EDF grants support CDS work on border, COVID-19 relief in Nigeria and around the world

Brethren Disaster Ministries has directed grants from the Church of the Brethren Emergency Disaster Fund to COVID-19 response in Nigeria through Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and the worldwide COVID response by Church World Service (CWS). Another grant supports CWS relief work in Indonesia and Timor-Leste following flooding. A grant also has been given to support a humanitarian response at the southern US border by Children’s Disaster Services (CDS).

Brethren active in health care

This listing is provided by the Church of the Brethren Newsline in order to help us recognize, thank, and pray for Church of the Brethren members who are caring for people’s health right now.

EYN 74th Majalisa commends six districts, lists resolutions

Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) held its General Church Council Annual Conference, also known as Majalisa, with successful approvals, deliberations, commendations, celebrations, and presentations on April 27-30. About 2,000 pastors, delegates, and heads of programs and institutions were in attendance at the EYN Headquarters in Kwarhi, Hong Local Government Area, Adamawa State.

Brethren Volunteer Service offers in-person summer orientation unit

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) is pleased to announce that we will be hosting an in-person summer orientation for Unit 329 at Inspiration Hills Camp in Burbank, Ohio, from July 18-Aug. 6. We are excited to be able to gather safely and in intentional community for the orientation experience once more!

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.

Newsline for May 1, 2021

NEWS
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

UPCOMING EVENTS
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