News Archives November, 2011


Young adults will meet on theme, ‘Humble Yet Bold: Being the Church’ (November 30, 2011)

Young adults between the ages of 18-35 are invited to National Young Adult Conference (NYAC) in Knoxville, Tenn., on June 18-22, 2012. Read more »


Committee announces decisions regarding 2012 Annual Conference (November 30, 2011)

The Program and Arrangements Committee of Annual Conference has made a number of decisions including approval of all applications for booth space in the exhibit hall in 2012. Among applicants was the Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Interests (BMC). Other decisions include seating delegates at round tables, a "Continuing the Work of Jesus Wall," a service project to benefit the city of St. Louis, Robert Neff as leader of a Sunday school session, and a new logo. Read more »


Brethren funds jointly support relief for Horn of Africa famine (November 30, 2011)

Two new grants from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) and the Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) have been given to help hundreds of thousands of people affected by famine and drought in the Horn of Africa. The EDF grant of $40,000 and the GFCF grant of $25,000 follow up on two previous grants in the same amounts made in August. Read more »


Newsline for Nov. 30, 2011 (November 30, 2011)

Stories include: 1) Committee announces decisions regarding 2012 Annual Conference; 2) Enhancing, restructuring, and safeguarding its ministries was the focus of the BBT board’s fall meeting; 3) BBT board offers Ethos Statement to Church of the Brethren community as a guide for interaction; 4) Brethren funds jointly support relief for Horn of Africa famine; 5) BBT announces personnel changes and restructuring; 6) Brethren Academy announces upcoming courses; 7) Young adults will meet on theme, ‘Humble Yet Bold: Being the Church'; 8) Bethany Seminary invites youth to explore their call; 9) Brethren bits: Correction, remembrance, personnel, Christmas events, much more. Read more »


Brethren bits (November 30, 2011)

Corrections, a remembrance, personnel notices, job openings, Christmas events, and much, much more news about and for Brethren. Read more »


Enhancing, restructuring, and safeguarding its ministries was the focus of the BBT board’s fall meeting (November 30, 2011)

New capabilities for Brethren Pension Plan members, a restructuring of Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) as an organization, and the creation of a reserve fund for Brethren Foundation Charitable Gift Annuities were three of the main outcomes from the BBT board’s fall face-to-face meeting, which was held Nov. 18-19 in Martinsburg, Pa. Read more »


Brethren Academy announces upcoming courses (November 30, 2011)

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership has announced courses for 2012. Courses are open to Training in Ministry (TRIM) students, pastors seeking continuing education units, and all interested persons. Registration brochures are available at www.bethanyseminary.edu/academy or call 800-287-8822 ext. 1824. For a Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center course contact SVMC@etown.edu or 717-361-1450. Read more »


BBT board offers Ethos Statement to Church of the Brethren community as a guide for interaction (November 30, 2011)

In November 2008, the BBT board approved an ethos statement designed to guide board members and staff in their interactions with others. In these uncertain times within the denomination and society, the BBT board reviewed and reaffirmed the statement on Nov. 19 during its fall meeting. Read more »


BBT announces personnel changes and restructuring (November 30, 2011)

Five Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) colleagues will end their responsibilities with the organization effective Dec. 16 due to budgetary and economic factors. Effective Jan. 1, 2012, BBT will restructure. Read more »


Progressive Brethren Gathering focuses on response to 2011 Conference (November 16, 2011)

With the theme “Pressing On, No Turning Back,” the Progressive Brethren Gathering Nov. 11-13 focused on a response to decisions and events at the 2011 Annual Conference regarding sexuality and women’s leadership in the church. Read more »


‘Prepare the Way’ is theme for annual Advent offering (November 16, 2011)

Resources are now available for the 2011 Church of the Brethren Advent Offering on the theme “Prepare the Way.” The offering is designed to help congregations connect with Church of the Brethren peace and justice ministries through worship and reflection, and provides support for the denomination’s core ministries fund. Read more »


Newsline for Nov. 16, 2011 (November 16, 2011)

Stories in this issue of Newsline include: 1) Northeast Nigeria again experiences violence, EYN church burned. 2) EDF announces grants, new disaster project to start in Alabama. 3) Progressive Brethren Gathering focuses on response to 2011 Conference. 4) Bethany trustees address seminary’s role in church leadership. 5) Sustaining Pastoral Excellence welcomes final Vital Pastor cohorts. 6) Elizabethtown College students go hungry for Food Stamp Challenge. 7) CCS 2012 asks ‘What is your carbon footprint?’ 8) Workcamps prepare participants to be ‘Ready to Listen.’ 9) ‘Prepare the Way’ is theme for annual Advent offering. 10) Honor to whom honor is due: A reflection on St. Martin’s Day. 11) Brethren bits: NCC and district personnel, church and college news, much more. Read more »


Workcamps prepare participants to be ‘Ready to Listen’ (November 16, 2011)

“Ready to Listen” (1 Samuel 3:20) is the theme for Church of the Brethren workcamps in 2012. God is always present, listening to us. Join a workcamp this summer and be ready to listen as we continue the work of Jesus and answer God’s call through the workcamp ministry. Read more »


Powerhouse conference asks youth to ‘Follow: If You Dare’ (November 16, 2011)

The second annual “Powerhouse” Church of the Brethren regional youth conference took place at Manchester College Nov. 12-13, with nearly 100 senior high youth and advisors from Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois attending. The college is located in North Manchester, Ind. Read more »


EDF announces grants, new disaster project to start in Alabama (November 16, 2011)

The Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) of the Church of the Brethren has announced a number of grants. One is funding start-up of a new Brethren Disaster Ministries project site in northeast Alabama, in the area of Arab. Read more »


Brethren Academy announces upcoming courses (November 16, 2011)

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership has announced courses for 2012. Courses are open to Training in Ministry (TRIM) students, pastors seeking continuing education units, and all interested persons. Registration brochures are available at www.bethanyseminary.edu/academy or call 800-287-8822 ext. 1824. For a Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center course contact SVMC@etown.edu or 717-361-1450. Read more »


Elizabethtown College students go hungry for Food Stamp Challenge (November 16, 2011)

Students at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College are participating in a local version of a national program--Fighting Poverty with Faith Food Stamp Challenge--to create awareness and advocate on behalf of people who receive food stamps. Read more »


CCS 2012 asks ‘What is your carbon footprint?’ (November 16, 2011)

The Church of the Brethren’s Christian Citizenship Seminar (CCS) in 2012 will consider carbon footprints and large-scale responses to elevated levels of carbon in the atmosphere, such as carbon labeling. The event for high school youth and adult advisors takes place April 14-19 in New York City and Washington, D.C. Participants will focus on how individuals and the country might respond to the high level of carbon in today’s atmosphere, rather than debate global warming. Read more »


Brethren bits: NCC and district personnel, church and college news, much more (November 16, 2011)

Newsline's "Brethren bits" for Nov. 16, 2011, includes the resignation of National Council of Churches general secretary Michael Kinnamon, BVSer Jillian Foerster going to serve in South Sudan, Don Knieriem starting as data analyst with the Church of the Brethren, three new area ministers in Oregon and Washington District, Nancy Davis leaving as Northern Plains District financial and office secretary, applications for the 2012 Youth Peace Travel Team due Jan. 13, and much, much more. Read more »


Sustaining Pastoral Excellence welcomes final Vital Pastor cohorts (November 16, 2011)

The Sustaining Pastoral Excellence program of the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership this year has welcomed its final five cohort groups of pastors in the Vital Pastor track. In addition, seven pastors began the Advanced Foundations of Church Leadership track in September. Read more »


Honor to whom honor is due: A reflection on St. Martin’s Day, Nov. 11 (November 10, 2011)

A reflection from the chapel service at the Church of the Brethren General Offices, Elgin, Ill., this week, given by Global Mission and Service executive director Jay Wittmeyer. The reflection focuses on the story of St. Martin, the saint's day that is celebrated in the US as Veteran's Day, and the story of Dr. James Kim, founder of Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in N. Korea. Read more »


Northeast Nigeria again experiences violence, EYN church burned (November 8, 2011)

Northeast Nigeria has again suffered terrorist-type violence since Friday, when attacks blamed on the Boko Haram sect began. “Pray for peace and safety in Nigeria,” said a note of condolence from Jay Wittmeyer, executive director of the Church of the Brethren’s Global Mission and Service department. “Our condolences to the family of Jinatu Libra Wamdeo, general secretary of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria, whose wife’s brother was killed at a road block on his way home from work in Sokoto State.” At least one church of EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria--has been burned. Read more »


Assisi event calls for peace as a human right (November 3, 2011)

Among religious leaders on the stage with Pope Benedict XVI at the World Day of Peace in Assisi last week was Stan Noffsinger, general secretary of the Church of the Brethren. The main message of the Oct. 27 event was that peace is a human right, Noffsinger said in an interview on his return from Italy. Read more »


New Bible studies, Yearbook available from Brethren Press (November 2, 2011)

Two new Bible studies are now available from Brethren Press: a Covenant Bible Study on “Miracles of Jesus,” and the Winter quarter of “A Guide for Biblical Studies” on the theme “God Establishes a Faithful People.” The 2011 Advent Devotional also is now available, along with a special Christmas card featuring a colorful graphic from the devotional cover. In addition, the Church of the Brethren Yearbook for 2012 may be purchased on CD. Read more »


Newsline for Nov. 2, 2011 (November 2, 2011)

News items include: 1) Assisi event calls for peace as a human right. 2) Brethren faculty report on conference at N. Korean university. 3) BBT goes green' with e-mail publications, simplifies e-mail addresses. 4) Global Food Crisis Fund showcases projects for holiday giving. 5) Brethren Volunteer Service unit begins its work. 6) BBT co-sponsors financial and benefits seminar for congregations. 7) New Bible studies, Yearbook available from Brethren Press. 8) Brethren bits: Remembrance, personnel, college news, more. Read more »


Brethren faculty report on conference at N. Korean university (November 2, 2011)

Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in North Korea held its first International Conference on Science and Technology on Oct. 4-7 with 27 foreign and almost as many DPRK guests/speakers. Robert Shank, Church of the Brethren faculty member, and department DPRK partner co-chaired the Ag/Life Science session. Read more »


Global Food Crisis Fund showcases projects for holiday giving (November 2, 2011)

The Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) has launched a web page showcasing projects for alternative gift giving this holiday season. Go to www.brethren.org/gfcfgive. “Reach out your soul to the hungry,” says an invitation. “Honor loved ones by giving a gift in their name to the Global Food Crisis Fund. Read more »