BBT Announces Personnel Changes and Restructuring

Five Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) colleagues will end their responsibilities with the organization effective Dec. 16 due to budgetary and economic factors. Effective Jan. 1, 2012, BBT will restructure.

Newsline for Nov. 2, 2011

News items include: 1) Assisi event calls for peace as a human right. 2) Brethren faculty report on conference at N. Korean university. 3) BBT goes green’ with e-mail publications, simplifies e-mail addresses. 4) Global Food Crisis Fund showcases projects for holiday giving. 5) Brethren Volunteer Service unit begins its work. 6) BBT co-sponsors financial and benefits seminar for congregations. 7) New Bible studies, Yearbook available from Brethren Press. 8) Brethren bits: Remembrance, personnel, college news, more.

Newsline – September 9, 2011

Church of the Brethren Ministries responds to Hurricane Irene; Youth and Young Adult steering committee announced; International Day of Prayer; Bridgewater College Summit to explore future of economy and education in U.S.; personnel news; ConocoPhillips commits to indigenous peoples’ rights with support from BBT; Remembering and renewing the work for peace in Hiroshima; upcoming events; and more.

Newsline for August 25, 2011

Newsline for August 25, 2011: Stories include 1. Sept. 11 resources available. 2. New Church of the Brethren staff structure announced. 3. BBT continues to maintain investment-grade holdings. 4. Brethren Disaster Ministries reports on East Coast earthquake. 5. Minister’s Association Officers annual fall retreat held. 6. Pension director called to serve as BBT’s chief operating and compliance officer. 7. National Older Adult Conference begins Labor Day. 8. International Day of Prayer for Peace. 9. Back to school with the Deacon Ministry.

Newsline for June 30, 2011

News stories: 1) Conference business addresses issues related to sexuality, church ethics, climate change, decorum. 2) Ministries of reconciliation and listening will offer assistance at Annual Conference. 3) Church leader signs on to letters about Afghanistan, Medicaid budget. 4) Group is encouraging local CPS anniversary celebrations. 5) Disaster fund gives $30,000 to start Pulaski Country rebuilding project. 6) Hiroshima monument is dedicated to founder of friendship center. 7) Joan Daggett resigns from Shenandoah District leadership. 8) Jorge Rivera ends service as associate executive for Puerto Rico. 9) Pérez-Borges to serve as associate executive in Atlantic Southeast District. 10) BBT calls John McGough to serve as CFO. 11) Brethren bits: Personnel, job openings, college news, more.

BBT Board Calls New Leadership Following Resignation of Its Chair

Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) Board chairwoman Deb Romary unexpectedly resigned from the BBT Board of Directors on July 5, immediately following the action by the Annual Conference delegate body on two business items related to issues of human sexuality. She had served as chairwoman of the BBT Board since July 2010. She was elected by the BBT Board in Nov. 2010 to serve a second four-year term; that election was affirmed on July 4 by the Annual Conference delegate body.

Facing the Race at Annual Conference

A light cloud cover and the cool early hour made the morning of July 3 a great time for a walk or run. The Annual 5K Fitness Challenge sponsored by Brethren Benefit Trust took place at Millennium Park, six miles outside of downtown Grand Rapids, at 7 a.m. sharp. As the sleepily–though energetic–crowd of 150 gathered at the starting line.

BBT Board Approves Changes Impacting Retirees of Brethren Pension Plan

The phasing out of the Brethren Pension Plan Annuity Benefit Reduction Assistance Program and a change in how the fund that pays out all Pension Plan annuities is invested were two major action items approved by the Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) Board of Directors when they met April 30 and May 1 at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill.

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