Brethren bits for Nov. 3, 2023

— The Church of the Brethren seeks applicants for the position of director of the Brethren Historical Library and Archives at the General Offices in Elgin, Ill. This is a full-time salaried position. Full COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment. The director of the BHLA promotes the history and heritage of the Church of the Brethren by administering the archive and by facilitating research and the study of Brethren history. Skills and knowledge required include familiarity with Church of the Brethren heritage, theology, and polity; ability to articulate and operate out of the vision of the Church of the Brethren; familiarity with library and archival disciplines; customer service skills; research and problem-solving skills; and proficiency in Microsoft software and experience with OCLC products. Requirements include at least 3-5 years of experience in a library or archives; a master’s degree in library science/archival studies or a public history related program; extensive knowledge of Church of the Brethren history and beliefs; a graduate degree in history or theology and/or certification by the Academy of Certified Archivists. Applications are being received and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Apply by sending a resume to; Office of Human Resources, Church of the Brethren, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120; 800-323-8039 ext. 367. The Church of the Brethren is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

— Atlantic Northeast District is seeking a director of Finance to serve in a 15 hours/week position. Responsibilities include working with the treasurer and Stewardship Commission, helping to establish an annual Ministry Investment Plan, tracking district financial statistics, performing the annual district financial review and quarterly review of staff ledgers as well as annual review of special funds, serving on all fund committees, relating to Eder Financial and overseeing investments and all investment fund policies in consultation with the treasurer, assisting or consulting with the district executive in all legal matters related to district properties and congregational properties, assisting and consulting with Leadership Development for Stewardship Education, serving as staff liaison to the Germantown Trust Board and the Bucher Meeting House Committee, among other assignments. All inquiries should be directed to district executive minister Pete Kontra at

— The Council of District Executives held its fall meeting in a virtual format on Oct. 25, reports Walt Wiltschek, district executive minister for Illinois and Wisconsin. Business included a review of finances, welcoming new members to the group, saying farewell to a few who are finishing their service, going over details for the upcoming ordination renewal cycle in 2024-2025, hearing updates on queries and other district conference business, and receiving a report on some items from the recent Mission and Ministry Board meeting. CODE will next convene for its winter meetings in mid-January.

“Ceasefire now” read the signs carried by Office of Peacebuilding and Policy staff participating at a pray-in for peace in Israel and Palestine, held earlier this week in front of the White House in Washington, D.C.

Find the statement on “Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine” from the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board, calling for an immediate ceasefire, release of all hostages, and humanitarian aid for Gaza, among other measures, at

The Material Resources program at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., has shipped a 20-foot container to Honduras, packed with Church World Service (CWS) materials including woolen blankets, fleece blankets, and hygiene kits. Brother’s Brother Foundation included items such as kid’s jerseys, isolation garments, blood pressure monitors, and blankets, reported staff including Glenna Thompson and director Loretta Wolf. This is a Church of the Brethren shipment initiated by the denomination’s Service Ministries. The recipient is Chester Thomas with Proyecto Aldea Global (PAG), a church-related organization in Honduras.


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