Brethren bits for April 15, 2023

— The memorial service for Fran Nyce, who served a term on the former Church of the Brethren General Board and also as orientation director for Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS), has been announced. The service will be held on April 29 at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern time) at Westminster (Md.) Church of the Brethren (19 Bond Street, Westminster, MD 21157) with pastor Glenn McCrickard officiating.

— AMBS, the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind., seeks a Digital Marketing manager. Anticipated start date is April 2023 or as soon as possible. Applications are being reviewed now and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. The position is as a member of the AMBS Marketing and Communications Team and contributes to the concept, development, and production of marketing and communications projects. Primary responsibilities include managing the seminary’s website and overseeing social media strategy and implementation, digital marketing and database management, and video production. Knowledge of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada is a plus. Commitment to the AMBS mission and support of its Anabaptist and ecumenical vision are essential. AMBS does not discriminate against employees or candidates for employment on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected status. AMBS is committed to anti-racism as one of the ways to practice God’s reconciling mission in the world. Candidates for employment will have a strong motivation to join in efforts to work for racial equity and make AMBS an increasingly diverse learning community. To apply submit a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references to: Carla Robinson, AMBS Human Resources, or 3003 Benham Avenue, Elkhart IN 46517. Women and other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Find the full job opening announcement at

Christian Citizenship Seminar, an event for high school youth on April 22-27 in Washington, D.C., still has a few openings available! The theme is “Hot and Hungry” (1 Kings 17:7-16). Participants will have opportunities for education and advocacy on the intersection of hunger and climate change. Go to

Please pray… For the success of this year’s Christian Citizenship Seminar and for all who attend and all who provide leadership on the crucial topic of climate change and what we can do about it.

— The Dunker Punks Podcast has uploaded episode 144 at Josiah Ludwick (co-pastor of Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren in Pennsylvania) interviews Jason Haldeman (minister of Faith Formation at Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren in Pennsylvania) who shares the “The Perils of Christian Nationalism” paper that the congregation published in the local paper. They discuss how the statement came to be and the commitment to be educational. Then they discuss the community’s reaction to it as they consider the question “What Is Mine to Do? How can we be faithful right where we are now?”

— “Celebrate Earth Day with the Creation Justice Community!” said an invitation to “Sowing Seeds: An Ecumenical Earth Day Service” taking place online on Friday, April 21, at 12 noon (Eastern time). Drawing on resources from Creation Justice Ministries’ Earth Day Sunday resource, this service will lead participants into a time of contemplation and prayer while considering the prophetic actions we might take on behalf of God’s creation. Derrick Weston, theological education and training coordinator, will preach, using the parable of the sower as an encouragement to sow the seeds of creation justice wherever we might go. Register at

— “Sixty years ago, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., sitting in a Birmingham City Jail cell, began drafting what would become one of the most important documents of the civil rights era,” said an invitation to a special online event, “Letter from Birmingham Jail @60,” on Wednesday, April 26, at 6:30-8 p.m. (Eastern time). The invitation continues: “Written in response to eight white clergymen calling for a delay in demonstrations in the South, King expressed the ‘urgency of the moment,’ issuing a call to all Americans to reject the ‘piercing familiarity’ of the word ‘wait’ and to press forward together in the fight for justice. This call, however, landed particularly on faith leaders. What did this prophetic response mean in the historical context in which it was written? What does it mean for us today?” The event will explore answers to these questions, co-hosted by the Center on Faith and Justice at Georgetown University and the National African American Clergy Network. Scheduled participants include Vashti Murphy McKenzie, interim president and general secretary of the National Council of Churches; Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and professor of Homiletics at the School of Theology, Mercer University; and Jim Wallis, chair in Faith and Justice and director of the Center on Faith and Justice, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University. There will be a virtual Q&A following the discussion. Register for this free event at


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