Worship Team for National Young Adult Conference Announced

Church of the Brethren Newsline December 17, 2007 National Young Adult Conference worship coordinators Jim Chinworth and Becky Ullom met last week to begin worship planning for the upcoming conference on the theme “Come to the Mountain, Guidance for the Journey,” based on Isaiah 2:3. The conference takes place Aug. 11-15, 2008, at the YMCA

Brethren Funds Give $65,000 in Grants for Hunger, Disaster Relief

Church of the Brethren Newsline December 12, 2007 Six grants totaling $65,000 have been given by the Global Food Crisis Fund and the Emergency Disaster Fund, two funds of the Church of the Brethren General Board. The grants target hunger and disaster relief in various areas of Latin America, Asia, and Africa. A grant of

Partnerships in the Gospel in Northern Ohio District

Church of the Brethren Newsline December 11, 2007 “The time has come,” the Walrus said, “to talk of many things: of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–of cabbages and kings.” So says the poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter” from Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.” This past year, leaders in Northern Ohio

Annual Conference Council Holds Envisioning Retreat

Church of the Brethren Newsline December 6, 2007 Denominational envisioning, the frequency of Annual Conference, polity questions, financial concerns, and business items for the 2008 Annual Conference were all on the agenda of the Annual Conference Council on Nov. 27-30, in New Windsor, Md. The meeting, chaired by immediate past Annual Conference moderator Belita Mitchell,

Newsline for December 5, 2007

December 5, 2007 “…Let us walk in the light of the Lord” (Isaiah 2:5b). NEWS 1) Bethany Seminary trustees welcome new president and new chair. 2) Vital Pastors ‘cohort groups’ report at conference in San Antonio. 3) National Council receives text of social creed for 21st century. 4) Brethren share 300th Anniversary devotional at NCC

Course Offerings for 2008 Announced by Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership

Church of the Brethren Newsline December 3, 2007 The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership has announced an initial schedule of courses for 2008. These courses are open to students in the Training in Ministry (TRIM) and Education for Shared Ministry (EFSM) programs, as well as pastors and laypeople. The academy is a ministry training partnership

Small Congregation Issues Big Giving Challenge

Church of the Brethren Newsline November 29, 2007 Who said, “Be careful what you pray for, because you might get it?” To paraphrase: Be careful what you propose to a congregation because it might happen. So it was at the Sunnyslope Brethren/United Church of Christ in Oregon and Washington District, a congregation jointly affiliated with

Around 50 Brethren Attend Vigil Against School of the Americas

Church of the Brethren Newsline November 28, 2007 More than 11,000 people gathered at Fort Benning, Ga., on Nov. 16-18 for the 18th annual School of the Americas (SOA) Watch protest and vigil, including around 50 Church of the Brethren members. The protest has been held on a weekend in November since 1990, marking the

300th Anniversary Committee Announces Change of Plans at At 2008 Annual Conference

Church of the Brethren Newsline November 27, 2007 The 300th Anniversary Committee has given updated information about changes in planning for a “service blitz” and an exhibit of historical artifacts at the 2008 Annual Conference, to be held in Richmond, Va., on July 12-16. The Conference will celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the Brethren movement,

Christian Peacemaker Teams Provides Human Rights in Iraq

Church of the Brethren Newsline November 26, 2007 Venus Shamal, the deputy director of Kurdish Human Rights Watch in Suleimaniya, in northern Iraq, recently invited Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) to assist in the human rights training of security officers from the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). She told members of the CPT Iraq team that the

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