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.
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.
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.
Ten years after the US invasion of Iraq, Christian Peacemaker Teams, together with uncounted Iraqi families, laments the carnage that continues to echo from that moment.
“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
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 www.brethren.org/ac . Also on Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. (central time), registration for the 2011 workcamps opens at www.brethren.org/workcamps . Registration for the March 2011
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
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.
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
March 10, 2010 “O God, you are my God, I seek you…” (Psalm 63:1a). NEWS 1) MAA and Brotherhood Mutual give Safe Ministry Reward to church. 2) Renewed violence in Nigeria prompts call for prayer. 3) Credit Union offers donations to Haiti for loans. 4) Brethren Disaster Ministries calls for more volunteers this