Newsline Extra for March 9, 2007

“…And your hope will not be cut off….” — Proverbs 24:14b NEWS 1) Voices from the Gulf Coast featured in General Board’s first webcast. 2) General Board to meet this weekend. FEATURE 3) Wrestling with Lent: A reflection on the Christian Peace Witness marking the 4th anniversary of the Iraq War. To receive Newsline by

Daily News: March 8, 2007

(March 8, 2007) — The eight members of Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) Unit 273 have begun their terms of service. Camp Ithiel in Gotha, Fla., hosted the orientation unit from Jan. 29-Feb. 16. During the orientation volunteers had the opportunity to serve both the greater Orlando community and to fellowship with the Brethren Haitian community

Daily News: March 7, 2007

(March 7, 2007) — Academy Award-winning director James Cameron has created a titanic buzz with his documentary “The Lost Tomb of Jesus.” Given the worldwide interest, veteran journalist and television news anchor Ted Koppel chose to add depth to the discussion with a televised forum on Sunday, March 4, immediately following the premiere of Cameron’s

Daily News: March 6, 2007

(March 6, 2007) — Two Church of the Brethren funds have given a total of $95,000 in recent grants supporting the work of Brethren Disaster Response in the Gulf Coast, as well as aid to Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, and Vietnam. The Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) and the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) are ministries of

Daily News: March 5, 2007

(March 5, 2007) — David M. Walker, the US Comptroller General, will speak at McPherson (Kan.) College on Sunday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Brown Auditorium. Walker was recently featured on CBS’ “60 Minutes” in a segment about US fiscal difficulties. At McPherson, Walker will discuss the United States’ four deficits: the federal budget

Daily News: March 2, 2007

(March 2, 2007) — Church of the Brethren members are called to prayer today for Bluffton University, a Mennonite school in Ohio, after members of its baseball team were killed in a tragic bus accident this morning; and for Americus, Ga., and other communities across the south hit by tornados last night. The call to

Newsline Special for February 28, 2007

1) Church of the Brethren webcast series is launched. 2) Brethren Benefit Trust and Boston Common celebrate Aflac’s decision to give shareholders a say on pay. To receive Newsline by e-mail or to unsubscribe, go to For more Church of the Brethren news, go to, click on “News” to find a news feature,

Newsline for February 28, 2007

“The Lord is my light and my salvation….” — Psalm 27:1a NEWS 1) Neuman-Lee and Shumate head 2007 Annual Conference ballot. 2) General Board Executive Committee visits disaster relief in the Gulf. 3) Gather ’Round staff set plans for future 4) Brethren member participates in Darfur work of UN subcommittee. 5) Fund gives grants to

Newsline for February 27, 2007

Church World Service (CWS) has issued an urgent appeal for school kits, and also is requesting baby kits. CWS is a Christian humanitarian relief agency connected with the National Council of Churches. The Emergency Response program of the Church of the Brethren General Board is supporting this appeal. “We have great need, immediately, for CWS

Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program Holds ‘Vital Pastors’ Retreat

(Feb. 26, 2007) — “Thank you for the re-call to ministry.” Those words, uttered by a pastor during a closing circle prayer, capped two years of exploring with colleagues what it means to pastor with excellence. Many of the 18 pastors in the circle might have expressed the same sense of renewal. Sustaining Pastoral Excellence,