On Nov. 23, members of the faith community, the press, and the government came together in Washington, D.C., for the release of Bread for the World’s 2016 Hunger Report. During this event, panels of medical professionals, leaders of government agencies, and activists who have experienced hunger firsthand spoke on the report’s theme: “The Nourishing Effect: Ending Hunger, Improving Health, Reducing Inequality.” Staff from the Church of the Brethren Office of Public Witness was present to support the work of Bread for the World.
John Ballinger has announced his resignation as district executive minister of the Church of the Brethren’s Northern Ohio District, effective Feb. 13, 2016. He has served the district for almost 13 years, since Feb. 1, 2003.
he Christian Citizenship Seminar to be held next year on April 23-28, 2016, will focus on the theme, “Proclaiming Freedom: The Racial Injustice of Mass Incarceration.” The theme scripture is taken from Hebrews 13:3, “Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.”
1) EDF grants support rebuilding project in Colorado, PAG in Honduras
2) Outdoor Ministries Association retreat considers ‘Seeds of Change’
3) Bread for the World issues annual hunger report
4) Christians gather amid UN talks to pray for Creation at Notre Dame in Paris
5) John Ballinger resigns from leadership of Northern Ohio District
6) Paynes resign as co-executives for Southeastern District
7) Racial injustice and mass incarceration will be focus of CCS 2016
8) Brethren bits
The Brethren Disaster Ministries staff have directed two recent grants from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to support continued rebuilding work at a project site in Colorado, and a response by PAG to flooding in Honduras.
Every year in mid-November, those engaged and interested in Church of the Brethren outdoor ministries gather for a conference and retreat. Camp managers, administrators, program coordinators, board members, and those who love and support outdoor ministries come together for a week of sharing, learning, and enjoying each other’s company, and of course, the great outdoors.
In this issue: Personnel notes, job openings at church agencies, a change for Annual Conference registration in 2016, a letter to Congress urging support for the US refugee resettlement program, a new ministry of Dunker Punks Podcasts, an NCC statement, “Keep Our Elections Free from Hateful Rhetoric,” and the comment “Goats have accents. Who knew?” from Ted & Co., among other news by, for, and about Brethren.
Global Mission and Service staff have made a trip to Nigeria to meet with Nigerian Brethren leadership and mission partners, and to assess the Nigeria Crisis Response. They attended meetings and visited various sites with Nigerian Brethren leaders.
1) Brethren staff visit Nigeria, assess crisis response with EYN and mission partners 2) NCC issues statement on recent Middle East violence and acts of terrorism 3) Your voice is needed on behalf of refugees: An action alert from the Office of Public Witness 4) Church of the Brethren gardener is honored as a Purpose Prize Fellow 5) Lancaster County church stands with Nigerian terror victim 6) Share the light of Advent through Shine 7) Brethren bits
The theme is based on Matthew 5:1-12 and 25:33-45… If we want to call ourselves Christians, to just be Christians, then we must model our lives and our attitudes after Christ.