224th Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — July 3, 2010 “We are in vogue. The cutting edge of the culture we live in is seeking the same things we were seeking 300 years ago…. It is our time. We were made for this time.” –Annual Conference moderator Shawn Flory
June 4, 2010 “…And I will be their God, and they shall be my people,” (Jeremiah 31:33b). NEWS 1) Bethany Seminary celebrates 105th commencement. 2) Hundreds of deacons trained in 2010. 3) Haitian Family Resource Center is hosted by New York Brethren. 4) Workcamper to share Beanie Babies with children in Haiti. UPCOMING EVENTS 5)
The following report from Doris Abdullah, Church of the Brethren representative to the United Nations, reports her experience at the 54th Commission on the Status of Women: So exactly what was the 54th meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women from March 1-12 at the United Nations in New York all about anyway?
May 5, 2010 “Live in harmony with one another” (Romans 12:16). NEWS 1) Seminary charts course for a new direction with strategic plan. 2) Intercultural consultation celebrates diversity in harmony. 3) BVS volunteer from Germany is detained for visa lapse. 4) Church representative attends ‘Beijing + 15′ on status of women. PERSONNEL 5) Shaffer retires
Church of the Brethren Newsline Dec. 18, 2009 “Archival research and collective memories from close at hand and afar are bringing an intriguing story to life–a kind of SERRV project a decade or two ahead of SERRV, a hunger action program 50 years ahead of the Global Food Crisis Fund,” reports Howard Royer. Earlier this
Newsline is the Church of the Brethren e-mail news service. Go to www.brethren.org/newsline to subscribe or unsubscribe. Dec. 17, 2009 “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed…” (Isaiah 40:5a, NIV). NEWS 1) Immigration issues are affecting some Brethren congregations. 2) Grants support ecumenical build in Iowa, assistance to Cambodia, India, Haiti. 3) Kulp Bible
“…But the word of our God will stand forever” (Isaiah 39:8b). NEWS 1) Listening process will help reshape Brethren Witness program. 2) Caring Ministries programs to work from within Congregational Life. 3) Emergency Disaster Fund issues four grants for international work. 4) Brethren bits: Correction, remembrances, job openings, and more. PERSONNEL 5) Amy Gingerich resigns
“He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet” (John 13:5a). NEWS 1) On Earth Peace reports mid-year financial concern. 2) Bethany Seminary holds second annual Presidential Forum. 3) Domestic hunger program receives funding to fulfill grant requests. 4) Church of the Brethren Credit Union offers online banking. 5) Brethren Press
“Celebrating the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary in 2008” “For the Lord will bless you in…all your undertakings, and you shall surely celebrate” (Deuteronomy 16:15) NEWS 1) 300th Anniversary celebration takes place this week in Germany. 2) Wal-Mart grants for $100,000 go to two Brethren colleges. 3) Brethren bits: Corrections, remembrance, job openings, and
“Celebrating the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary in 2008” “Be merciful to me, O God…for in you my soul takes refuge” (Ps. 57:1a) NEWS 1) Church of the Brethren responds to disasters with grants totaling $117,000. 2) Children, elderly dying from dysentery in Myanmar, says CWS. 3) InterAgency Forum discusses work of denominational agencies.