A Brethren Volunteer Reflects on ‘Pray-In’ Outside White House

By Todd Flory “The Church of the Brethren has a really good bumper sticker like that. Have you seen those?” His right hand gripped mine in a firm hand shake, his left index finger tapped the front of my shirt that read, “When Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies,’ I think he probably meant don’t kill

Newsline for May 24, 2006

“For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.” — James 2:26 NEWS 1) Brethren receive record-breaking dividend from Brotherhood Mutual. 2) Church planting is `doable,’ conference participants learn. 3) Ecumenical committee plans for Annual Conference. 4) Brethren Academy welcomes 14 new ministry students. 5) Nigerian Brethren

On Earth Peace Board Begins Strategic Planning Process

The On Earth Peace Board of Directors and staff met April 21-22 at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. The board’s Advancement, Personnel, Finance, and Executive committees met April 20. The devotional theme used scriptures focused on “A Passion for Peace.” Beginning new strategic planning work, the board affirmed and encouraged staff to

Newsline Special for May 22, 2006

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God.” — Ephesians 2:19 NEWS 1) Cross Cultural Celebration reflects on the household of God. 2) Celebración Intercultural refleja la casa de Dios. 3) Brethren in Puerto Rico ask for prayer for

Brethren in Puerto Rico, Brazil Ask for Prayer

Puerto Rican Brethren ask for prayer for island’s financial crisis Brethren from Puerto Rico who were at the Church of the Brethren’s Cross Cultural Consultation and Celebration in Pennsylvania May 4-7, asked fellow participants to pray for the island during its current financial crisis. As of May 1 nearly 100,000 government employees including teachers and

Association of Brethren Caregivers Makes Personnel Announcements

The Association of Brethren Caregivers (ABC) has made two personnel announcements today, the appointments of Mary Lou Garrison as director of Wellness Ministry in a position also supported by the Church of the Brethren General Board and Brethren Benefit Trust; and Kim Ebersole as director of Older Adult Ministry and Family Life Ministry.   —

A Reflection from Nigeria: Pray for Us and We’ll Pray for You

By David Whitten “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” — Romans 12:18 In a far away place in the savannah of Nigeria, West Africa, there sits on the banks of a river a quiet village named Garkida. For the most part, the village lives out

Church of the Brethren Leader Asks for Apology from Dr. Phil Show

A letter to the Dr. Phil Show and Paramount Television from Stan Noffsinger, general secretary of the Church of the Brethren General Board, has asked for an on-air apology and retraction following a segment that erroneously named the Church of the Brethren as linked to a child abduction case. The segment titled, “Missing,” aired May

Alternative Spring Break Trip to the Gulf Coast Changes Lives

During this year’s spring break in March, Jonathan Frye, associate professor of natural sciences at McPherson (Kan.) College, led a group of students, alumni, and Church of the Brethren members for a nine-day trip that took them more than 2,228 miles. They went to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, and to observe and understand the

Ecumenical Committee Plans for Annual Conference

Special events at this year’s Annual Conference, and work on ecumenical relationships with other denominations, topped the agenda at the spring meeting of the Committee on Interchurch Relations. The group, which is a joint committee of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference and the General Board, met by conference call on April 4. Ecumenical