CDS updates children’s resources for use by congregations

By Lisa Crouch Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has been actively reviewing and updating the COVID-19 resource page with new resources for families since the beginning of the pandemic. The Church of the Brethren COVID-19 Response Planning Committee requested a small children’s committee to form to assess additional outreach for church congregations at this unique time

Plans for a denominational virtual choir are moving forward

Church of the Brethren Annual Conference moderator Paul Mundey has announced plans for a denominational virtual choir. A webpage will be available shortly, with resources that will allow people from across the church to add their voice to a mass Church of the Brethren choir. Three hymns are projected to be a part of the

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Brethren offer music online for inspiration, solace, healing

Many Church of the Brethren musicians have been stepping up to provide online performances, concerts or festivals, music downloads, and other offerings for inspiration, comfort, solace, and healing. Following are just a few of these musicians (if you have been inspired by a Brethren musician during this crisis, let Newsline know by sending an email

Unprecedented virtual love feast events get large audience

Two virtual love feasts offered during Holy Week gained a large online audience. The two were unprecedented, church-wide events, held in addition to the virtual love feasts offered by individual congregations in the Church of the Brethren. As of April 15, a week after the live-streamed event, the love feast coordinated by the Office of

Intercultural Ministries offers an online author event with Mungi Ngomane

“Join us for #ConversationsTogether with Mungi Ngomane,” said an invitation from Church of the Brethren Intercultural Ministries director LaDonna Nkosi. “Share the invitation with your churches, friends, family, and peoples, and plan to join us!” The event will take place online via Zoom on Tuesday, May 5, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (Central time). Ngomane is author

National Young Adult Conference to be held virtually in 2020, in-person in 2021

By Becky Ullom Naugle Double dipping! Who doesn’t love two scoops rather than one? National Young Adult Conference (NYAC) will happen two years in a row: once virtually in 2020, and in-person in 2021. The NYAC 2020 theme, “Love in Action,” based on Romans 12:9-18, invites us to make our love for God’s children visible.

Brethren bits for April 25, 2020

New videos: — Paul Mundey, moderator of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, has posted a video Easter message. The message frames the COVID-19 crisis in the hope of Easter/Eastertide, in a video filmed at the historic Dunkard Church on the Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Md. The video titled “God’s Glad Surprise” can be viewed at https://youtu.be/5Eim7SZyeCw . — “Spend

Brethren Academy offers two-part webinar on ‘The Impact of COVID-19 on Pastoral Care’

“The Impact of COVID-19 on Pastoral Care” is a two-part webinar for pastors, chaplains, and other ministering people, offered by the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. The presenter is Debbie Eisenbise, a pastor, spiritual director, and cofounder of Through the Threshold: End of Life Doula Services providing assistance in advance care planning and honoring death

Zoom call yields creative ideas for this year’s National Youth Sunday

By Nolan McBride On April 14, the Church of the Brethren Youth and Young Adult Ministries hosted a Zoom meeting for youth advisors to share ideas for celebrating Youth Sunday in the era of COVID-19. This year, National Youth Sunday is scheduled for May 3. Given the fact that most congregations cannot currently meet in

Webinar offers insights for ‘Leading in a Time of Crisis’

A webinar to help offer insights for “Leading in a Time of Crisis” offered by the Church of the Brethren Discipleship Ministries will be held twice: on Wednesday, April 15, at 3 p.m. (Eastern time), and on Tuesday, April 21, at 8 p.m. (Eastern time). Said an announcement: “In times like these, it is crucial