Newsline for June 21, 2006

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed…” — Romans 12:2 NEWS 1) PBS to feature Civilian Public Service on ‘History Detectives.’ 2) Young adults are called to experience transformation. 3) IMA supports Brethren response to Katrina and Rita disasters. 4) Mid-Atlantic Disaster Auction sets record. 5) Young Center announces Donald F. Durnbaugh

A Brethren Volunteer Reflects on ‘Pray-In’ Outside White House

By Todd Flory “The Church of the Brethren has a really good bumper sticker like that. Have you seen those?” His right hand gripped mine in a firm hand shake, his left index finger tapped the front of my shirt that read, “When Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies,’ I think he probably meant don’t kill

Brethren Witness/Washington Office Issues Holy Week Action Alert

An April 12 “Action Alert” from the Brethren Witness/Washington Office of the Church of the Brethren General Board highlights “several issues before Congress that truly address the need for our shared love, as exemplified by the sacrificial love of Christ, in whom we rejoice, mourn, and celebrate this Holy week.” Saying that “the following are

Three Christian Peacemaker Team Workers Freed in Baghdad

Three Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) workers who disappeared in Iraq four months ago have been freed. CPT confirmed news reports this morning that the hostages–Harmeet Singh Sooden, Jim Loney and Norman Kember–were freed without violence by British and US military. Tom Fox, the fourth CPT worker who disappeared Nov. 26, 2005, was found dead in

Newsline Special Report for March 17, 2006

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you….” — Isaiah 43:2a NEWS 1) General Board meeting dominated by properties issue. FEATURE 2) Iraq reflection by Peggy Gish: `Tom, we will greatly miss you.’ For more Church of the Brethren news, go to www.brethren.org, click on “News” to find a news feature, “Brethren

Iraq Reflection: ‘Tom, We Will Greatly Miss You’

By Peggy Gish Following is a remembrance of Tom Fox by Peggy Gish, a Church of the Brethren member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams working in Iraq. Fox was found dead in Baghdad on March 9. He was a Quaker and an American member of CPT who disappeared with three other CPT workers in Baghdad

Death of Peacemaker Tom Fox

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me….” — Psalm 23:4a STATEMENTS FROM ON EARTH PEACE AND CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS, ON THE DEATH OF PEACEMAKER TOM FOX Tom Fox, one of four members of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) who have been missing

Christian Peacemaker Teams Responds to Latest Video of Peacemakers Missing in Iraq

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) issued a press release today in response to a new videotape showing members of the organization abducted in Iraq in Nov. 2005. The tape aired today on Al-Jazeera television was dated Feb. 28, according to ABC News, and showed three of four CPT members alive–Canadians James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh

Iraqis, Religious Leaders Try to ‘Get in the Way’ of Sectarian Violence

The following report from Peggy Gish, a Church of the Brethren member of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in Iraq, was taken from a CPT press release dated Feb. 25. “An Iraqi human rights worker was interviewing members of our team for her radio show, when we heard the news. The Shi’a Al-Askari shrine in Samarra,

Violence, Feasts, and Gifts: A Reflection from Peacemaker Teams in Iraq

Two weeks ago, just after supper, we heard the sound of heavy shooting, much louder and longer than the common gun battles on the streets. Neighbors were out on the streets wondering what was happening, and soon concluded that it was US air strikes in another neighborhood some distance from here. We have not yet