Reading with the Moderator

(“From the Moderator” is a new column in Newsline that will appear on occasion through the 2011 Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., July 2-6. Most books listed here are available from Brethren Press, call 800-441-3712.) In recent years, as a pastor and now as moderator, the following books have helped to inform my theology, Christology, ethics,

Out of a Small Green Box: A Rediscovered Manuscript on John Kline

Shortly after assuming the directorship of the Brethren Historical Library and Archives (BHLA) on Nov. 1, 2010, I examined a small green box in my office labeled, “Original Penciled Manuscript of book LIFE OF JOHN KLINE by Funk.” I quickly realized that I was looking at Benjamin Funk’s original hand-written manuscript (partial) for his book, “Life

From the Moderator: Soul Preparation for Annual Conference 2011

For over 250 years, Annual Conference has served a valuable role in the life of the Christian movement known as the Church of the Brethren. We have gathered to seek the mind of Christ on matters of common concern, mission, and service. Much of this history has been recorded in decisions that formed how Brethren

Newsline for January 26, 2011

January 26, 2011 “…That your joy may be complete” (John 15:11b). A photo of the Mack house in Germantown, Pa., is one of the “Hidden Gems” displayed at a new page at www.brethren.org  posted by the Brethren Historical Library and Archive. Photos and captions describe interesting pieces from the archival collection at the Church of

Newsline for January 12, 2011

“Do not speak evil against one another, brothers and sisters” (James 4:11). “Brethren in the News” is a new page on the denominational website offering a listing of currently published news about Brethren congregations and individuals. Find the latest newspaper reports, television clips, and more by clicking on “Brethren in the News,” a link in the

Annual Conference Reveals 2011 Logo, Makes Online Input Form Available

A new logo and a full theme statement for the 2011 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren have been released. Moderator Robert Alley has posted a full statement about the 2011 theme, “Gifted with Promise: Extending Jesus’ Table,” at www.cobannualconference.org/pdfs/ Theme&DailyThemes.pdf  along with detailed plans for Conference worship services. In other news from

Newsline for December 15, 2010

“Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near” (James 5:8). 1) Annual Conference issues 2011 logo, makes online input form available for Special Response. 2) Meeting issues ‘Letter from Santo Domingo to All Churches.’ 3) NCC leaders offer pastoral advice to Senate on nuclear arms reduction. 4) Murray Williams tour proclaims Anabaptist

Newsline for October 21, 2010

Oct. 21, 2010 “…So there will be one flock, one shepherd” (John 10:16b). 1) Moderator joins Archbishop of Canterbury at 40th anniversary of CNI. 2) Heifer International president is co-winner of 2010 World Food Prize. 3) Sudan’s church leaders are concerned about upcoming referendum. PERSONNEL 4) David Shetler to serve as executive for Southern Ohio

Newsline Special on the 9/11 Anniversary, with Worship Resources

Newsline Newsline Special Sept. 9, 2010 “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39b). 1) Church leaders call for civility in Christian-Muslim relations. 2) Brethren worship resources for the anniversary of Sept. 11. ********************************************************** A note from the editor: This week’s regularly scheduled Newsline will appear later today, featuring an announcement of the theme and preachers

Annual Conference Theme and Speakers Are Announced for 2011

Moderator Robert Alley speaking at the National Youth Conference in July. Photo by Glenn Riegel Church of the Brethren Sept. 9, 2010 The theme and main speakers have been announced for the Church of the Brethren’s Annual Conference next year, July 2-6, 2011, in Grand Rapids, Mich. Moderator Robert E. Alley announced the theme “Gifted

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