Newsline for March 23, 2011

“Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27). Newsline will have a guest editor for several issues this year. Kathleen Campanella, director of partner and public relations at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., will edit Newsline during three periods of time in April, June, and

Newsline for March 12, 2011

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

Leadership Team Meets, Rejoices Over Deficit Reduction

Rejoicing over a significant reduction in the Annual Conference Fund deficit was a highlight of the January meeting of the Church of the Brethren Leadership Team. The meeting involved general secretary Stan Noffsinger and the three Annual Conference officers: moderator Robert Alley, moderator-elect Tim Harvey, and secretary Fred Swartz. It was held Jan. 26-27 in

Annual Conference Ballot for 2011 Is Released

Logo and theme of the 2011 Annual Conference. Below: A night-time view of Grand Rapids (photo by Gary Syrba courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids). General registration has opened for the 2011 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, go to www.brethren.org/ac . The Conference takes place in Grand Rapids, Mich., on July 2-6. Also, hotel and

Salaam alaikum: Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine

Above, Wallace Cole, a member of the Church of the Brethren’s Mission and Ministry Board, speaks with a young Israeli soldier during the delegation trip to the Middle East (photo by Michael Snarr). Below, Cole with new Palestinian friend Atta Jaber (photo by Rick Polhamus). Salaam alaikum. In a land where this Arabic greeting means “Peace be with

Newsline Special: Commemorating Martin Luther King Day 2011

“…Live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you” (2 Corinthians 13:11b). 1) Church leaders make response to ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail.’ 2) NCC general secretary calls for prayer vigils in response to gun violence. 3) Brethren bits: Brethren-related colleges observe Martin Luther King Day. ******************************************** 1) Church leaders make

Church Leader Joins in National Call to Civility Following Arizona Shooting

Stan Noffsinger, general secretary of the Church of the Brethren, is one of the American religious leaders calling for prayer following the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8. Photo by Marcia Shetler Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger has added his signature to a letter to members of Congress following the shooting

Spanish Language Ministry Training Track Is Available to Brethren

A new Spanish language ministry training track is being created for the Church of the Brethren, through the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership and a Mennonite ministry certification program, Seminario Biblico Anabautista Hispano. The Brethren Academy is a partnership of the Church of the Brethren and Bethany Theological Seminary. In a report to the fall

Newsline for November 18, 2010

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart” (Psalm 9:1a). 1) Progressive Brethren Gathering hears from seminary president. 2) Church helps Haitians access clean water during cholera outbreak. 3) NCC centennial gathering celebrates 100 years of ecumenism. 4) Spanish language ministry training track is available to Brethren. 5) Disaster volunteers receive a

Mission and Ministry Board Sets Framework for Strategic Planning, 2011 Budget

Newsline Special: Mission and Ministry Board holds fall meeting Oct. 21, 2010 “…To give light to those who sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:79).   DENOMINATIONAL BOARD SETS FRAMEWORK FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING, ADOPTS 2011 BUDGET The board theme was “Hearers and