Spiritual Directors Are Called to ‘Listen with the Heart.’

By Connie Burkholder What is the connection between the ministry of being with the dying, and the ministry of being a spiritual director? That question was prompted by the theme for the Church of the Brethren spiritual directors’ retreat May 22-24 at Shepherd’s Spring, the camp and conference center of Mid-Atlantic District. About two dozen

Brethren Homes Forum Held at the Cedars in Kansas

Many CEOs, administrators, board members, and chaplains of Brethren-affiliated retirement centers met May 4-6 at the Cedars in McPherson, Kan., for the Fellowship of Brethren Homes’ annual forum. The Cedars is one of 22 Church of the Brethren facilities that are members of the fellowship, a ministry of the Association of Brethren Caregivers (ABC). The

New Guidelines Issued for Denominational Memorial Tribute

The Church of the Brethren Annual Conference has requested Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) to expand guidelines for the denomination’s memorial tribute for church leaders who have died during the year before each Conference. The annual tribute is given as a multimedia presentation at Annual Conference, and serves as a remembrance of denominational church leaders including

Global Food Crisis Fund Supports Micro Credit in Dominican Republic

In poor countries like the Dominican Republic, micro-credit is one of the few options many people have to earn a living, according to a report from Global Food Crisis Fund manager Howard Royer. The fund is giving a grant of $66,500 to cover the 2006 budget of a Church of the Brethren microloan program in

BBT Board Explores Ways to Offset High Expense of Medical Insurance

The Brethren Medical Plan Study Committee of the Annual Conference has asked Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) to help identify potential new sources of funding for the Church of the Brethren Medical Plan. At its spring meetings April 21-23 in Elgin, Ill., the BBT Board and staff spent time brainstorming possible ways to offset the ever-escalating

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