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Grants from EDF support Brethren Disaster Ministries projects in New Jersey, Colorado (April 8, 2015)

Two Brethren Disaster Ministries project sites in the United States are receiving support through grants from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF), totaling $75,000. Brethren Disaster Ministries also has directed an EDF grant to the island nation of Vanuatu after it was hit by Tropical Cyclone Pam. Read more »


Brethren bits for April 8, 2015 (April 8, 2015)

Personnel, Iran agreement, Fellowship of Brethren Homes 2015 Forum, Shine sponsors “Faith Forward,” Stone Church holds Nigerian Benefit Concert, Dranesville holds “Eat Out” fundraiser, Bridgewater College celebrates 135 years, Mother’s Day Gratitude Project, more Read more »


Bucher publishes new commentary, discusses ‘Lamentations, Song of Songs’ April 29 at Elizabethtown College (April 8, 2015)

Christina A. Bucher, the Carl W. Zeigler Chair in Religious Studies at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, recently published a Bible commentary on the book Song of Songs, as part of the Believers Church Bible Commentary series. Bucher’s commentary shares space in the volume, “Lamentations, Song of Songs,” with Wilma Ann Bailey, who explores Lamentations. Read more »


Summer workcamp to be at new Brethren Disaster Ministries project site in Colorado (March 31, 2015)

Brethren Disaster Ministries is opening a new disaster recovery project in Greeley, Colo., in May. Several days of heavy rain in the fall of 2013 turned five rivers into raging torrents through the hills and canyons north of Denver. The flooding destroyed 1,882 homes and left 5,566 others with major damage. Read more »


Open Roof Award recognizes churches who welcome those dealing with disabilities (March 31, 2015)

The Open Roof Award is presented annually to congregations who widen their welcome to include those who have to deal with significant physical or mental disabilities. Fourteen congregations have received this award in the eight years since it was initially established. Congregations are recognized during the Mission and Ministry Board meeting just prior to Annual Conference. Read more »


Newsline for March 31, 2015 (March 31, 2015)

1) Summer workcamp to be at new Brethren Disaster Ministries project site in Colorado. 2) Open Roof Award recognizes churches who welcome those dealing with disabilities. 3) Thompson Fund makes grants. 4) New book shows Mister Rogers as quiet political pacifist. 5) Trip to Nigeria yields testimonies of thanks for support from American Brethren. 6) Report from Nigeria elections: Continuing to hope and pray. 7) ‘They called to us to come closer’: An interview with a Chibok girl who escaped. 8) Retreat to be held for Church of the Brethren spiritual directors. 9) Ethics in Ministry Relations Training offered in advance of Annual Conference. 10) Questions still surface. 11) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for March 31, 2015 (March 31, 2015)

In this issue: Remembering WCC leader Philip Potter and 1978 Annual Conference moderator Ira Peters, gardening webinar is tonight, letter asks President to address root causes of violence in Syria and Iraq, Material Resources shipments, May 3 is National Youth Sunday, “Mother's Day 5K for Peace” in Bridgewater benefits Nigeria crisis response, and much more. Read more »


‘They called to us to come closer’: An interview with a Chibok girl who escaped (March 31, 2015)

On the night of April 14, 2014, Hauwa was in her room at school when she heard voices outside. When she looked outside she saw soldiers coming toward their dormitory. “They called to us to come closer,” Hauwa recalls. “When we got closer to the men, they asked us where our teachers were. When we told them that our teachers were staying in town, they wanted us to show them where the food was being stored. It became clear to us that these men were not soldiers but Boko Haram. We were all very frightened. Before we realized what was happening, they began shoving us into cars and driving us away.” Read more »


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