Office of Peacebuilding and Policy monitors AUMF and withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan

In line with our 2004 Annual Conference “Resolution: Iraq,” 2006 Church of the Brethren “Resolution: An End to the War in Iraq,” and 2011 Church of the Brethren “Resolution on the War in Afghanistan,” the Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy along with our ecumenical and interfaith partners are watching and engaging with developments on the repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (2002 AUMF) and withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

General Secretary and Public Witness Staff Reiterate Support for Nonviolent Measures in Syria and Iraq, CPTer Comments from Iraqi Kurdistan

In a week when US President Barack Obama has announced new air strikes on Islamic State in Syria by a coalition of the US military and several Arab nations, Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger and the denomination’s Office of Public Witness have reiterated a commitment to nonviolent means of change in Syria and Iraq.

US Religious Leaders, WCC Issue Statements on Violence in Iraq

A Faith Forum on Middle East Policy and the World Council of Churches (WCC) have issued statements on the violence occurring in Iraq. Stan Noffsinger, general secretary of the Church of the Brethren, was one of the American church leaders to sign a letter to US President Barack Obama organized by the Faith Forum, that urged alternatives to US military action in Iraq.

Tour Canceled for National Youth Orchestra of Iraq

The United States tour of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq has been canceled because of the instability and violence happening in that nation. This announcement was received through the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, which was to host the Iraqi group in what would have been its American debut.

Peace Among the Peoples’ is Subject for Fourth Plenary Panel

“We are invited as Christians to see working for peace at every level of society as an act of discipleship,” said Lesley Anderson as he opened the fourth plenary panel discussion of the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) on the theme, “Peace among the Peoples.” “The question is, how?” Panel moderator Kjell Magne Bondevik, a

Newsline for December 30, 2010

Online registration opens in the first few days of January for several Church of the Brethren events. On Jan. 3, delegates to the 2011 Annual Conference can begin registering at . Also on Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. (central time), registration for the 2011 workcamps opens at . Registration for the March 2011

Art Gish (1939-2010) Remembered as a Prophet for Peace

July 29, 2010 “…What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8b). ART GISH (1939-2010) REMEMBERED AS A PROPHET FOR PEACE Church of the Brethren peacemaker and activist Arthur G. (Art) Gish, 70, died in a farming accident yesterday morning

Newsline for May 20, 2010

May 20, 2010 “God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh…” (Acts 2:17a). NEWS: 1) Sunday worship, other sessions to be webcast by Annual Conference. 2) New investment options are approved by BBT Board. 3) Bethany Seminary hosts third Presidential Forum. 4) NCC Governing Board calls for end to gun violence.

Newsline for April 7, 2010

  April 7, 2010  “We, who are many, are one body in Christ” (Romans 12:5). NEWS 1) Special Response Resource Committee concludes its work. 2) Denomination’s new Vision Committee holds first meeting. 3) Gather ’Round is ‘starting over.’ 4) On Earth Peace board plans for a future with hope. 5) Brethren Digital Archives group introduces

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