Brethren Disaster Relief Auction Gives Half Million Dollars for Nigeria Relief

After a special request for support of the Nigeria Crisis Response, the Brethren Disaster Relief Auction board has allocated $500,000 to the Church of the Brethren Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) which is administered by Brethren Disaster Ministries. This is the auction’s largest grant ever to the EDF and the disaster relief work of the Church of the Brethren.

Newsline for Dec. 22, 2014

NEWS 1) Brethren Disaster Relief Auction gives half million dollars for Nigeria relief 2) Brethren Disaster Ministries leader returns from trip to Nigeria, reports on EYN progress in midst of crisis 3) US and Cuban councils of churches issue joint statement UPCOMING EVENTS: 4) Webinar series takes a look at ‘family matters’ 5) Brethren bits

Brethren Bits for Dec. 22, 2014

In this issue: Important e-mail sent to pastors and church board chairs about IRS changes for church employees, remembering Mary Petre and Sam Smith, personnel notice from Bethany, Juniata seeks director for Baker Institute, denomination seeks donor relations program assistant, registration opens soon for Annual Conference and other 2015 events, applications due for Ministry Summer Service and Youth Peace Travel Team, youth ministry and clergy tax webinars

Webinar Series Takes a Look at ‘Family Matters’

A webinar series titled “Family Matters” is offered by the Church of the Brethren Congregational Life Ministries and partners in the United Kingdom. Although the initial webinar in the series has already taken place, “Family Matters” webinars will continue in 2015 with one offered each month from January through May.

Brethren Disaster Ministries Leader Returns from Trip to Nigeria, Reports on EYN Progress in Midst of Crisis

How can we find ways to find hope in this crisis in Nigeria? The core leadership of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) is safely settling into temporary homes and establishing an annex or temporary headquarters for the church. In our many meetings with EYN leadership the challenge is clearly daunting, but we found time to laugh and rejoice in God.

US and Cuban Councils of Churches Issue Joint Statement

In the wake of last Wednesday’s announcement of President Obama’s intentions to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba, which would end a half century political stand off between the two nations, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) and the Cuban Council of Churches issued a joint statement expressing “great joy and celebration.” Following is the full statement, as published in a press release from the NCC:

Newsline for Dec. 10, 2014

NEWS: 1) Church of the Brethren general secretary attends launch of Ecumenical Peace Advocacy Network.
PERSONNEL: 2) Jocelyn Snyder to coordinate orientation for Brethren Volunteer Service. UPCOMING EVENTS: 3) Children’s Disaster Services workshops offer training opportunities. 4) Brethren Academy updates course list for 2015. FEATURES: 5) The Pastor’s Study: Leaning into the Light. 6) Iraqi Kurdistan: Project ‘Bringing Hope and Fun’ begins in Arbat IDP camp. 7) Brethren bits.

Brethren Academy Updates Course List for 2015

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership has issued an updated list of courses for 2015. The Brethren Academy is a partnership of the Church of the Brethren and Bethany Theological Seminary.