Crain hired by McPherson College as new campus minister(February 24, 2012)
McPherson (Kan.) College has chosen a new campus minister with deep roots in both the spiritual and the scientific--Steve Crain.
Church representative attends World Interfaith Harmony week at UN(February 22, 2012)
Church of the Brethren representative to the United Nations, Doris Abdullah, recently attended the World Interfaith Harmony Week 2012 at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Following is her report from the event:
Tax credit for health care expenses can help a church save(February 22, 2012)
Are medical premiums hurting your church budget? Your church may be eligible for a significant tax credit on health insurance premiums it paid for full-time or part-time employees in 2011.
Newsline for Feb. 22, 2012(February 22, 2012)
This issue of Newsline includes the following stories: 1) Financial report for 2011 includes hopeful signs and cause for concern. 2) Annual CCT meeting has anti-racism, anti-poverty focus. 3) Tax credit for health care expenses can help a church save. 4) Brethren couple to teach another semester at university in N. Korea. 5) Church representative attends World Interfaith Harmony week at UN. 6) Paynes called to lead Southeastern District. 7) Youth Peace Travel Team is named for 2012. 8) Leadership summit is planned for late March. 9) May is Older Adult Month on theme, ‘Aging with Passion and Purpose.’ 10) Stewardship is a team effort: A reflection on fundraising results for 2011. 11) Brethren bits: Remembrance, personnel, jobs, Annual Conference, district news, much more.
Annual CCT meeting has anti-racism, anti-poverty focus(February 22, 2012)
Christian Churches Together (CCT) completed its annual meeting Feb. 17 in Memphis, Tenn. Attending were 85 national church leaders from the organization’s five “faith families”: African-American, Catholic, Historic Protestant, Evangelical/Pentecostal, and Orthodox Christian. The group of men and women of many colors and ethnicities sought together to better understand and more effectively organize to combat racism and poverty in America.
Financial report for 2011 includes hopeful signs and cause for concern(February 22, 2012)
Financial results for Church of the Brethren denominational ministries in 2011 include both hopeful signs and cause for concern. Positive results were seen in the Conference Office budget and in certain restricted giving. However, the Core Ministries and other self-funding ministries realized expenses in excess of income.
Brethren couple to teach another semester at university in N. Korea(February 22, 2012)
Robert and Linda Shank are preparing to return for another semester teaching at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The couple have been working in North Korea with sponsorship from the Global Mission and Service program of the Church of the Brethren.
Stewardship is a team effort: A reflection on fundraising results for 2011(February 22, 2012)
In 2011, a new way of thinking about donor communication has taken place in the Church of the Brethren. Fundraising has taken on the flavor of a team effort, with staff from across many ministry areas starting to take responsibility for articulating the value of Church of the Brethren ministries--and their cost.
Leadership summit is planned for late March(February 22, 2012)
At the invitation of the General Secretary, 25 to 30 Church of the Brethren members will convene on March 28-30 for a leadership summit in northern Virginia. Participants hold both formal and informal leadership positions within the Church of the Brethren. The purpose of the summit is to prayerfully examine the dynamics of leadership needed in the church today.
May is Older Adult Month on theme, ‘Aging with Passion and Purpose'(February 22, 2012)
This May, the Church of the Brethren’s Older Adult Ministry invites congregations to celebrate God’s gift of aging and the contributions of older adults to our lives and faith communities.
Brethren bits for Feb. 22, 2012(February 22, 2012)
This issue of Brethren bits starts off with a remembrance for longtime Brethren Press employee Esther Craig, and continues with a personnel announcement from Brethren Benefit Trust, job and internship openings, a note from Conference Office director Chris Douglas, more news from Annual Conference, the spring “Guide for Biblical Studies” by Greg Davidson Laszakovits, a “Friend of the Court” amicus brief, and much, much more.
Paynes called to lead Southeastern District(February 16, 2012)
Russell and Deborah Payne have accepted the call to serve Southeastern District as co-district executives beginning June 1. They will make their home and establish the new Southeastern District Office in Sulphur Springs, Tenn.
Youth Peace Travel Team is named for 2012(February 16, 2012)
The 2012 Youth Peace Travel Team has been named. As they spend time with junior and senior high youth this summer at camps across the Church of the Brethren, the team will teach about peace, justice, and reconciliation.
Advocacy and witness office issues statement on religious liberty and contraception issue(February 10, 2012)
The Church of the Brethren’s advocacy and peace witness office based in Washington, D.C., has issued a statement on the current issues with regard to religious liberty and the provision of health insurance coverage for contraception.
Resources for Lent: Devotional and blog challenge believers to engage the world(February 9, 2012)
In “A Community of Love,” the Lenten devotional from Brethren Press, author Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford encourages readers to engage in personal introspection that leads to participation in the community of faith. Congregational Life Ministries of the Church of the Brethren is hosting a blog as one way to invite readers into this larger community of faith. The site will offer simple prayers and questions growing out of the Lenten devotional. Also find more resources for Lent and Easter from Congregational Life Ministries, Global Women’s Project, and the Springs Initiative.
Newsline for Feb. 8, 2012(February 8, 2012)
The Newsline for Feb. 8, 2012, includes an Annual Conference preview with news of registration and housing opening date as well as a Vision Statement coming to the Annual Conference, pre-Conference workshops, sessions on women in leadership, and Annual Conference bits and pieces; personnel notices for Nathan Hosler as new advocacy officer and the retirement of Cross Keys Village president/CEO Vernon King; Child Abuse Prevention Month in April; Children’s Disaster Services Spring training workshops; ‘Naked Anabaptist’ author Murray featured in upcoming webinar; One Great Hour of Sharing offering; resources for Lent; and Brethren bits.
Annual Conference bits and pieces(February 8, 2012)
These highlights of special events and opportunities at the 2012 Annual Conference include a second annual Congregational Life Ministry Fair, pre- and post-Conference tours of Bethany Theological Seminary, “New Fire: Youth and Young Adults and the Ecumenical Movement” presentation at the Ecumenical Luncheon, a “Night at the Museum” for young adults and singles/night owls, and much, much more.
Annual Conference registration and housing open online Feb. 22(February 8, 2012)
In an announcement from the Conference Office, on Feb. 22 general registration and housing reservations open online for the 2012 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, to be held on July 7-11 in St. Louis, Mo. The registration site for the Conference is www.brethren.org/ac .
Ministry Office sponsors series of sessions on women in leadership(February 8, 2012)
The Church of the Brethren’s Ministry Office, in cooperation with the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership and Bethany Theological Seminary, has put together a series of sessions on women in leadership for the 2012 Annual Conference.
Brethren bits for Feb. 8, 2012(February 8, 2012)
Brethren bits for Feb. 8 include a remembrance for a longtime volunteer at the Brethren Service Center, news of a new chaplain for Fahrney-Keedy, job openings at On Earth Peace and Camp Peaceful Pines, a young adult opportunity at the World Council of Churches, the Senior High Roundtable at Bridgewater plus more college news, anniversaries, a new “Brethren Voices,” and more.
Deacon Ministry offers pre-Conference workshops(February 8, 2012)
Two deacon training workshops will be held in St. Louis on Saturday, July 7, prior to the start of the 2012 Annual Conference. The workshops are sponsored by the Church of the Brethren Deacon Ministry, a part of Congregational Life Ministries. Both workshops will be held in the America’s Center convention center, Room 122.
One Great Hour of Sharing offering scheduled for March 18(February 8, 2012)
“And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8). The theme for the 2012 One Great Hour of Sharing offering continues to be “Sharing Brings Joy,” with a focus this year on sharing joy with others.
Vision Statement coming to Annual Conference is available online(February 8, 2012)
The Vision Statement for the Church of the Brethren, slated for consideration at the 2012 Annual Conference in July, is now available for inspection and review on the Conference website. That was one of the actions taken by a committee charged with interpreting and presenting the statement to the Conference delegates.
New schedule announced for ministers event led by Brueggemann(February 8, 2012)
The Ministers’ Association has issued a new schedule for its pre-Conference two-day learning event featuring Walter Brueggemann, July 6-7 in St. Louis. Brueggemann, a renowned Old Testament scholar and author of over 50 books, will address the topic “Truth Speaks to Power” and the question, “How can the witness of the gospel be uttered and enacted in the midst of a public domain that now features immense concentrations of money, power, and control?”
‘Naked Anabaptist’ author Murray featured in upcoming webinar(February 7, 2012)
A one-day workshop and webinar titled “Changing World, Future Church, Ancient Paths” will be led by Stuart Murray Williams and Juliet Kilpin on March 10, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Pacific), or 12-6 p.m. (central). The event will address the question, “What does it mean to follow Jesus in a changing culture, in which the Christian story is no longer familiar and the church is on the margins?”
Children’s Disaster Services schedules Spring training workshops(February 6, 2012)
Several volunteer workshops are sponsored this March and April by Children’s Disaster Service (CDS), a ministry of the Church of the Brethren that cares for children and families following disasters through the work of trained and certified volunteers.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month(February 6, 2012)
There are many ways the church can respond to varied adverse conditions of children, not the least of which is when children are victims of abuse. Congregations are encouraged to observe Child Abuse Prevention Month during the month of April.
Hosler to serve as advocacy officer in joint appointment with NCC(February 2, 2012)
Nathan Hosler has accepted a position as advocacy officer with the Church of the Brethren, effective March 1. Located in Washington, D.C., this is a shared position with the National Council of Churches.