As an agency of a historic peace church that believes in nonviolence, Brethren Benefit Trust has long screened out investing the funds of Brethren Pension Plan members and its money management clients in weapons and weapons systems, firearms, and US Department of Defense contracts.
Category: Church of the Brethren Newsline
Brethren Benefit Trust board affirms five strategic goals
Continuing to affirm bold steps in the plan to position Brethren Benefit Trust for a strong future, the BBT board affirmed the five strategic goals that evolved throughout 2020 from conversations among board and staff members, with members and clients, and with denominational leadership.
Rhonda Pittman Gingrich is hired as director of Annual Conference
Rhonda Pittman Gingrich has been hired as director of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference. She will begin her work on Aug. 23, working from her home in Minneapolis, Minn., and from the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill. She will succeed Chris Douglas, who retires as Conference director on Oct. 1.
Zechariah Houser to coordinate short-term service for the Church of the Brethren
Zechariah Houser has been hired by the Church of the Brethren as coordinator of short-term service for Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS), working from the General Offices in Elgin, Ill.
Newsline for May 1, 2021
1) Children’s Disaster Services deploys team to work with children at border
2) Moderator’s Town Hall features Brethren historians
3) Imagine! God’s earth and people restored
4) National Youth Conference 2022 theme, dates, and cost are announced
5) NOAC service project will fund books for Junaluska Elementary School
6) Multivocational pastors are invited to summer book study
7) ‘Play, on Purpose’ webinar to take place May 11
8) Brethren bits: Prayer request for India, personnel notice, NOAC registration opens May 3, filming has begun for Annual Conference, concern for Haitian deportations, video from Ecuador, and much more
Brethren bits for May 1, 2021
In this issue: Prayer request for India, personnel, NOAC registration opens May 3, filming had begun for Annual Conference, concern for Haitian deportations, video from Ecuador, and more news by, for, and about Brethren
Moderator’s Town Hall features Brethren historians
There was a lot to hear on the topics of biblical authority, accountability, the compelling vision, church division, and nationalism during the Moderator’s Town Hall hosted by Annual Conference moderator Paul Mundey. The online event in two parts was titled “Today’s Headlines, Yesterday’s Wisdom. Historical Insights for the Contemporary Church.”
‘Play, on Purpose’ webinar to take place May 11
“Play, on Purpose,” a virtual webinar featuring Lakisha Lockhart, associate professor of Practical Theology at Chicago Theological Seminary, will be presented by the Youth and Young Adult Ministries on May 11 at 8-9:30 p.m. (Eastern time). After registering for the webinar, participants will watch a 30-minute video before joining the live conversation on May 11. Ministers may earn 0.2 continuing education units through the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership.
NOAC service project will fund books for Junaluska Elementary School
By Libby Polzin Kinsey Participants at National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) love to serve. Past NOAC efforts have helped build the libraries of Junaluska (N.C.) Elementary School classrooms, providing hundreds of books to children living in the host town for the conference. This year, when NOAC will be held virtually, participants are invited to help
National Youth Conference 2022 theme, dates, and cost are announced
National Youth Conference (NYC) 2022 will focus on Colossians 2:5-7 and the theme “Foundational.” The event will be held July 23-28, 2022. The registration fee, which includes food, lodging, and programing, will be $550. Youth who have completed ninth grade through one year of college at the time of NYC (or are age equivalent) and their adult advisors will gather at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. Online registration will open in early 2022 on www.brethren.org.