Office of Peacebuilding and Policy

“A Witness of the Church of the Brethren”

Our public witness is larger than legislative advocacy. Public witness points to working to find coherence between congregation life, service, advocating on policy, and questioning the values that undergird our politics.

We have been reconciled and have been given a ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18). As disciples of Jesus called to go out and make disciples we are called to embodied reconciliation.

In Romans 12 we see the call to be personally transformed and embody and bear witness to the peace we have received. The Church of the Brethren’s Office of Public witness is “seeking to live the peace of Jesus publicly by educating on issues and peace theology, organizing Church of the Brethren members and congregations to take action, and advocating on Capitol Hill around issues of concern for the denomination.

Policy and prayer

2017/8 Update - one page description of OPP work

Messenger article on advocacy

Peace news


April 4 events mark 50 years since death of Martin Luther King Jr.
(April 7, 2018)
The Church of the Brethren was represented at the “A.C.T.--Awaken, Confront, Transform--to End Racism” rally in Washington, D.C., on April 4 by Gimbiya Kettering, director of Intercultural Ministries. Also in attendance were Tori Bateman of the Office of Peacebuilding and Policy and the denomination’s representative to the United Nations, Doris Abdullah, along with other church members from various parts of the country.
Leadership Team issues call to Christ-like discourse
(March 23, 2018)
The Leadership Team of the Church of the Brethren has issued a letter calling for Christ-like discourse at this time in the life of the church. The Leadership Team of the denomination includes the general secretary, the Annual Conference officers, a representative of the Council of District Executives, and the director of the Annual Conference office.
Office of Peacebuilding and Policy director signs letter on militarization of Middle East
(March 23, 2018)
Nathan Hosler, director of the Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy in Washington, D.C., was one of the ecumenical leaders to sign a letter on the militarization of the Middle East. Some 15 Christian leaders signed the letter, dated March 14, that was sent to members of Congress.
‘Lukewarm No More’ calls for repentance and action on gun violence
(March 13, 2018)
The Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren adopted a statement on gun violence at its spring meetings held at the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill., on March 9-12. The statement was initiated by staff of Global Mission and Service, and quotes from the Bible and previous Annual Conference statements in its call to the wider church.
Boko Haram attacks, abductions affect Nigerian Brethren
(March 9, 2018)
A thanksgiving service to celebrate the release of 10 women--including two members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria)--who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram in June 2017 is planned this Sunday in Maiduguri, Nigeria. The service is planned by the EYN Maiduguri congregation and the Mdurvwa family.
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