Cross-Cultural Ministries Sponsors Two Music Tours

(Jan. 22, 2007) — Two music tours sponsored by the Cross Cultural Ministries of the Church of the Brethren will give worship concerts in several venues in the midwest and east in late January and February. The second tour will mark the performance debut of the newly formed “African American Community and Family Project.” Concerts

Brethren Invited to Join March to End Iraq War

(Jan. 19, 2007) — Brethren have been invited to join in a March on Washington to End the Iraq War, to take place in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 27. The invitation was extended by the Brethren Witness/Washington Office of the General Board, and by On Earth Peace. In an e-mail to its Peace Witness Action

Jeff Bach Resigns from Bethany Seminary, Appointed Director of Young Center

(Jan. 18, 2007) — Jeff Bach, associate professor of Brethren Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., has accepted an appointment as director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, effective this summer. The Young Center, located on the campus of Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, engages in research and teaching as well as

Newsline for January 17, 2007

“Honor the Lord with your substance, and with the first fruits of all your produce….” — Proverbs 3:9 NEWS 1) Brethren invest half-million dollars for turning hunger around. 2) Haiti mission continues to grow. 3) Credit union offers new savings options for kids, youth, and adults. 4) Fund gives $120,000 for Middle East, Katrina, Sudan,

Brethren Academy Offers Courses

(Jan. 16, 2007) — The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership is offering several courses this winter and early spring. Upcoming courses include: “Confronting Death, Proclaiming Hope: A Brethren Approach to Funerals and Memorial Services,” on Feb. 11-12 at Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry Center in Sharpsburg, Md., and March 2-3 at the Brethren Service Center in

Church of the Brethren Leader Responds to Iraq Speech

(Jan. 12, 2007) — The general secretary of the Church of the Brethren General Board, Stanley J. Noffsinger, has made a response to President Bush’s speech about the Iraq war. Following is the response, which will be posted at the website of the National Council of Churches along with responses from leaders of other Christian

Delegation of Peacemakers Leaves for Middle East

(Jan. 11, 2007) — A Middle East Peacemaking Delegation co-sponsored by On Earth Peace and Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) arrived in Israel/Palestine today, Jan. 11. The delegation’s trip begins in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and then travels to Hebron and the village of At-Tuwani, to join in CPT’s ongoing work of violence-deterrence, accompaniment, and documentation. The

Peace Church Insurance Group Declares Dividend, Decreases Rates

(Jan. 10, 2007) — Peace Church Risk Retention Group, at its annual shareholders meeting in Baltimore Md., declared a $500,000 dividend distribution to its shareholders, payable by March 15. The board also announced that it would be reducing its renewal rates for 2007 by 11 percent. “This is a significant day for us,” said Ed

BVS Announces Winter Orientation Unit

(Jan. 8, 2007) — Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) has announced the start of the 2007 winter orientation unit, to be held Jan. 28-Feb. 16 at Camp Ithiel in Gotha, Fla. This orientation will be the 273th unit for BVS, and will include 16 volunteers from across the US and Germany. Several Church of the Brethren

ABC Sets Budget for Next Two Years

(Jan. 5, 2007) — The Association of Brethren Caregivers (ABC) Board approved budgets for the agency during a conference call on Dec. 12, 2006. The board approved budgets of $570,360 for 2007 and $617,320 for 2008. Board members expressed concern that overall giving has decreased each year since 2004, although ABC’s programs are in demand