The August issue of “Basin and Towel,” a magazine produced by the Congregational Life Ministries of the Church of the Brethren, focuses on “The Issue of Peace.” The staff hope to encourage a new congregational focus on “something that often is overlooked as a basic tenet of the Church of the Brethren,” said editor and Deacon Ministry director Donna Kline.
“I’m particularly excited about this issue not just because of the theme, but also because of the type of articles,” Kline added.
— Marilyn Lerch, coordinator of TRIM and EFSM for the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, writing on pastoral responses to acts of violence and terrorism, coming out of her experience of ministry following the shootings at Virginia Tech.
— Barbara Daté, a member of the Intercultural Advisory Group, writing on conflict resolution from her experience as the founder of the Daté Discernment Circle process.
— Kathy Reid, a former executive of the Association of Brethren Caregivers and currently director of a domestic violence shelter in Waco, Texas, writing on inter-relational peace and domestic violence.
— Advice from a teacher on how to deal with bullying in social media.
— Bill Kilgore of Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren in Fort Wayne, Ind., writing about conscientious objection as a former member of ROTC who then became a CO.
— Alan Kahler writing on the long-term effects of violence on individuals and families, based on his family’s experience after his brother, Dean Kahler, was one of the passersby who were injured in the shooting at Kent State.
Order a copy of the August issue of “Basin and Towel” for $4 or subscribe for the annual fee of $12 (for an individual subscription; congregational subscriptions are also available) by contacting Diane Stroyeck at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-323-8039 ext. 327. Bonus materials for this issue also will be available at www.brethren.org/basintowel .