Office of Public Witness

“Seeking to Live the Peace of Jesus Publicly”

Christian Minority Communities seminar March 2

Listen to our podcasts on community gardens

Action Alerts

Human Rights Day - Take action on drone warfare

Support our DACA recipients

Nigeria briefing

Good Friday: The 3rd anniversary of the Chibok abduction

A call to act on Earth Day and beyond

1000 days for the Chibok girls

Lift up the voices of our Nigerian brothers and sisters

Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge


Office of Public Witness blog posts

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.

Peace news

Christian Churches Together holds forum on ‘the persecuted church’
(March 17, 2017)
More than 40 leaders from Christian Churches Together (CCT) joined a forum in Newark, N.J., on March 2-3 to discuss the ongoing persecution of Christians around the globe. I was invited to speak on behalf of the Church of the Brethren regarding the impact of Boko Haram on the Christian community in Nigeria.
Please help them: Reflection of a Latino Brethren
(March 17, 2017)
The result of the presidential election and the politics in regards to immigration issues has impacted America in so many ways. Being a Latino pastor in a country where the Latino population reaches close to 60 million people gives me the opportunity to not only share the gospel in Spanish, but also to be concerned with the issues that affect my community.
Church of the Brethren members invited to Oregon Senate for key vote
(February 25, 2017)
Florence Daté Smith and her daughter Barbara Daté on Feb. 16 were among at least 17 Japanese-Americans invited to sit on the chamber floor of the Oregon State Senate for a vote unanimously approving Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 14. The resolution recognizes the historical significance of Feb. 19, 1942, the date President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed executive order 9066 setting in motion the internment of some 120,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Intercultural Ministry seeks to connect with churches in ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions
(February 25, 2017)
A letter from the Church of the Brethren Intercultural Ministry, signed by director Gimbiya Kettering, is part of a new effort to connect with congregations located in areas considered to be “sanctuary” jurisdictions across the country.
Nigeria Crisis Response volunteers visit rebuilt church, IDP camp in Maiduguri
(February 18, 2017)
On Feb. 9, John and I visited the Wulari EYN Maiduguri church of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) in the large northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri. We met the EYN HIV/AIDS Project staff, and met the new pastor Joseph T. Kwaha. The church was rebuilt in 2015 after it was bombed by Boko Haram and totally destroyed in June 2009. We also visited the EYN IDP camp of 8,000 displaced persons located nearby on an old church compound.
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