Church Planting Conference to Ask, ‘What Comes First?’

“In church planting, what comes first?” asks an announcement of a church planting conference sponsored by the New Church Development Committee of the Church of the Brethren General Board, offered through a cooperative effort with the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. “Which priorities take precedence? What skills are required? Just like the childhood game scissors,

Newsline for March 1, 2006

“He answered, `You shall love the Lord your God….’” — Luke 10:27a NEWS 1) New Sunday school curriculum is launched for Brethren, Mennonites. 2) Beckwith and Zuercher head Annual Conference ballot. 3) Review and Evaluation survey is available online and in Source mailing. 4) Sustaining Pastoral Excellence identifies leadership as a key issue. 5) Selected

Workcampers Are Sought to Join Rebuilding Effort for Guatemalan Village

A workcamp is being organized to help the rebuilding effort of the village of Union Victoria, Guatemala, sponsored by the Emergency Response and Global Mission Partnerships of the Church of the Brethren General Board. The workcamp will take place March 11-18. Hurricane Stan in late 2005 had devastating effects on Union Victoria, a remote indigenous

Iraqis, Religious Leaders Try to ‘Get in the Way’ of Sectarian Violence

The following report from Peggy Gish, a Church of the Brethren member of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in Iraq, was taken from a CPT press release dated Feb. 25. “An Iraqi human rights worker was interviewing members of our team for her radio show, when we heard the news. The Shi’a Al-Askari shrine in Samarra,

Violence Continues in Nigeria, But in Area Where Brethren May Not be Affected

Violence has broken out in southern Nigeria following rioting against cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that began last weekend in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri. The most recent reports of violence come from the city of Onitsha, in the southeast area of the west African country. At least five churches of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a

Emergency Disaster Fund Gives $162,800 in Ten Grants

The Emergency Disaster Fund, a ministry of the Church of the Brethren General Board, has given ten grants totaling $162,800, for disaster relief in the US, Kenya, Liberia, and Guatemala. For an article on shipments to schools affected by the Gulf Coast hurricanes, originating at the Brethren Service Center, see below. Church World Service has

Resources from Brethren Witness to Make Lent a Time to Reflect on Peace

With the season of Lent beginning March 1, the Brethren Witness/Washington Office is promoting two Lenten resources for pastors and congregations to use during this time of prayer, fasting, and self-reflection: “Coming to Life: Worship Aids for the Living Peace Church,” and a series of Lenten reflections from the Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV), a

Forum Looks at Proposal to Examine Vision of Denomination, Declining Membership

The Inter-Agency Forum, a component of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, held its annual meeting Feb. 1-2 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Jim Hardenbrook, immediate past moderator of Annual Conference, presided at the meeting that included the Conference officers, a representative of the Council of District Executives, and the executives and board chairs of

Nigerian Brethren Injured, Churches Burned in Rioting Over Cartoons

At least five churches of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) were damaged or destroyed in Maiduguri, Nigeria, during riots and protests of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, according to an e-mail report received this afternoon from Robert Krouse, Nigeria mission coordinator for the Church of the Brethren General

Newsline for February 20, 2006

“Have mercy upon us, O Lord….” — Psalm 123:3a 1) Nigerian Brethren injured, churches burned in rioting protesting cartoons. 2) Brethren enjoy ‘front and center’ spot at World Council of Churches assembly. 3) Historic Peace Churches offer a unique voice for nonviolence. 4) US Christian leaders apologize on violence, poverty, and ecology. For more Church