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

NCC Leaders Offer Pastoral Advice to Senate on Nuclear Arms Reduction

With perhaps unintended irony, two US senators have declared that Christmas is not the time to move toward peace by reducing the number of nuclear arms in the arsenals of the US and Russia. Today, Dec. 15, general secretary of the National Council of Churches Michael Kinnamon and several heads of NCC member communions, including

Newsline for December 15, 2010

“Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near” (James 5:8). 1) Annual Conference issues 2011 logo, makes online input form available for Special Response. 2) Meeting issues ‘Letter from Santo Domingo to All Churches.’ 3) NCC leaders offer pastoral advice to Senate on nuclear arms reduction. 4) Murray Williams tour proclaims Anabaptist

NCC Centennial Gathering Celebrates 100 Years of Ecumenism

Last week’s Centennial Gathering of the National Council of Churches (NCC) and Church World Service (CWS) brought more than 400 people to New Orleans, La., to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1910 World Mission Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland–an event many church historians regard as the beginning of the modern ecumenical movement. The National Council

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

Newsline for October 21, 2010

Oct. 21, 2010 “…So there will be one flock, one shepherd” (John 10:16b). 1) Moderator joins Archbishop of Canterbury at 40th anniversary of CNI. 2) Heifer International president is co-winner of 2010 World Food Prize. 3) Sudan’s church leaders are concerned about upcoming referendum. PERSONNEL 4) David Shetler to serve as executive for Southern Ohio

Large-Print Advent Devotional, More New Resources from Brethren Press

Brethren Press is offering a large-print version of its annual Advent devotional as a brand-new partner to the regular-print devotional. The 2010 Advent devotional “Emmanuel: God Is with Us,” is written by Edward L. Poling. Congregations and individuals who order by Oct. 1 will receive pre-publication prices. The devotional is available in two sizes: regular

Newsline for September 23, 2010

New at www.brethren.org  is a photo album from Sudan, providing glimpses into the work of Michael Wagner, Church of the Brethren mission staff seconded to the Africa Inland Church-Sudan. Wagner began work in southern Sudan in early July. His home congregation is Mountville (Pa.) Church of the Brethren. Find the album at www.brethren.org/site/PhotoAlbumUser?view=UserAlbum&AlbumID=12209. “If you,

Newsline Special on the 9/11 Anniversary, with Worship Resources

Newsline Newsline Special Sept. 9, 2010 “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39b). 1) Church leaders call for civility in Christian-Muslim relations. 2) Brethren worship resources for the anniversary of Sept. 11. ********************************************************** A note from the editor: This week’s regularly scheduled Newsline will appear later today, featuring an announcement of the theme and preachers