News Archives September, 2011


Church of the Brethren announces layoffs from denominational staff (September 29, 2011)

Nine positions on the Church of the Brethren denominational staff have been cut as part of balancing the 2012 budget. The layoffs follow a new management structure for staff announced in August by general secretary Stan Noffsinger. Read more »


Day of prayer for peace brings communities together (September 21, 2011)

Today the International Day of Prayer for Peace (IDPP) observance takes place around the world, as an initiative of the World Council of Churches. On Earth Peace is holding its annual IDPP campaign this year with the goal of involving 200 congregations and groups on the theme, "Seek the Peace of the City." Read more »


Order Advent Devotional by Oct. 1 to receive discounted price (September 21, 2011)

The 2011 Advent Devotional from Brethren Press is now available at pre-production prices. The devotional on the theme "In the Beginning Was the Word," written by David W. Miller, offers a devotion, scripture reading, and prayer for each day of Advent. Read more »


Brueggemann to preach for 2012 Annual Conference (September 21, 2011)

Preachers, worship leaders, and music leadership for the daily worship services at the 2012 Annual Conference have been announced. The 2012 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren takes place in St. Louis, Mo., on July 7-11 next year. Renowned Lutheran scholar, preacher, and writer Walter Brueggemann will speak for the opening worship service of the Conference. Read more »


Brethren representative attends UN conference in Bonn (September 21, 2011)

Church of the Brethren representative to the United Nations, Doris Abdullah, earlier this month attended a conference for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on the topic "Sustainable Societies, Responsive Citizens: Commit-Encourage-Volunteer." Read more »


Newsline for Sept. 21, 2011 (September 21, 2011)

This week's issue includes news of the International Day of Prayer for Peace bringing communities together, a Peace Prayer Wall posted by the World Council of Churches, a presentation by a WCC leader on peace and justice, upcoming events including preachers for the 2012 Annual Conference and the next Brethren webinar, order info for the Advent Devotional from Brethren Press, a report from the Brethren representative to the UN, and more "Brethren bits." Read more »


Brethren in the News - Sept. 20, 2011 (September 20, 2011)

A listing of and links to recent online news stories about Brethren individuals, congregations, groups, and activities. Read more »


Brethren affected by flooding in Pennsylvania (September 14, 2011)

Brethren Disaster Ministries staff have been in communication with Brethren districts and churches in Pennsylvania, following the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee. The BDM office is urging individuals who are affected to apply for FEMA assistance in the Pennsylvania counties where they are eligible. Read more »


Newsline Special: Update on church responses to disasters, hunger (September 14, 2011)

A report on Church of the Brethren responses to recent disasters in the northeast, including Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, along with a new hunger effort, and more. Read more »


Americans living in poverty reach record levels (September 14, 2011)

Data released yesterday by the US Census Bureau reveals that nearly 46.2 million Americans now live in poverty, an increase of 2.6 million people since 2009 and the highest figures on record. The poverty rate for children under 18 increased to 22 percent (over 16.4 million children) in 2010. Among children under 5, the poverty rate increased to 25.9 percent (over 5.4 million children). Read more »


Congregations encouraged to engage in anti-hunger action this fall (September 14, 2011)

The general secretary of the Church of the Brethren, Stan Noffsinger, has sent a letter to each congregation in the denomination encouraging each to engage in some new and specific hunger action during this harvest season. The new effort is sponsored by the church’s Global Food Crisis Fund and the advocacy and peace witness office in Washington, D.C. Read more »


Brethren in the News (September 12, 2011)

A listing of recent online news stories highlighting Brethren individuals, congregations, and groups from across the country. News stories from the month, as of Sept. 12, 2011. Read more »


Newsline - September 9, 2011 (September 9, 2011)

Church of the Brethren Ministries responds to Hurricane Irene; Youth and Young Adult steering committee announced; International Day of Prayer; Bridgewater College Summit to explore future of economy and education in U.S.; personnel news; ConocoPhillips commits to indigenous peoples’ rights with support from BBT; Remembering and renewing the work for peace in Hiroshima; upcoming events; and more. Read more »


Today at NOAC - Friday, Sept. 9, 2011 (September 9, 2011)

An overview of the closing day of the Church of the Brethren's 2011 National Older Adult Conference in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Read more »


Today at NOAC - Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 (September 8, 2011)

An overview of the day at National Older Adult Conference in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Read more »


We need multiple Samaritans on our modern Jericho Roads (September 7, 2011)

Curtis W. Dubble and David E. Fuchs MD sat down together in front of NOAC on Wednesday morning to tell the touching and powerful story of the Dubble family's experience as Curtis' late wife Anna Mary suffered brain damage following a heart attack. Read more »


Today at NOAC - Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 (September 7, 2011)

An overview of the day at National Older Adult Conference, on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. The event is being held in Lake Junaluska, N.C., sponsored by the Church of the Brethren's older adult ministry. Read more »


'Behold I make all things new': A reading for worship by Deanna Brown (September 7, 2011)

Deanna Brown's choral reading for the Wednesday evening worship service at National Older Adult Conference was an instant hit with NOAC. The reading for three voices was given by Brown along with Tana Durnbaugh and Frank Ramirez. Read more »


It's not easy being a tree planted by the water (September 6, 2011)

NOAC keynote speaker Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, who spoke on Tuesday morning, Sept. 6, talked to the older adult audience about the benefits of stability in an ever changing world. Read more »


Today at NOAC - Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 (September 6, 2011)

A review of the 2nd day of the 2011 National Older Adult Conference, held in Lake Junaluska, N.C., sponsored by the Church of the Brethren's Congregational Life Ministries and Caring Ministries. Read more »


'Leave your bags behind' in Bible study (September 6, 2011)

National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) Bible study leader Lani Wright urged the gathering to "leave your bags behind" when entering into study of the scriptures. Wright is leading the three morning Bible studies for NOAC 2011. Read more »


Today at NOAC - Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 (September 5, 2011)

News from the opening day of National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) 2011. The conference started with worship on the evening of Monday, Sept. 5, in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Read more »


Founders of Dayton peace museum are among the faces in the crowd at NOAC (September 5, 2011)

Ralph and Chris Dull, founders of the Dayton (Ohio) peace museum, are among the faces in the crowd at NOAC 2011. Read more »