrangements Committee, the Mission and Ministry Board, and the boards of Bethany Seminary, Brethren Benefit Trust, and On Earth Peace. Elections will be held during the Conference on July 3-7 in Greensboro, N.C. Read more »

Brethren are invited to spiritual preparation for visioning at Annual Conference (February 8, 2019)

The Compelling Vision Process Team is inviting all Brethren to connect with a Facebook page dedicated to spiritual preparation for the visioning conversations that will happen during the 2019 Annual Conference in Greensboro, N.C. The page is titled, “COB Compelling Vision Spiritual Connection Page” and may be found at . 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 »

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 »

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