Emergency Disaster Fund Gives $162,800 in Ten Grants

The Emergency Disaster Fund, a ministry of the Church of the Brethren General Board, has given ten grants totaling $162,800, for disaster relief in the US, Kenya, Liberia, and Guatemala. For an article on shipments to schools affected by the Gulf Coast hurricanes, originating at the Brethren Service Center, see below. Church World Service has

Forum Looks at Proposal to Examine Vision of Denomination, Declining Membership

The Inter-Agency Forum, a component of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, held its annual meeting Feb. 1-2 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Jim Hardenbrook, immediate past moderator of Annual Conference, presided at the meeting that included the Conference officers, a representative of the Council of District Executives, and the executives and board chairs of

Nigerian Brethren Injured, Churches Burned in Rioting Over Cartoons

At least five churches of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) were damaged or destroyed in Maiduguri, Nigeria, during riots and protests of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, according to an e-mail report received this afternoon from Robert Krouse, Nigeria mission coordinator for the Church of the Brethren General

Newsline for February 15, 2006

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name….” — Isaiah 43:1b NEWS 1) Conference committee meets with Brethren Mennonite Council. 2) Brethren Volunteers take part in vocations program. 3) Bethany Seminary students and friends visit Greece. 4) Brethren bits: Corrections, remembrances, job openings, more. PERSONNEL 5) Eshbach resigns as

Robert Krouse Completes Service as Nigeria Mission Coordinator

Robert Krouse has completed his term of service as mission coordinator for Nigeria, effective July, 2006. At that time he will have served in the position for two years, working through the Global Mission Partnerships Program of the Church of the Brethren General Board since July of 2004. In Nigeria, he and his wife, Carol,

Boshart Appointed Director of Sudan Initiative for General Board

Jeff Boshart has accepted the position of director for the General Board’s new Sudan Initiative, beginning Jan. 30. He brings a strong background in community development and agricultural knowledge to the position. He and his wife, Peggy, served as economic community development coordinators in the Dominican Republic from 2001-04 through the General Board. In 1992-94,

Record Funding Figures Reported by General Board

In preliminary year-end funding figures, the Church of the Brethren General Board has reported record funding for 2005. The figures came from pre-audit reports of cumulative donations received from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2005. Donations of more than $3.6 million to the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) almost equalled donations to the board’s Core Ministries

Annual Conference Council Approves Office Relocation, Other Business

The Annual Conference Council, the executive committee for the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, has given approval for the transfer of the Annual Conference Office from Elgin, Ill., to New Windsor, Md. The new office location after Aug. 31 will be the New Windsor Service Center, a property of the Church of the Brethren

Personnel Announcements for January 13, 2006

Several personnel announcements have been made recently by Church of the Brethren agencies or Brethren-related organizations, including the General Board, Idaho District, Peter Becker Community, and MAX (Mutual Aid eXchange). Mary Lou Garrison, director of Human Resources for the Church of the Brethren General Board, has announced her retirement effective July 28. She began in

Committee Holds First Meeting on New Mission in Haiti

The Haiti Advisory Committee for the Church of the Brethren mission in Haiti held its first meeting on Dec. 17, 2005, at L’Eglise des Freres Haitiens (Haitian Church of the Brethren) in Miami, Fla. While seeking to clarify its role in the new mission effort, the group received a report of a fledgling Church of