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

Children’s Disaster Services deploys team to work with children at border

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has deployed a team to work with children along the US/Mexico border in Texas. This CDS team will be on location for two weeks, providing creative play opportunities for the children and much needed rest for their parents before the next leg of their journey. Since arriving in Texas, the team has been averaging 40 to 45 children per day in the CDS center.

Imagine! God’s earth and people restored

Along with over 1,000 other concerned faith and non-faith advocates, I had the opportunity of participating in the first-ever virtual Ecumenical Advocacy Days conference. This year’s EAD took place from Sunday, April 18, to Wednesday, April 21, on the theme, “Imagine! God’s Earth and People Restored,” and consisted of an opening session, two days of workshops, and one day devoted to congressional advocacy.

Multivocational pastors are invited to summer book study

The Part-Time Pastor; Full-Time Church Program invites multivocational pastors of Church of the Brethren congregations to join a summer book study of Part-Time is Plenty: Thriving Without Full-Time Clergy by Jeffrey MacDonald.

Brethren bits for April 24, 2021

In this issue: Remembering the Armenian Genocide, prayer requests from Brethren around the world, ways to support the Christian Citizenship Seminar that starts this evening, Office of Peacebuilding and Policy endorses “Palestinian Children and Families Act,” Timbercrest celebrates Brethren residents turning 100, and more news from congregations and districts, colleges and camps, ecumenical partners and church members.

Newsline for April 24, 2021

1) Selective Service Repeal Act receives endorsement
2) National Council of Churches issues statement following conviction in George Floyd murder case
3) Churches are asked to help with COVID-19 vaccination effort

4) Bethany Seminary to hold commencement ceremony online
5) New and Renew workshop presenters include Coté Sorens and Darryl Williamson

6) US militarism and climate change

7) Brethren bits: Remembering the Armenian Genocide, prayer requests from Brethren around the world, ways to support youth attending the virtual CCS, endorsement of “Palestinian Children and Families Act,” Timbercrest celebrates Brethren residents turning 100, and more