Remembering H. Lamar Gibble

H. Lamar Gibble, 91, a former longterm staff member of the Church of the Brethren noted for his ecumenical work as Peace and International Affairs Consultant/Europe and Asia Representative, died on Oct. 29 in Elgin, Ill.

Faith groups’ letter to Pres. Biden urges pursuit of diplomacy to avoid nuclear catastrophe

More than two dozen faith groups, including the Church of the Brethren’s Office of Peacebuilding and Policy, have written a letter to President Biden urging the abolition of nuclear weapons, and stating that “the possession and use of nuclear weapons cannot be justified.” The letter comes after the Biden administration responded with threats of “catastrophic consequences” to Russian Pres. Putin’s veiled threats to use nuclear weapons.

So what does the World Council of Churches do?

Text and photos by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, director of News Services for the Church of the Brethren A few weeks ago I was telling some friends about the prospect of attending the World Council of Churches Assembly, the WCC’s 11th, in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany. I’d be participating as an observer and reporter accompanying the

National Faith Leaders Roundtable on Climate Change is announced

“Blessed Tomorrow,” the faith program of ecoAmerica, along with a host committee, is convening a roundtable of 20 to 25 national faith leaders, in person, to discuss and plan denominational, organizational, and collective efforts to catalyze public engagement and political action on climate solutions.

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Ecumenical faith letter on the US budget is sent to Congress

On June 7, the NCC signed onto a faith letter to the US Congress regarding US budget priorities. Among our partners in this effort were the Alliance of Baptists; American Friends Service Committee; Church of the Brethren, Office of Peacebuilding and Policy; Friends Committee on National Legislation; Pennsylvania Council of Churches; Presbyterian Church (USA); Presbyterian Peace Fellowship; United Methodist Church–General Board of Church and Society; and United Church of Christ, Justice and Local Church Ministries.

Office of Peacebuilding and Policy signs on to letter to President Biden encouraging creative peacebuilding for Ukraine

The Church of the Brethren’s Office of Peacebuilding and Policy signed on to an April 6 letter to President Biden, that was sent cooperatively with several other partner organizations. The letter called on the President to “think creatively about how to end this catastrophe rather than maintaining it through violence and escalations” and offered “examples of creative, courageous nonviolent resistance.”

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