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Looking at life through the lenses of faith and science (May 17, 2019)

“Look at Life: A Conference Where Faith Meets Science” started with a big bang. No, not the Big Bang, although that came up in discussion over the course of the three-day event April 25-27 at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind. Isaac Wilhelm, a graduate student at Rutgers University, spoke on “The Big Bang, Fine-Tuning, and the Existence of God,” with an overwhelming energy and enthusiasm that helped dissipate all the travel weariness of the more than 100 participants. Read more »


Newsline for May 17, 2019 (May 17, 2019)

NEWS 1) Church of the Brethren renews memorandum of understanding with Selective Service 2) Ministerial ethics training uses newly commissioned workbook 3) Christian Citizenship Seminar seeks creative solutions to violent conflict 4) Leadership Team clarifies congregational withdrawal process to districts 5) Bethany Seminary conference explores intersection of faith and science 6) Looking at life through the lenses of faith and science RESOURCES 7) Brethren Press highlights new resources for congregations 8) Brethren Life & Thought offers digital access 9) Brethren bits Read more »


Christian Citizenship Seminar seeks creative solutions to violent conflict (May 17, 2019)

The Christian Citizenship Seminar gathered 47 high school youth and advisors from Church of the Brethren congregations throughout the US, beginning on April 27 in New York City and ending in Washington, D.C., on May 2, focused on the theme “Creative Solutions to Violent Conflict Worldwide.” The event was led by five Church of the Brethren staff from the Youth and Young Adult Ministry and the Office of Peacebuilding and Policy. Read more »


Brethren Life & Thought offers digital access (May 17, 2019)

In the Brethren Journal Association (BJA) annual report to the spring 2019 meeting of the Bethany Theological Seminary board of trustees, association president Jim Grossnickle-Batterton reported the following: Read more »


Ministerial ethics training uses newly commissioned workbook (May 9, 2019)

A newly commissioned ministerial ethics workbook is being featured during the current renewal cycle. Every five years ordained and commissioned ministers in the Church of the Brethren are required to take ministerial ethics advanced level training in order to renew their credentialing. Licensed ministers and those new to the denomination are required to take the basic level of training as part of the credentialing process. The ministerial ethics training is the responsibility of the Office of Ministry, working with district leadership and ministry commissions. Read more »


Church of the Brethren renews memorandum of understanding with Selective Service (May 6, 2019)

The Church of the Brethren has renewed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Selective Service System, the federal department responsible for the nation’s preparation for a military draft and draft registration. Selective Service also has worked with the historic peace churches to plan for alternative service for conscientious objectors in the event of a draft. Read more »


Gathering will dedicate memorial stones for conscientious objectors  (May 4, 2019)

An ecumenical gathering on Wednesday, May 15, will hold a ceremony related to the 2019 International Conscientious Objection Day, and all are invited. A special focus of this gathering will be to dedicate engraved stones remembering those who, in the spirit of two cherished Bible passages (Isaiah 2:4 and Luke 19:42), were conscientious objectors during World War I. Read more »


Brethren bits for May 4, 2019 (May 4, 2019)

In this issue: Remembering Sue Snyder and Ruby Shenk, compelling vision prayer calendar, job openings at the World Council of Churches, Bethany Seminary commencement, Brethren Disaster Ministries online store, mission prayer requests, anti-drone warfare conference, barrier-free grant program, choir celebrations, and much more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


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