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In addition to constant prayer, funds are needed in Nigeria (November 18, 2014)

The following is the script from a short video report on the Nigeria crisis by Church of the Brethren videographer David Sollenberger. He returned last week from a reporting trip to Nigeria on behalf of Brethren Disaster Ministries and Global Mission and Service. In the video, this script is interspersed with brief interviews not quoted here. View the video at or on YouTube at : Read more »

Court rules to ‘vacate’ clergy housing allowance case (November 18, 2014)

“We have good news to share!” said an update from Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) about a court case that had the potential to seriously affect the tax status of clergy housing allowances. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the clergy housing allowance case brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. is to be vacated (eliminated) and remanded (sent back) to the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin with instructions to dismiss the case. The court ruled that the plaintiffs have no standing to bring a complaint. Read more »

Communication informs about new IRS rule on pre-tax health insurance premium contributions for pastors, church workers (November 18, 2014)

A communication with important information about how churches report their pastors’ (and lay employees’) income with regard to health insurance premiums is being sent to each Church of the Brethren congregation. The joint letter is from Mary Jo Flory-Steury, associate general secretary of the Church of the Brethren and executive of the Ministry Office, and Scott W. Douglas, BBT director of Employee Benefits. An additional letter from Douglas gives information about IRS rules for Section 105 HRA pre-tax insurance contributions. Read more »

Congregational Life Ministries offers webinars on ‘Just Friendship’ and ‘Youth Work after Christendom’ (November 18, 2014)

Congregational Life Ministries is a co-sponsor of two webinars scheduled for this week: on Wednesday, Nov. 19, Anthony Grinnell will present a webinar related to ministry and evangelism and justice titled “Just Friendship”; and on Thursday, Nov. 20, Nigel Pimlott is the presenter of a webinar on the topic “Youth Work after Christendom-Revisited.” Both webinars start at 2:30 p.m. (eastern time). Read more »

On Earth Peace to host informational webinar on Anti-Racism Transformation Team (November 18, 2014)

On Earth Peace invites interested individuals to participate in an informational webinar to learn more about the organization’s Anti-Racism Transformation Team. Read more »

Brethren bits for Nov. 18, 2014 (November 18, 2014)

In this issue: Church of the Brethren seeks chief financial officer, ADNet seeks half-time director, registration opens Dec. 1 for Christian Citizenship Seminar, youth group starts a Dunker Punks Café, dates for 2015 Meat Canning Project are set, E’town School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers new Health Care Administration degree program, UNHCR release numbers Nigerians in the thousands fleeing into neighboring countries, and more news from and for Brethren. Read more »

Newsline for Nov. 12, 2014 (November 12, 2014)

NEWS: 1) Global Food Crisis-funded project in Nigeria is lost along with EYN headquarters compound 2) WCC general secretary: Dismay over attacks on churches in Nigeria 3) Reflections on the destruction of the Armenian church in Deir Zor PERSONNEL: 4) LeAnn Harnist resigns as treasurer of the Church of the Brethren UPCOMING EVENTS: 5) Office of Public Witness helps plan conference on drone warfare RESOURCES: 6) Brethren Press offers Advent devotional, winter Guide for Biblical Studies, Yearbook on CD 7) Brethren bits Read more »

LeAnn Harnist resigns as treasurer of the Church of the Brethren (November 12, 2014)

LeAnn Harnist has resigned as executive director of Organizational Resources and treasurer of the Church of the Brethren, effective Jan. 16, 2015. She has served on the denominational staff for more than 10 years, since March 2004. Read more »

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