Newsline for June 18, 2021

NEWS
1) Annual Conference log-ins are distributed to registered participants, trainings and tech support available
2) Online reception will recognize and welcome new church fellowships and projects
3) Online event for clergywomen on July 22 takes place of usual breakfast at Annual Conference
4) ‘Always With Us’ book study considers what Jesus really said about the poor

PERSONNEL
5) Trent Turner concludes work with the Church of the Brethren Material Resources

RESOURCE
6) ‘We celebrate and give thanks to God’: NCC shares Juneteenth responsive reading

7) Brethren bits: Prayer for 600,000 deaths to COVID-19, daily coverage of Annual Conference begins June 30 at www.brethren.org, memorial service for Lois Neher, opening on the Young Adult Steering Committee, letter on ending solitary confinement, updated submission information for Messenger, new endowed scholarship honors W. Clemens Rosenberger, Womaen’s Caucus is “Refreshed at 50,” and more

Brethren bits for June 18, 2021

In this issue: Prayer for 600,000 deaths to COVID-19, daily coverage of Annual Conference begins June 30 at www.brethren.org, memorial service for Lois Neher, opening on the Young Adult Steering Committee, letter on ending solitary confinement, updated submission information for Messenger, new endowed scholarship honors W. Clemens Rosenberger, Womaen’s Caucus is “Refreshed at 50,” and more news by, for, and about Brethren.

‘Always With Us’ book study considers what Jesus really said about the poor

One sentence from the Gospels is used to justify poverty–but is that what Jesus meant in the story of the woman anointing him? About 20 Brethren and non-Brethren spent 10 weeks studying scripture and the book Always With Us? What Jesus Really Said about the Poor by Liz Theoharis, exploring Jesus’ context, and what position Jesus held in his own society. (Spoiler: he was poor.)

Online event for clergywomen on July 22 takes place of usual breakfast at Annual Conference

The Office of Ministry is sponsoring a virtual version of the traditional in-person Clergywomen’s Annual Conference event in the form of a July 22 online “brunch” at 12 noon (Eastern time). Joelle Hathaway, assistant professor of theological studies at Bethany Theological Seminary, will speak on the theme “Poetry and the Spiritual Imagination.”

Online reception will recognize and welcome new church fellowships and projects

A virtual recognition of new church fellowships and projects in the Church of the Brethren is planned as a pre-Annual Conference event on Sunday, June 27, at 6-7 p.m. (Eastern time). The event is open to the denomination, and is in place of the recognition breakfast usually held at in-person Annual Conferences.

Newsline for June 11, 2021

NEWS
1) Disaster grants help families displaced by eruption of Mt. Nyiragongo, survivors of Hurricanes Iota and Eta in Honduras

2) Two camps and a congregation receive grants from the Brethren Faith in Action Fund

UPCOMING EVENTS
3) Annual Conference registration is still open

4) ‘How to do Annual Conference online’ trainings are offered

5) Brethren bits: Prayer for Annual Conference, remembering Kenneth Frantz, young adult Zoom call, “The Fire This Time” from Christianity Today, news from congregations and districts, and more

Brethren bits for June 11, 2021

In this issue: Prayer for Annual Conference, remembering Kenneth Frantz, young adult Zoom call, “The Fire This Time” from Christianity Today, news from congregations and districts, and more