Brethren bits for Feb. 16, 2024

In this issue: National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) Planning Team, job opening, Nate Polzin to present at Brethren Evangelism Training Event in Shenandoah, McPherson College president Michael Schneider receives award, Roundtable regional youth conference, grant opportunity for congregations, the Peace Pilgrimage begins, WCC head visits Israel and Palestine, Brethren in the news, and a Black History Month note from the NCC.

Brethren bits for Oct. 19, 2023

In this issue: Special group photos from NOAC, job opening, webinar recording from Part-time Pastor, Full-time Church, latest GFI newsletter, Christian Churches Together reporting, Elizabethtown College 125th anniversary in 2024, several releases and statements on Israel and Palestine from ecumenical partner organizations, and a prayer for peace.

The Holy Spirit is the first firefly

This year I caught a glimpse of the first firefly next to a pile of refuse near our back gate, blinking beautifully and hopefully in an abandoned place. When we celebrate Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. The disciples gathered in prayer, hidden in a room, in fear. While there may have been hope and expectation, it was likely tentative. I imagine it felt like an abandoned place. Into that place of fear and disorientation came a blinking light. A flicker of flames amidst a rush of wind.

EYN: A wounded healer

“EYN is regarded as a wounded healer,” said Ekklesiyar ‘Yan’uwa a Nigeria vice president Anthony Addu’a Ndamsai. The statement was made while addressing staff members at the EYN Headquarters at Kwarhi, Adamawa State, Nigeria. He was one of a group of EYN leaders who have just returned from the United States, encouraging members to sustain the peaceful heritage of the church which Ndamsai considered has helped the church survived the difficulties imposed by Boko Haram terrorists.

FaithX takes flight

The first FaithX trip will kick off this Sunday, May 28, as 18 adults from Pennsylvania, Illinois, Kansas, and Massachusetts gather in Spain to serve with the Spanish Church of the Brethren congregations in the Gijon region.

Brethren Academy offers Clergy Tax Seminar 2023

A release from the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership Join us for this informational and instructive seminar! Clergy Tax Seminar 2023, Jan. 28, 2023, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern time). Sponsors are the Brethren Academy, the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry, and Bethany Theological Seminary. Students, clergy, and anyone who deals with

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