In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Brethren Mutual Aid Share Fund is announcing that any grant requests related to the virus will be eligible for double matching through the fund. The fund’s parent agency is announcing a name change in celebration of its 135th anniversary. The former Brethren Mutual Aid Agency is now known as the Mutual Aid Agency, or MAA.
1) Mission and Ministry Board holds July 1 meeting via Zoom
2) Committee recommends small increase to minimum cash salary table for pastors in 2021
3) Nominations are sought for 2021 Annual Conference ballot
4) Global Mission creates Country Advisory Teams
5) Brethren Disaster Ministries celebrates Puerto Rico completion and new Ohio project, among updates
6) Bethany Seminary details reopening plans
7) EYN Majalisa holds election for leadership
8) A report on the work of Nigeria’s Disaster Ministry Team
9) Scott Kinnick resigns as district executive minister for Southeastern District
10) Webinar to explore Holy Spirit as ‘mover and shaker of ideas and actions’
11) Moderator’s Town Hall on ‘Faith, Science, and COVID-19: Part 2′ slated for Aug. 13
12) Death Row Support Project reflects on first federal executions in 17 years
13) Brethren bits: Racial justice resources, personnel, COVID-19 grants at work, “Inhabit 2020 at Home,” webinars, another district conference goes online, Bridgewater College announces test-optional admission, Christians advocate to keep Hagia Sophia as shared heritage site, more
The Disaster Ministry of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria’s (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has been operating for more than five years. The staff work in numerous humanitarian sectors specifically in Nigeria’s northeast. One of their constant struggles is knowing who to help, as there is always more need than funds and materials to go around.
In this issue: Racial justice resources from Intercultural Ministries, personnel notes, COVID-19 grants at work, “Inhabit 2020 at Home,” webinars on various topics, another district conference goes online, Bridgewater College announces test-optional admission policy, Christians advocate to keep Hagia Sophia as shared heritage site, and more news by, for, and about Brethren.
Church of the Brethren Annual Conference moderator Paul Mundey has announced plans for another Moderator’s Town Hall on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. (Eastern time). The topic will be “Faith, Science, and COVID-19: Part 2.” A special focus will be the current reality of the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the reopening of churches.
The 73rd Annual General Church Council Conference (Majalisa) of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) was held July 14-16 at the EYN Headquarters in Kwarhi, Hong Local Government Area, Adamawa State. The highest decision-making body of the church denomination was initially scheduled for March 31 to April 3, but was postponed due to the global pandemic.
“People of faith across the centuries have used the Psalms, laden with powerful images and emotions, in their devotional life,” said an announcement from Brethren Press about its newest Covenant Bible Study. “God’s Steadfast Love in the Psalms” is written by Christina Bucher, a professor of religion at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College.
The Office of Ministry is sponsoring a webinar titled “Exploring the Holy Spirit: Mover and Shaker of Ideas and Actions” on July 30 from 1-2 p.m. (Eastern time). Leading the event will be Grace Ji-Sun Kim, professor of theology at Earlham School of Religion, and Denise Kettering-Lane, associate professor of Brethren Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary. Both schools are located in Richmond, Ind.
The Nominating Committee is now seeking nominations for the elections to take place at the 2021 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren. The nomination form and the nominee information form are both found online at www.brethren.org/ac/nominations .
The federal government’s actions this past week are tragic on so many levels. What are the motives for ending a 17-year hiatus of the federal death penalty? The federal government has carried out the executions of two death row inmates this week: Daniel Lee on July 13 and Wesley Purkey on July 16.