Courtesy of Stuart Murray Williams A webinar titled, “Living the Biblical Vision of a Multi-Voiced Church,” will be offered in January as a collaborative resource from the Church of the Brethren’s Congregational Life Ministries and the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. The webinar will take place in two parts: — Webinar 1, “Monologue or Multi-Voiced
Church of the Brethren leaders have returned from an ecumenical delegation to Israel and Palestine with a renewed commitment to a place sacred to the Brethren faith tradition, and a call for the expression of love to all the people involved in the violent struggles ongoing in the Middle East. In an interview made after their return to the US, general secretary Stan Noffsinger and associate general secretary Mary Jo Flory-Steury commented on their experience.
In this Brethren bits: new personnel at Fahrney-Keedy, openings for a chaplain and curriculum writers, a new prayer resource focused on missions, registration opening dates for Brethren events in 2013, NCC announcement of an action day on gun violence, and much more news from and for Brethren.
Bethany Theological Seminary will hold its fifth Presidential Forum on April 5 and 6, 2013, at the Bethany campus in Richmond, Ind. The forum’s theme, “The Bible in Our Bones: Telling and Living the Stories of Our Faith,” invites all to encounter God’s word with fresh eyes and to live and share its life-giving messages with insight and integrity. Scholars, storytellers, artists, and other ministerial leaders will guide this exploration of biblical story through worship, instruction, and reflection.
1) Delegation learns about sensitivities in the Holy Land, calls for continued work for two-state solution. 2) National Youth Cabinet is announced for 2013-14. 3) Save the date for next deacon training events, says Deacon Ministry. 4) Stuart Murray Williams to lead webinar on ‘Living the Biblical Vision.’ 5) Fifth Presidential Forum to be held at Bethany Seminary. 6) Brethren bits.
The Church of the Brethren’s National Youth Cabinet for 2013-14 has been announced by the Youth and Young Adult Ministry office.
“It’s not too late, save the date,” reminds the Church of the Brethren’s Deacon Ministry office. Just a few days remain before registration ends for the first deacon training event of 2013.
1) Brethren leaders send letter of support to the people of Newtown. 2) National Council of Churches press conference calls for meaningful action on guns. 3) NCC asks churches to ring bells for Newtown victims, support January action day on gun violence. 4) NCC provides resources for churches to address gun violence and aftermath. 5) Prayer, new carol text are written by Brethren pastors after tragedy.
The National Council of Churches (NCC) is inviting the nearly 100,000 churches related to its member communions to ring church bells the morning of Friday, Dec. 21, to mark one week since 20 children and six adults were killed by a gunman in a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.
In a call made from Jerusalem Dec. 14, Church of the Brethren general secretary Stanley Noffsinger expressed his deep sorrow upon hearing the news of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The news reached him while he and other Brethren leaders were on a delegation to the Middle East. Noffsinger and the delegation has sent a letter to the people of Newtown.