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Mission and Ministry Board addresses budget concerns, sets stage for new financial campaign (July 23, 2016)

The Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren held its summer meeting on June 29 in Greensboro, N.C., with a focus on finances. On the agenda were approval of a 2017 budget parameter for the Core Ministries of the denomination, approval of budget revisions for this year 2016, and affirmation of plans for a new financial campaign, among other business. Read more »

Haiti Medical Project expands to include maternal care, water projects, dispensaries (July 23, 2016)

The Haiti Medical Project began as a partnership of American and Haitian Brethren responding to health needs in the wake of a devastating earthquake in 2010. In the time since, the project has grown tremendously with the help of grants from the Global Food Initiative (formerly the Global Food Crisis Fund) and the Royer Family Foundation, and the drive of passionate individuals from both the Church of the Brethren and L’Eglise des Freres Haitiens (Church of the Brethren in Haiti). Read more »

EYN embarks on nationwide ‘Sympathy, Reconciliation, and Encouragement Tour’ (July 23, 2016)

Joel S. Billi, president of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has embarked on a “Sympathy, Reconciliation, and Encouragement Tour” to 14 zones nationwide in Nigeria. Read more »

Amy Beery named admissions counselor for Bethany Seminary (July 23, 2016)

Bethany Theological Seminary announces that Amy Beery of Indianapolis, Ind., has been hired as part-time admissions counselor as of June 29. She earned a master of divinity from Bethany in 2013 and most recently has worked in chaplaincy for Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Read more »

Situation in South Sudan deteriorates, Brethren donate vehicle to relief effort (July 23, 2016)

As the situation in South Sudan deteriorates, with recent eruption of renewed armed conflict and United Nations reports that 4.8 million people face food shortages, the Church of the Brethren has donated a vehicle to aid staff in food distribution and other relief work. Read more »

Craig Smith to retire from leadership of Atlantic Northeast District (July 23, 2016)

Atlantic Northeast District executive minister Craig H. Smith has announced his retirement, as of the end of this year. He has served in the position for 19 years. Read more »

CDS deployments to California, W. Virginia, mark record number so far this year (July 23, 2016)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) volunteers recently returned from deployments in the areas of Kernville, Calif., and White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. CDS has had a record number of 9 responses so far in 2016, in addition to the Nigeria Healing Hearts response. Read more »

Brethren bits for July 23, 2016 (July 23, 2016)

In this issue: Two-page Wrap Up of Annual Conference is available, personnel notices and job openings, workcamp group gets media attention, 45th anniversary celebration of National Farm Worker Ministry, prayer requests from Global Mission and Service, On Earth Peace Anti-Racism Transformation Team meets, annual World Hunger Auction scheduled for Aug. 13, and more news by, for, and about Brethren--including sales of new items emblazoned with the classic Brethren slogan “When Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies...’” that benefit Brethren Press. Read more »

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