Brethren bits for Feb. 4, 2022

In this issue: Correction, BHLA’s next Facebook Live event “Vintage Recipes” happens on Valentine’s Day, personnel notes, and job openings.

Newsline for Feb. 4, 2022

1) Bridgewater College community mourns fallen heroes, General Secretary reaches out with condolences on behalf of the Church of the Brethren

2) ‘In the shadow’: Reflections on working with the Church of the Brethren in Rwanda

3) Bethany Seminary receives $1.2 million gift from the estate of David and Jane Wood

4) Praise God for the return of four girls abducted from Chibok area of Nigeria

5) Michigan District names District Executive Team with Beth Sollenberger as interim executive minister

6) Annual Conference office announces opening of online registration

7) Brethren Press publishes 2022 Lent devotional

8) Brethren bits: Correction, BHLA’s next Facebook Live event “Vintage Recipes” happens on Valentine’s Day, personnel notes, and job openings

Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy signs joint letter from faith groups urging leaders to de-escalate tension, pursue peace in Ukraine

With the threat of a Russian invasion looming in Ukraine, faith communities are uniting in their message to Congress and the Biden administration, calling for leaders to protect human lives and prevent war. The Church of the Brethren’s Office of Peacebuilding and Policy has joined other Christian denominations and interfaith groups in sending a joint letter to Congress and the Biden administration. The letter, dated Jan. 27, 2022, urged leaders in the US, Russia, and Ukraine to invest in diplomacy, reject a militaristic response, and act to prevent human suffering.

Mission Advancement office makes change in gift acknowledgment and receipt process

Over the past few years, the Office of Mission Advancement and the Finance Office of the Church of the Brethren have been reviewing the process of acknowledging and receipting gifts made in support of all of our Core Ministries and independently-funded ministries. (Learn more about our ministries at

Church of the Brethren Benefit Trust announces two changes as it implements five strategic goals

Church of the Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) made two changes beginning Jan. 1, 2022, to proactively live into its strategic goals, which are designed to enable the organization to adapt as denominational demographics and societal pressures continue to evolve. For now, these BBT changes include where staff work and organizational structure, with additional changes expected to be announced later this year.

Pemi church burned in violent attack in northeastern Nigeria

Brethren Disaster Ministries has received a report of another violent attack affecting Nigerian Brethren in northeastern Nigeria, reported by Zakariya Musa, head of Media for Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria).

Two-part Ventures course to focus on ‘Peace, Violence, and Nonviolence’

The next offering from the Ventures in Christian Discipleship program based at McPherson (Kan.) College will be “Peace, Violence, and Nonviolence.” The course will be held online over two evening sessions on Thursday, Feb. 24, and Thursday, March 3, both at 7 p.m. (Eastern time). The course will be presented by Katy Gray Brown and Virginia Rendler.

Brethren bits for Jan. 28, 2022

In this issue: Remembering Ellis Shenk, Juniata physics students win award, Brethren Voices celebrates 200th episode, Brethren Heritage Center advertises handbells, World Council of Churches has three job openings for leadership staff.

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