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Newsline for June 9, 2018 (June 9, 2018)

NEWS 1) Business item on delegate representation withdrawn from Annual Conference agenda 2) CDS sends new team to respond to Hawaii volcano 3) Nigeria project aims to save records of victims of Boko Haram violence 4) Devastated Nigerian church denomination conducts Interfaith Peace Conference PERSONNEL 5) Kathy Fry-Miller retires from Children’s Disaster Services UPCOMING EVENTS 6) Intercultural Ministries offers ‘Continuing Together’ call series FEATURE 7) ‘I have been meaning to reach out to the Church of the Brethren for 40 years’ 8) Brethren bits Read more »

‘I have been meaning to reach out to the Church of the Brethren for 40 years’ (June 8, 2018)

From the early 1980s, I have fond memories of the nice young lady asking for volunteers at a small college in western North Carolina. I raised my hand and volunteered to work for hours beside her, and a big draft horse. Little did I know I’d spend several days hand cutting sorghum cane on the steep slopes of a Virginia mountain farm. Read more »

CDS sends new team to respond to Hawaii volcano (June 8, 2018)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has sent a new team to Hawaii to continue the response to the volcanic eruption that was begun by local volunteers Petie Brown and Randy Kawate. The American Red Cross had requested a CDS team to respond on the Big Island of Hawaii. The new team arrived at the Pahoa shelter on Wednesday, June 6. Read more »

Nigeria project aims to save records of victims of Boko Haram violence (June 7, 2018)

The Centre for Caring, Empowerment, and Peace Initiatives (CCEPI) Humanitarian Analysis project tells many stories. Dr. Rebecca S. Dali started the non-governmental organization (NGO) 29 years ago, in 1989 before Boko Haram violence began to plague northern Nigeria. She started CCEPI because she herself experienced hunger, gender-based violence, and extreme poverty growing up. Her passion for those struggling to live in northeast Nigeria led Dali to provide livelihood, trauma healing, protection monitoring, as well as basic food, clothing, and shelter, and most recently re-integration of abducted women into society. Read more »

Devastated Nigerian church denomination conducts Interfaith Peace Conference (May 30, 2018)

Devastated church denomination Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has organized a day-long Interfaith Peace Conference in Yola, the state capital of Adamawa State. President of the denomination, Joel S. Billi, spoke at the occasion urged participants from the major religions, Christians and Muslims, to be ambassadors of peace. Read more »

Kathy Fry-Miller retires from Children’s Disaster Services (May 30, 2018)

Kathy Fry-Miller is retiring as associate director of Children’s Disaster Services (CDS), effective Sept. 13. She began leading CDS on Feb. 1, 2014, working from her home in North Manchester, Ind., and from the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. Read more »

Newsline for May 26, 2018 (May 26, 2018)

ANNUAL CONFERENCE PREVIEW 1) Living parables: A preview of Annual Conference 2018 2) Conference business ranges from changes in delegate representation to a new vision for mission to creation care and more NEWS 3) ‘New and Renew’ conference: Reflections from one participant 4) Children’s Disaster Services volunteers respond to Hawaii eruption 5) Bethany Seminary holds commencement 6) Brethren attend ‘Reclaiming Jesus’ event in nation’s capital 7) Ecumenical delegation visits North Korea PERSONNEL 8) Todd Bauer ends service with BVS as Latin America coordinator 9) Fellowship of Brethren Homes announces leadership transition UPCOMING EVENTS 10) Sixth Brethren World Assembly set for August in Indiana 11) Brethren bits Read more »

Brethren bits for May 26, 2018 (May 26, 2018)

In this issue: Remembering John Crumley, personnel notes, job openings, commissioning materials for Workcampers, prayer requested for tensions between Dominicans and Haitians in the DR, new podcasts from Frederick Church of the Brethren and Dunker Punks, Brethren Woods celebrates 60 years, “Farm to Table Dinners” at Shepherd’s Spring, and more. Read more »

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