(June 12, 2007) — The Church of the Brethren congregations in Puerto Rico held their 20th Island Assembly in early June. The churches also celebrated the graduation of the third class of students from the Puerto Rico Theological Institute. On June 1, the Instituto Teológico de Puerto Rico awarded nine students certificates for completing the
(June 5, 2007) — Membership in the Church of the Brethren membership declined by 1,814 in 2006, according to reports received by the denomination. That represents a decrease of 1.4 percent from the previous year, about the same as the decline in 2005. Total reported membership in the US and Puerto Rico now stands at
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” — John 1:5 NEWS 1) Christian Peace Witness for Iraq is ‘a candle in the darkness.’ 2) Vital Pastor program continues to launch and conclude pastor groups. 3) Disaster Child Care provides training workshops. 4) Brethren Disaster Response appeals for more volunteers.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation….” — Psalm 27:1a NEWS 1) Neuman-Lee and Shumate head 2007 Annual Conference ballot. 2) General Board Executive Committee visits disaster relief in the Gulf. 3) Gather ’Round staff set plans for future 4) Brethren member participates in Darfur work of UN subcommittee. 5) Fund gives grants to
“Love never ends.” — 1 Corinthians 13:8a NEWS 1) Easing burdens of disaster recovery in Mississippi. 2) Disaster Child Care responding in New York, Pacific Northwest. 3) Committee on Interchurch Relations sets interfaith focus for 2007. 4) Brethren Revival Fellowship BVS unit has begun service. 5) Atlantic Southeast District conference is held in Puerto Rico.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul.” — Psalm 104:1a NEWS 1) Leaders for the 2007 Annual Conference are announced. 2) Brethren professor presents to World Council of Churches conference. 3) On Earth Peace commemorates day for peace, holds Together conversations. 4) Disaster grants go to Mississippi rebuilding, Church World Service. 5) Disaster response in Virginia
“Ascribe power to God….” — Psalm 68:34a NEWS 1) ‘Proclaim the Power of God’ is theme for Annual Conference 2007. 2) El Tema de la Conferencia Anual de 2007 es ‘Proclamar el Poder de Dios.’ 3) Brethren Service Center committee holds first meeting. 4) Shipments of relief materials continue one year after Katrina. 5) ‘Being
“Proclaim the Power of God” (Psalm 68:34-35) is the theme for the 221st Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, to be held in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 30-July 4, 2007. The theme and accompanying scripture was announced by the Program and Arrangements Committee after its mid-August meeting at the Church of the Brethren
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God.” — Ephesians 2:19 NEWS 1) Cross Cultural Celebration reflects on the household of God. 2) Celebración Intercultural refleja la casa de Dios. 3) Brethren in Puerto Rico ask for prayer for
Puerto Rican Brethren ask for prayer for island’s financial crisis Brethren from Puerto Rico who were at the Church of the Brethren’s Cross Cultural Consultation and Celebration in Pennsylvania May 4-7, asked fellow participants to pray for the island during its current financial crisis. As of May 1 nearly 100,000 government employees including teachers and