General Board to Receive Properties Report at March Meeting

The Church of the Brethren General Board will receive the report of the Stewardship of Properties Committee at meetings March 9-13 at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. The committee was formed by the board to study use of the General Board’s properties in New Windsor and Elgin, Ill. Also on the agenda

Churches are Encouraged to Offer Hope for Mental Illness

Church of the Brethren congregations are invited to consider “Offering Hope: The Church’s Role with Mental Illness” on Health Promotion Sunday May 21. A special Sunday emphasis on health is sponsored each year by the Association of Brethren Caregivers (ABC). “By offering the hope and love of God, congregations can walk with families often isolated

Jesus Jubilee Program Refreshes Nigerian Congregations and Pastors

Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN–the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has developed a congregational renewal program with the help of Robert Krouse, Nigeria mission coordinator for the Church of the Brethren General Board. The program called Jesus Jubilee is a three-day event hosted by congregations on Friday through Sunday, with the aim of stimulating

Christian Peacemaker Teams Responds to Latest Video of Peacemakers Missing in Iraq

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) issued a press release today in response to a new videotape showing members of the organization abducted in Iraq in Nov. 2005. The tape aired today on Al-Jazeera television was dated Feb. 28, according to ABC News, and showed three of four CPT members alive–Canadians James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh

Newsline Special for March 3, 2006

“Alabare al Senor con todo el corazon….” Salmo 111:1 “Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart….” Psalm 111:1 DELEGATIONS AND WORKCAMPS 1) Island Brethren continue the work of Jesus. 2) Delegation sees the situation in Palestine and Israel first-hand. 3) Nigeria workcampers experience microcosm of Kingdom of God.

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