Newsline for March 29, 2006

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1) Bethany Theological Seminary president Eugene F. Roop announces retirement at Board of Trustees meeting.
2) Association of Brethren Caregivers Board approves new ADA resolution.
3) Brethren from all districts trained to facilitate `Together’ conversations.
4) Disaster Child Care celebrates training experience.
5) Survey will help Education for Shared Ministry evaluate its work.
6) Brethren bits: Job opening, Annual Conference, and more.


7) Jesus Jubilee program refreshes Nigerian congregations and pastors.

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1) Bethany Theological Seminary president Eugene F. Roop announces retirement at Board of Trustees meeting.

Bethany Theological Seminary President Eugene F. Roop announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2007, at the March 24-26 meeting of the seminary’s Board of Trustees. Roop has served as Bethany’s president since 1992.

Board chair Anne Murray Reid of Roanoke, Va., shared the announcement with the Bethany community. “The board accepts Dr. Roop’s announcement with regret, and with deep appreciation for the 15 years of dedicated service he has given to this Brethren institution,” she said.

Roop led the seminary through several major transitions and accomplishments, including a move from Oak Brook, Ill., to Richmond, Ind., in 1994, and an affiliation with Earlham School of Religion. With the sale of Bethany’s Illinois property and the establishment of prudent financial practices, the seminary retired all debt and built a significant endowment. The current $15.5 million financial campaign, “Inspired by the Spirit–Educating for Ministry,” has added additional financial strength. Bethany met the initial goal of the campaign in Sept. 2005, and projections indicate that by the campaign’s conclusion on June 30, the total may top $17 million.

All of the current fulltime teaching and administrative faculty members joined Bethany’s staff during Roop’s tenure. Among the programs developed during his years as president were an educational partnership with Earlham School of Religion; Connections, a distributed education program; the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, a non-graduate level ministry training program administered in partnership with the Church of the Brethren General Board; Bethany’s Institute for Ministry with Youth and Young Adults; Ministry Formation, a distinctive design to the Master of Divinity program in partnership with church congregations and agencies; Cross-Cultural Bank, a program to help finance a cross-cultural study for Bethany students; and off-site graduate courses hosted at the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center in Pennsylvania.

Roop is a graduate of Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind.; Bethany Theological Seminary; and Claremont (Calif.) Graduate University. In 2001 he was awarded a D.D. “honora causa” from Manchester College. Roop began his theological teaching at Earlham School of Religion in 1970. His career at Bethany began in 1977 as associate professor of Biblical Studies. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including “Living the Biblical Story” and two commentaries in the Believer’s Church Commentary series: “Genesis” and “Ruth, Jonah and Esther.” He was a significant contributor to “Bethany Theological Seminary: A Centennial History,” published in 2005.

Board of Trustees member Carol Scheppard of Bridgewater, Va., will chair the search committee for a new president. The committee will open a search in late spring, reviewing candidates until an appointment is made, with the hope of bringing a candidate for board approval in March 2007. The committee anticipates that the new president will take office July 1, 2007. Other search committee members are board members Jim Dodson, Connie Rutt, and Philip Stone, Jr.; Ed Poling, pastor of Hagerstown (Md.) Church of the Brethren; Elizabeth Keller, Bethany student; and Bethany faculty members Stephen Breck Reid and Russell Haitch.

In other business:
  • The board expressed appreciation to people who are retiring or completing their service to the seminary including board member Ron Wyrick of Harrisonburg, Va., who completes his service on June 30; Theresa Eshbach, who retires June 30 having served as executive director of Institutional Advancement from 1993-2004 and part-time advancement associate 2004-06; Becky Muhl, accounting specialist, who joined the staff in 1994 and retires Aug. 31; and Warren Eshbach, retiring as director of the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center this summer.
  • The board unveiled the seminary’s new logo. This is the first design change since 1963, when the previous logo was created to mark the seminary’s move to its former location in Oak Brook, Ill. “Consistent with Bethany’s mission to educate witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the cross is prominent at the center of the logo, arising from baptismal waters and rehearsed in the practice of foot washing,” said a release from the seminary. “The bottom perimeter of the symbol suggests a circle, not closed but open to light from above and new voices from beyond. At the bottom of the waters is a fish, the symbol early Christians used to express their commitment to Jesus Christ, the son of God. Atop the waters is a form which…as a book, denotes both Bethany’s biblical foundation and striving for academic excellence. As a dove, the lines lift up both the dove of divine presence at baptism and the dove of peace.” Creation of the logo was a part of the seminary’s institutional identity project, developed under the direction of Hafenbrack Marketing of Miamisburg, Ohio.
  • The board called leadership for the 2006-07 academic year: Anne Reid will continue as chair and Ray Donadio as vice chair. Frances Beam of Concord, N.C., will serve as secretary. Ted Flory of Bridgewater, Va., will chair the Academic Affairs Committee; Connie Rutt of Quarryville, Pa., will chair the Institutional Advancement Committee; and Jim Dodson of Lexington, Ky., will chair the Student and Business Affairs Committee.
  • The board approved a $2.15 million operating budget for 2006-07 fiscal year and approved 11 candidates for graduation.

For more information go to http://www.bethanyseminary.edu/.


2) Association of Brethren Caregivers Board approves new ADA resolution.

The Association of Brethren Caregivers (ABC) Board has moved forward with plans to present a new resolution regarding the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) to Annual Conference delegates. The decision took place during board meetings March 24-26 at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. The ABC Board approved a statement calling for congregations to recommit themselves to the goals of the ADA.

The resolution, titled “Commitment to Accessibility and Inclusion Resolution,” urges congregations, agencies, and gatherings of the Church of the Brethren to enable all activities to be accessible so that “all may worship, serve, be served, learn, and grow in the presence of God as valued members of the Christian community.”

The resolution encourages these same groups to examine physical and attitudinal barriers that prevent people with disabilities from participating fully; to make a commitment that all existing and future denominational offices be modified or designed to follow the guidelines of the ADA; and to request that ABC continue to make resources available to assist in fulfilling these commitments.

“Even though our denomination has worked intentionally to allow people with disabilities to more readily worship within our buildings, this newest resolution points out that more work is still needed to ensure that people with disabilities are incorporated into the fabric of our church,” said Kathy Reid, ABC executive director and staff for the Disabilities Ministry. The Disabilities Ministry drafted the resolution and brought it to the ABC Board for approval.

The ABC Board also heard from three representatives it appointed to the Governing Council of Advocate Bethany, a Chicago hospital that began in conjunction with Bethany Theological Seminary when it was located in Chicago. Advocate Bethany plans to become a specialty hospital providing longterm acute care, a move that has been scrutinized in Chicago-area newspapers since it was announced in January.

John Cassel and Janine Katonah, both of York Center Church of the Brethren in Lombard, Ill., and Jan Lugibihl, executive director of Bethany Brethren Community Center based at First Church of the Brethren in Chicago, serve on the Governing Council since being appointed by ABC as representatives of the Church of the Brethren. Their presentation identified that Advocate Bethany has not been utilized fully by those in the neighborhood and that its move toward becoming a specialty hospital for longterm acute care is a needed by other area hospitals.

In other business, the board:

  • Participated in a board development session led by Jeff Shireman, CEO of Lebanon Valley Brethren Home in Palmyra, Pa., that explored the “Green House” model of care offering de-institutionalized care where groups of 10-12 residents live in an independent home.
  • Learned of several joint projects involving the Fellowship of Brethren Homes and the Peace Church Initiatives, a nonprofit corporation that is an outgrowth of the collaboration between ABC, Friends Services for the Aging, and Mennonite Health Services Alliance. The programs include a new venture in offering longterm care insurance for the denomination and anyone associated with the homes.
  • Learned that some ABC staff members have been trained to lead a series of board development seminars, “Called to God’s Work.” These training modules are available to all boards of churches, districts, and agencies of the denomination.
  • Heard reports about ABC ministries including upcoming events: National Older Adult Conference Sept. 4-8 at Lake Junaluska (N.C.) Assembly, and the Annual Forum for CEOs and staff of Brethren Retirement Centers on May 4-6 at the Cedars of McPherson, Kan.
  • Recognized the contributions of Scott Douglas, who resigned as director of Older Adult Ministry effective June 1.

The March meetings were the first for new board members Tammy Kiser of Dayton, Va., Bill Cave of Palmyra, Pa., and Marilyn Bussey of Roanoke, Va. Another new board member, John Kinsel of Beavercreek, Ohio, was unable to attend.

For more information about the Association of Brethren Caregivers go to www.brethren.org/abc.


3) Brethren from all districts trained to facilitate `Together’ conversations.

“It was the best of being church,” said Kathy Reid of the training event for “Together: Conversations on Being the Church.” Reid is executive director of the Association of Brethren Caregivers, and has been on the planning committee for the Together conversations. “This experience was everything I hoped for,” she said.

The training Feb. 24-26 at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., brought more than 140 people from across the denomination to talk about what it means to be the church, in preparation for facilitating and leading conversations in their own areas. Participants included representatives of all 23 Church of the Brethren districts, the district representatives to Standing Committee, district executives, and representatives of the five Annual Conference agencies.

The training was led by Lisa M. Hess and Brian D. Maguire. The married couple, who are ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), will serve as leaders for the Together conversations to take place at Annual Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, July 1-5. Hess teaches practical theology (ecclesiology, ministry formation, leadership development, and Christian education) at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio; Maguire is pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio.

A new Together study guide and DVD published by Brethren Press was used to help spark conversation in small groups at the training. The guide is the primary Together tool, providing a flexible plan for groups to worship, learn, listen, pray, and reflect, and includes background reading, conversation questions, and worship suggestions. The training schedule included a practice or run-through of what a Together conversation might look like in a congregational, district, or regional setting, using the guide written by James L. Benedict, pastor of Union Bridge (Md.) Church of the Brethren.

The study guide is available from Brethren Press for $4.95 each, and the accompanying DVD for $4.95 each, plus shipping and handling (order one guide for each group participant and leader; the companion DVD contains supplemental images for two of the sessions–order one DVD for each congregation or group). Call 800-441-3712.

In addition, participants also worshiped together and met for Bible study and to plan Together conversations in their own areas. “The design and details for continuing the process will be determined by the people from the individual districts present,” said Julie Hostetter in a communication with participants before the event. Hostetter, a former member of the General Board’s Congregational Life Teams, is on the planning team for Together and chaired the training event committee.

A “listening group” served as recorders of the conversations that took place. Three process observers from On Earth Peace offered feedback on the sessions.

Reid said that by the time the weekend was over, her small group representing widely different theological viewpoints and experiences of the church, had bonded. “We sang together, we laughed together, had way too much fun, and we cried together,” she said. The group of seven people included two men and five women, all from different districts, and denominational and district staff. They connected so well that they took a group picture to help them remember the experience, exchanged e-mail addresses, and have kept in touch since the training, Reid said. The group plans to meet again at Annual Conference.

The Together conversation was initiated in 2003 by a statement from the district executives identifying fragmentation in the Church of the Brethren and calling for conversation “concerning who, whose, and what we are.” Since then, a group of leaders and staff of Annual Conference agencies and representatives of the district executives have been planning a denomination-wide discussion. From its beginning, the broad intent of the work is to help bring about a renewal of the church.

The training event “was a good experience,” said Lerry Fogle, executive director of Annual Conference, “but one that needs to go beyond discussion of what it means to be the church, to being the Church. Hopefully that will occur in greater measure in the months and years ahead.”

The February training is the jumping-off point for Together conversations later this year and next at Annual Conference and in congregations, districts, and regional events. At the 2006 Conference, “the Annual Conference officers have provided four 30-minute sessions on Together that hold the possibility to broaden the discussion and spur us on to our God-ordained ministry,” Fogle said. Conference participants also are invited to a Saturday evening dinner meeting about Together, and a Tuesday evening insight session.

The Together process will culminate at Annual Conference 2007. For more information go to http://www.togetherconversations.org/ or http://www.conversacionesjuntos.org/.


4) Disaster Child Care celebrates training experience.

Shenandoah District and Montezuma Church of the Brethren in Dayton, Va., co-sponsored a Level I Disaster Child Care (DCC) Training Workshop on March 10-11. “This training event, organized by Patricia Black, was a huge success with 21 persons participating,” said Helen Stonesifer, coordinator of the program. DCC is a ministry of the Church of the Brethren General Board.

Leadership for the workshop was provided by Patricia Ronk of Roanoke, Va., and Donna Uhlig of New Enterprise, Pa. Both currently “wear several hats” with the DCC program, Stonesifer said. On Saturday, pairs of the trainees took turns standing on chairs and scolding their partners, who knelt on the floor. “We do that so they know how (the children) feel,” said Ronk. “Always put yourself in the child’s position.”

Taking part in Disaster Child Care “is something I feel very personally and spiritually about,” said Carol Yowell, a mother of three, who participated in the training. “I’ve been wanting to do this for some time now.” Once the participants successfully complete the DCC certification process, they will be equipped to serve children affected by disaster.

Another Level I Disaster Child Care Training Workshop scheduled to take place at Indian Creek Church of the Brethren in Harleysville, Pa., March 17-18, has been postponed and may be rescheduled for next year.

Stonesifer and DCC volunteers Jean Myers and Donald and Barbara Weaver also participated in a Camp Noah training in Minneapolis, Minn., last week. Camp Noah is a week long, faith-based day camp offered for elementary-age children and youth who have experienced disaster. The curriculum is based upon the Old Testament story of Noah’s Ark and the flood.

“Hearing this story and comparing themselves to it gives the children the platform to talk about the various phases and emotions of their own disaster experience,” Stonesifer reported. “Camp Noah and the Disaster Child Care program have the same interests at heart when it comes to helping children cope with disaster.”


5) Survey will help Education for Shared Ministry evaluate its work.

Since 1977, Education for a Shared Ministry (EFSM) has been equipping congregations and training pastors in the Church of the Brethren. The program is part of the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, a ministry training partnership of the Church of the Brethren General Board and Bethany Theological Seminary.

“As the training and leadership needs of our pastors and congregations continue to change, it is important to evaluate our current work and adapt for the future,” reported Brethren Academy director Jonathan Shively. “To that end the Brethren Academy is conducting an evaluation of the EFSM program.”

All current and past EFSM students, LIT group members, supervisors, district executive ministers, current and past denominational EFSM staff, and others who have had direct connections with EFSM are invited to participate in a brief online survey to evaluate the structure and overall effectiveness of the ministry training program. The online survey will be available April 3-21 at http://scs.earlham.edu/survey/index.php?sid=4.

Responses will be collected by an independent party and forwarded to the Brethren Academy for use in the evaluation process. Selected individuals may be contacted for further conversation.

“If you have experience at any level with EFSM, your input and responses will be greatly appreciated,” said Shively. Direct questions to the Brethren Academy at efsm@bethanyseminary.edu or 765-983-1824.


6) Brethren bits: Job opening, Annual Conference, and more.
  • The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC) is seeking applicants for the position of executive director. Applicants should have a deep commitment to Jesus Christ and be a member of the Church of the Brethren. The executive director is reportable and accountable to the Governing Board of SVMC and collaborates with the dean of Bethany Theological Seminary regarding Bethany’s graduate program offerings at SVMC. This is a part-time position. The SVMC office is located at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. Resumes are accepted until June 15. Applications and inquiries should be sent to Dr. Robert W. Neff, The Village at Morrison’s Cove, 429 S. Market St., Martinsburg PA 16662.
  • Planning continues for the move of the Annual Conference Office to the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. The move will take place the week of Aug. 21-25. The office will open for business in New Windsor on Monday, Aug. 28. Lerry Fogle, executive director of Annual Conference, reports that the address of the Annual Conference Office in New Windsor will be 500 Main Street, P. O. Box 720, New Windsor, MD, 21776-0720; 410-635-8740 (primary office number); 800-688-5186 (toll free); 410-635-8781 (executive director); fax 410-635-8742. All contact information will be published in the 2006 Church of the Brethren Yearbook.
  • An action alert from the Brethren Witness/Washington Office this week calls Brethren to contact their congressional representatives regarding two current pieces of legislation: immigration legislation being debated by the Senate, and a budget resolution being worked on by the House Budget Committee. The alert listed significant issues in the immigration legislation including “the 11-12 million undocumented workers currently in the United States could apply for a work visa, after paying back taxes and a penalty; …organizations and individuals providing humanitarian aid, such as food, clothing, shelter, and medical care, would be protected from prosecution; …doubling of the number of Border Patrol agents over five years and expanding fencing, although only in Arizona.” A bill passed by the Senate will have to be reconciled with the House’s enforcement-only immigration bill, the alert said. About the budget resolution in the House, the alert said that “harmful cuts” are expected for federal budget items such as food aid for seniors, young children, and mothers; education for the disadvantaged; and subsidized child care. For more information and congressional contact information go to the Brethren Witness/Washington Office website www.brethren.org/genbd/WitnessWashOffice.html.
  • The Brethren Witness/Washington Office is encouraging congregations to celebrate Earth Day 2006 on Sunday, April 19, or any Sunday near that date. Earth Day this year is Wednesday, April 22. “We are glad to introduce to Brethren congregations an excellent resource from the National Council of Churches (NCC) Eco-Justice Program,” the office said. “We hope you will use this resource to celebrate our earth and to draw attention to our critical challenge of caring for God’s creation.” The NCC resource, “Through the Eye of a Hurricane: Rebuilding Just Communities,” describes the devastation of the Gulf Coast region and issues of environmental justice and racism, toxic contamination, and consumer lifestyles. It provides background information, sermon notes, a bulletin insert, and study questions to plan a worship service dedicated to the Gulf Coast. Go to www.nccecojustice.org/Earth%20Day/index.html.
  • *Is your youth group looking for a great place to stop on the way back from National Youth Conference? Bethany Theological Seminary is offering TGIF (tours, games, information, and food) on July 29, from 2-9 p.m. Youth traveling home from NYC will be welcomed at Bethany’s Richmond, Ind., campus. For more information or to let the seminary know that a youth group will attend, contact Kathy Royer at 756-983-1832 or royerka@bethanyseminary.edu.
  • *Youth from the central and plains states will be at McPherson (Kan.) College this weekend, March 31-April 2, for Regional Youth Conference on the theme “Come and See.” Leadership includes the National Youth Conference coordinators Cindy Laprade, Beth Rhodes, and Emily Tyler as keynote speakers; and Seth Hendricks, a member of the band Mutual Kumquat, leading music. For more information contact 620-421-0742 ext. 1226 or replogles@mcpherson.edu.
  • This year’s theme for “Awakening Services” in the Roanoke and Botetourt areas of Virginia, in Virlina District, will be “Together: Envisioning the Body of Christ.” The theme follows the Together: Being the Church conversations that have begun across the Church of the Brethren. The services will be held at Hollins Road Church of the Brethren in Roanoke each evening April 2-5, with the message brought by David K. Shumate, Virlina District executive. Bible studies on the same theme will be held by several other congregations.
  • The spring tour of Bridgewater (Va.) College’s 49-voice Concert Choir, 24-voice Chorale, and student-directed Handbell Choir include several stops at Church of the Brethren congregations and other Brethren venues. Upcoming concerts in Brethren venues are scheduled at Oakton (Va.) Church of the Brethren at 11 a.m. April 9; Elizabethtown (Pa.) Church of the Brethren at 7:30 p.m. April 21; Camp Swatara in Bethel, Pa., at 2 p.m. on April 22; Lebanon Valley Brethren Home in Palmyra, Pa., at 7:30 p.m. April 22; Annville (Pa.) Church of the Brethren at 10:15 a.m. April 23; and the Carter Center at Bridgewater College at 7:30 p.m. April 23. The choir and chorale are conducted by Jesse E. Hopkins, Edwin L. Turner distinguished professor of music at Bridgewater. For more see http://www.bridgewater.edu/.
  • CrossRoads, the Valley Brethren and Mennonite Heritage Center in Harrisonburg, Va., is sponsoring two events in April: an Open House for the Breneman-Turner Mill on April 15, 1-5 p.m.; and an annual Easter Sunrise Service on April 16, 6:30 a.m., on the CrossRoads hilltop. The 200-year-old mill, which will soon be on the National Historic Register, is the only remaining pre-Civil War mill in Rockingham County still fully equipped with grist mill equipment. The public is invited to hear plans to restore and preserve the mill at the open house, which also will feature tours. The Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 711 Garbers Church Rd., sponsored by Harrisonburg First Church of the Brethren and Weavers Mennonite Church. Bring a lawn chair. In case of rain go to Weavers Mennonite Church. For more information see http://www.vbmhc.org/.
  • A Greater Gift (SERRV) Shop at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., will hold its annual Seconds and Overstock Sale on March 30-April 8, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The sale will be held in the SERRV warehouse. Textiles, pottery, jewelry, furniture and more are 75 percent off original prices. Artisans have received a fair trade wage before any merchandise is sold. No children are used in the production of food or craft items. For more information go to http://www.agreatergift.org/.
  • Valeria Fike, a Church of the Brethren member and librarian at College of DuPage Library in Glen Ellyn, Ill., is featured on the cover of “Library Journal” as the “Paraprofessional of the Year.” A lead article about her work as supervisor of reference support and College and Career Information Center services is written by John N. Berry III. Fike holds a master’s degree in theology from Bethany Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister.
7) Jesus Jubilee program refreshes Nigerian congregations and pastors.

Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN–the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has developed a congregational renewal program with the help of Robert Krouse, Nigeria mission coordinator for the Church of the Brethren General Board.

The program called Jesus Jubilee is a three-day event hosted by congregations on Friday through Sunday with the aim of stimulating the church’s growth and maturity of Christian discipleship. The program emphasizes identifying obstacles to spiritual growth, identifying stages of development a disciple must go through on the way to maturity in Christ, and developing a dynamic personal and corporate prayer life in the faith community.

Nearly 10,000 people have participate in Jesus Jubilee, and many congregations have requested a visit from the congregational renewal team. A similar program is being developed for EYN’s pastors and evangelists. An outgrowth of the effort has been the development of the EYN Office of Pastoral Development with Anthony Ndamsai serving as coordinator.

Krouse said that 66 pastors attended a first pastoral development seminar in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. Word spread and 258 pastors attended the second seminar held a month later. Since then, five seminars have been held in five different regions of EYN, giving every pastor an opportunity to attend. A second series of seminars is planned to run each month for five months, beginning in April and concluding in August.

Following is Krouse’s report of the beginnings of Jesus Jubilee:

“This project began as a field work assignment for Theological College of Northern Nigeria (TCNN) students. The students are required to do field work between the semester that ends in May and the next semester that begins in August. I had been meeting with EYN TCNN students every Tuesday for a time of prayer. Some EYN students who are concerned about EYN’s drift away from Brethren teachings and practice were part of the impetus that lead to this weekly prayer meeting.

“After several months of praying together, it seemed that God was calling us to go out to local congregations with a message of renewal. The idea of Jubilee came from Leviticus 25 where God calls the people of Israel to have a kind of spiritual house cleaning and renew their commitment to God and recommit themselves to the original covenant every 50 years. It seems that God understands our human tendency to forget who we are and how we are called to live.

“We decided that we could take the message of Jubilee to 10 congregations during the semester break, and we chose meeting places that were central in their districts and large enough so that members from other churches in the district could be invited to attend. A total of about 11,000 people attended the 10 weekends.

“Filibus Gwama, EYN president, attended the Jesus Jubilee weekend that took place at Hildi No. 1 church. …He ended up coming to all of the services. He said to me, `Everyone in EYN needs to receive this message. Our pastors and people have become weary from the hard lives they live, and God will use this ministry to refresh them.’”


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