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Events at “Inspiration 2017" (NOAC) to be live streamed (August 17, 2017)

“Inspiration 2017" will be the first National Older Adult Conference to be live-streamed on the Internet. All keynote addresses, worship services, afternoon programs, and daily Bible studies will be available to view live online through a partnership with Enten and Mary Eller and Living Stream Church of the Brethren. This is especially important for conference “alumni/ae” who are no longer able to travel to the conference location in Lake Junaluska, N.C., and who long to be part of the NOAC community. Read more »

Many Brethren across the country gather, pray, speak about Charlottesville (August 17, 2017)

Many Brethren across the country have been involved in prayer gatherings, prayer walks, vigils, and other gatherings responding to the events in Charlottesville, Va., while others have helped issue a variety of statements. Here is a sampling: Read more »

Nancy S. Heishman named director of the Office of Ministry (August 17, 2017)

The Church of the Brethren has called Nancy Sollenberger Heishman as director of the Office of Ministry. She will begin in this role on Nov. 6, working out of the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill., and from her home in Tipp City, Ohio. Read more »

And who is my neighbor? The Good Samaritan, or how we justify ourselves (August 14, 2017)

Samuel K. Sarpiya, moderator of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, has shared this reflection in response to the weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Va. This is the first in a series of reflections on the 2018 Conference theme, “Living Parables”: Read more »

Brethren clergywoman shares about Charlottesville experience (August 14, 2017)

“It was extremely grim and sobering to be face-to-face with such hatred and racism--and more so because of what seemed almost an inevitability about the clash between white supremacists and others,” said Kim McDowell, pastor of University Park Brethren and Baptist Church in Hyattsville, Md. She was one of the clergy who provided a presence in Charlottesville, Va., during the white supremacist rally on Saturday. She was not aware of other Church of the Brethren clergy who may have been present. Read more »

Newsline for Aug. 5, 2017 (August 5, 2017)

NEWS 1) Brethren Academy launches EFSM program in Spanish 2) La Academia Hermanos lanza el programa de EPMC 3) New urban ministry experience is offered by Bethany Seminary 4) Minister’s manual project will not continue 5) UN holds hearing on Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons PERSONNEL 6) William Wenger to serve as executive minister for Western Pennsylvania District UPCOMING EVENTS 7) Children’s Disaster Services offers volunteer training workshops 8) SVMC offers continuing education on Christology and ministry with older and younger people 9) Annual Dunker Church Service will be 47th held at Antietam 10) Springs initiative offers new class designed for laity 11) Brethren bits Read more »

UN holds hearing on Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons (August 5, 2017)

While we rightly call attention to the awful atrocities of Boko Haram in Nigeria, we often overlook the other great tragedy of trafficking in girls and women from Nigeria. The Central Mediterranean Route report show that nearly 80 percent of Nigerian girls and women, between the ages of 13-24, arriving in Europe are victims of sex trafficking. Read more »

SVMC offers continuing education on Christology and ministry with older and younger people  (August 5, 2017)

The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center on the campus of Elizabethtown (Pa.) College announces three upcoming continuing education events: “Go and Do Likewise: The Practices of Christology,” “Enriching the Lives of Older Adults,” and “Science, Theology, and the Church Today--Ministry with Youth and Young Adults.” Registration forms are available at or by contacting Karen Hodges at 717-361-1450 or . Read more »

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