Conference Approves Variety of Polity Changes, Discontinues the CIR

In other business, the Annual Conference approved a variety of polity changes for districts and the Program and Arrangements Committee, approved a recommendation to discontinue the Committee on Interchurch Relations (CIR) in anticipation of a new vision for ecumenical witness, gave two groups additional time to work on revisions to the Ethics for Congregations document and response to climate change, and recommended a cost of living increase for pastor salaries.

Leadership Team Meets, Rejoices Over Deficit Reduction

Rejoicing over a significant reduction in the Annual Conference Fund deficit was a highlight of the January meeting of the Church of the Brethren Leadership Team. The meeting involved general secretary Stan Noffsinger and the three Annual Conference officers: moderator Robert Alley, moderator-elect Tim Harvey, and secretary Fred Swartz. It was held Jan. 26-27 in

Annual Conference Ballot for 2011 Is Released

Logo and theme of the 2011 Annual Conference. Below: A night-time view of Grand Rapids (photo by Gary Syrba courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids). General registration has opened for the 2011 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, go to . The Conference takes place in Grand Rapids, Mich., on July 2-6. Also, hotel and

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

Mission and Ministry Board Sets Framework for Strategic Planning, 2011 Budget

Newsline Special: Mission and Ministry Board holds fall meeting Oct. 21, 2010 “…To give light to those who sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:79).   DENOMINATIONAL BOARD SETS FRAMEWORK FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING, ADOPTS 2011 BUDGET The board theme was “Hearers and

Newsline for Sept. 9, 2010

Newsline A prayer circle on Sept. 3 at the church’s General Offices offered a blessing for the 15 Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) workers attending a retreat, and for Robert and Linda Shank (shown at left above), church staff preparing to travel to North Korea to teach in a new university there. Global Mission Partnerships executive

Newsline for Dec. 3, 2009

Newsline is the Church of the Brethren e-mail news service. Go to to subscribe or unsubscribe. Dec. 3, 2009 “The Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28b). NEWS 1) National Council of Churches issues messages supporting nuclear disarmament, health care reform. 2) New Fire young adult movement dreams, takes action. 3) Bethany Seminary announces new

National Council of Churches Leader Proclaims Importance of Working for Peace

223rd Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren San Diego, California — June 29, 2009 Michael Kinnamon, general secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ (NCC), was the featured speaker at the annual Ecumenical Luncheon hosted by the Church of the Brethren’s Committee on Interchurch Relations (CIR). Church of the Brethren general secretary

Conference Reaffirms 1954 Paper on Secret Oath-Bound Societies, Addresses Other Business

223rd Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren San Diego, California — June 29, 2009 The Annual Conference has respectfully returned the “Query: Secret Oath-Bound Societies”  and reaffirmed the statement on membership in secret societies that was passed by the 1954 Annual Conference–with an amendment asking the Conference officers to appoint a three-member group to develop resources

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