Brethren bits for Feb. 4, 2022

— Correction: An incorrect email address was given for the Brethren Heritage Center in last week’s “Brethren bits.” The correct email address is

– The Brethren Historical Library and Archives at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill., seeks applicants for its Archival Internship Program. The purpose of the program is to develop interest in vocations related to archives and libraries and/or Brethren history. The program will provide the intern with work assignments in the BHLA and with opportunities to develop professional contacts. Work includes processing archival materials, writing descriptive inventories, preparing books for cataloging, responding to reference requests, and assisting researchers in the library. Professional contacts may include attending archival and library conferences and workshops, visits to libraries and archives in the Chicago area, and participation in a Brethren Historical Committee meeting (pending COVID-19 restrictions). BHLA is the official repository for Church of the Brethren publications and records. The collection consists of more than 10,000 volumes, 3,500 linear feet of manuscripts and records, 40,000 photographs, plus videos, films, DVDs, and recordings. The one-year internship begins July 2022 (preferred). Compensation includes housing, a stipend of $550 every two weeks, and health insurance. A graduate student is preferred, or an undergraduate with at least two years of college, with interest in history and/or library and archival work, willingness to work with detail, accurate word processing skills, ability to lift 30-pound boxes. Full COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of the internship. Submit a resume to or contact the Office of Human Resources, Church of the Brethren, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120; 800-323-8039 ext. 367. All submissions must be completed by April 1, 2022.

The next Facebook Live event from the Brethren Historical Library and Archives (BHLA), “Vintage Recipes,” is planned for Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m central time / 3 p.m. Eastern time. The special focus will be doing vintage baking and making sweets for the holiday. “Join us in the kitchen as we explore both vintage recipes in our BHLA collection and the denominational cookbook, The Inglenook Cookbook on this special Valentine’s Day edition of our Archives Live!” said an invitation. Go to

– Patty Sturrock has left the position of kitchen manager for Brethren Woods, a camp and outdoor ministry center near Keezletown, Va., after more than a decade of dedicated service, said the camp newsletter. Sturrock is leaving in order to focus more fully on her own catering and food service business. “While we are sad to see her go, we wish her all the best in this new endeavor. You can enjoy Patty’s friendly service and delicious food by visiting her at The Cafe at The Shops at The Old Shed in Weyers Cave,” said the announcement.

— Brethren Woods is now seeking a food service director, which is a new role. This quarter-time, year-round, salaried position is based on an average of 10 hours per week with more hours during the summer season, less hours in the fall and spring, and limited hours in the winter. Additional hours, if desired, are available when fulfilling the role of head cook. The food service director is responsible to plan and coordinate camp food service and staffing for all scheduled groups, activities, and events throughout the year. Benefits include a salary, based on experience and within the context of the nonprofit environment, and professional growth funds. Apply by sending a resume to by March 1. Questions can be directed to Linetta Ballew, acting director of Brethren Woods, at 540-269-2641 or

— The Center on Conscience and War (CCW) is seeking a new director of development to help support the nonprofit organization’s ninth decade of work to extend and defend the rights of conscientious objectors to war. The CCW’s predecessor organizations were founded by the historic peace churches including the Church of the Brethren. CCW is the only national organization whose primary mission is to support conscientious objectors, or COs. “We are a small, but very busy office, serving many soldiers of conscience, and our victories on their behalf fortify us to continue the struggle for peace: our work literally helps to change lives every day–challenging the violence of war–one soldier at a time,” said an announcement of the job opening. The director of development will manage all aspects of CCW’s modest fundraising. The ideal candidate will have experience developing and managing a variety of fundraising campaigns, using social media to reach new audiences and grow a base of support, researching and applying for new and appropriate grant opportunities, and employing other creative ways of engaging broad grassroots support. The position will begin as part-time, with potential to grow. Compensation is competitive. The CCW workplace strives to be cooperative and non-hierarchical. CCW’s office is located in the District of Columbia, on the fourth floor of a walk-up. Proximity to Washington, D.C., is not a requirement and work can be performed in the office or from anywhere in the US. For more information go to

— Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is seeking a part-time finance manager who will implement and contribute to CMEP’s annual finance strategy including payroll, bookkeeping, accounts payable and receivable, audit support, and other financial tasks. The preference is for someone who can work from Washington, D.C., but remote work is possible. Hours are 10 hours a week with seasonal increases. Includes PTO benefits. Find out more at


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