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Four members join the Youth Peace Travel Team for 2016 (February 12, 2016)

The members of the 2016 Youth Peace Travel Team have been announced. As the team spends time with youth this summer at camps across the denomination, they will teach about peace, justice, and reconciliation, all core values throughout the Church of the Brethren’s 300-plus year history. Read more »


Brethren bits for Feb. 12, 2016 (February 12, 2016)

In this issue: Personnel news from Juniata College, a report from CODE and IAF meetings, prayer requests for an Asamblea in the DR and theological training and a special medical clinic in Haiti, Mutual Kumquat to record music for Shine, an honor for the founder of Circleville Church of the Brethren, Regional Youth Conferences, and more. Read more »


Spiritual preparation for Annual Conference in Greensboro (February 12, 2016)

In his Lenten devotional, “Let Us Also Go,” Chris Bowman summons us for a challenging journey that leads through the darkness of Good Friday to the Light of Easter Sunday. It is a good reminder that for Christians to “carry the light” we must also prepare ourselves with confession, prayer, and discipline that acknowledges the darkness that surrounds us and, at times, occupies us. Read more »


Church of the Brethren signs letter urging federal action to aid Flint (February 12, 2016)

In response to the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Mich., the Church of the Brethren and a number of other Christian groups who represent Creation Justice Ministries, the former National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program, have signed onto a letter praising the charitable actions of faith groups while also urging Congress and the Obama administration to take action to resolve the situation. Read more »


Brethren Volunteer Service holds connection dinners in Pennsylvania, Kansas (February 12, 2016)

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) staff will be visiting and holding “Connection” meal events in McPherson, Kan., on Feb. 28, and in Elizabethtown, Pa., on March 13. These meal events are an opportunity for prospective volunteers, those interested in BVS, and BVS alumni and friends to enjoy food, fellowship, and stories about the volunteer experience. Read more »


Newsline for Feb. 12, 2016 (February 12, 2016)

1) Sarpiya and Wiltschek top Annual Conference ballot for 2016 2) Spiritual preparation for Annual Conference in Greensboro 3) Four members join the Youth Peace Travel Team for 2016 4) Church of the Brethren signs letter urging federal action to aid Flint 5) Brethren Volunteer Service holds connection dinners in Pennsylvania, Kansas 6) Brethren bits Read more »


Sarpiya and Wiltschek top Annual Conference ballot for 2016 (February 10, 2016)

The Conference Office has released the ballot that will be presented to the delegate body at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren this summer. Topping the ballot are two nominees for Annual Conference moderator-elect: Samuel Sarpiya and Walt Wiltschek. Other offices to be filled by election of the delegate body are positions on the Program and Arrangements Committee, Pastoral Compensation and Benefits Advisory Committee, Mission and Ministry Board, Bethany Seminary board of trustees, Brethren Benefit Trust board, and On Earth Peace board. Read more »


Brethren bits for Feb. 5, 2016 (February 5, 2016)

In this issue: Remembrances, personnel announcements from Bethany Seminary and BBT and Shepherd’s Spring, job openings at the Brethren Housing Association and Pinecrest Community, encouragement to “keep thinking long term” from BBT’s president, next webinar in the “Heart of Anabaptism” series, new members on the COBYS Board of Directors, a tour by Bittersweet Gospel Band, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


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