Borders are everywhere. There are borders separating countries/nations, borders drawn between states or municipalities, and even borders that define factory areas or commerce areas within cities. Some say we have to have borders. But what if borders between countries didn’t exist? What if people could travel from one area to another without hostility? The Peace Bell in Hiroshima’s Peace Park in Japan imagines such a world.
Brethren Volunteer Service workers at the World Friendship Center in Hiroshima, Japan, recently helped organize a concert for peace given by American Brethren folk singer Mike Stern on April 13.
Since 1895 the world recognizes individuals through the Nobel Prize for achievements in various fields such as economics, physics, literature, or medicine. The Nobel Peace Prize is the best known and perhaps the most revered prize as it recognizes a peacemaker in a world that is often in conflict. There is another peace prize award. It is not as well known and has a history only since 2001. It is the Okinawa Peace Prize.
A stranded boat, grounded after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries is supporting relief work in Japan through its partnership with Church World Service (CWS). Photo by CWS/Takeshi Komino Tokyo, Japan – Tuesday March 29, 2011 – Nearly three weeks after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeastern
“The Lord of hosts is with us” (Psalm 46:11a). Church provides grant for disaster relief in Japan; Brethren Disaster Ministries, BVS receive reports from partner organizations Location of the devastation in Japan. Map provided by FEMA An initial grant of $25,000 from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund is being given in support of disaster relief work
1) Church board issues call to prayer for Japan and all affected by earthquake and tsunami. 2) Brethren Disaster Ministries begins planning to support CWS relief efforts in Japan. 1) Church board issues call to prayer for Japan and all affected by earthquake and tsunami. The Church of the Brethren’s Mission and Ministry Board this
In its first grants of 2011, the Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) has allocated funds to support a water project in Niger, a girls’ school in Sudan, an institute in Japan, and the Global Policy Forum at the United Nations. The Nagarta Water for Life project in Niger has received a
January 26, 2011 “…That your joy may be complete” (John 15:11b). A photo of the Mack house in Germantown, Pa., is one of the “Hidden Gems” displayed at a new page at www.brethren.org posted by the Brethren Historical Library and Archive. Photos and captions describe interesting pieces from the archival collection at the Church of
“Celebrating the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary in 2008” “…Walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8b). NEWS 1) Visit to India Brethren finds a church maintaining its faith. 2) Historic Peace Churches Asia gathering is held in Indonesia. 3) Grants help continue Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts. 4) Nigerian church leader completes doctoral study on
December 19, 2007 “To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:11). NEWS 1) Committee makes progress on new organization for Brethren agencies. 2) Annual Conference Council holds envisioning retreat. 3) Around 50 Brethren attend vigil against School of the Americas. 4) Brethren