With the threat of a Russian invasion looming in Ukraine, faith communities are uniting in their message to Congress and the Biden administration, calling for leaders to protect human lives and prevent war. The Church of the Brethren’s Office of Peacebuilding and Policy has joined other Christian denominations and interfaith groups in sending a joint letter to Congress and the Biden administration. The letter, dated Jan. 27, 2022, urged leaders in the US, Russia, and Ukraine to invest in diplomacy, reject a militaristic response, and act to prevent human suffering.
Following a World Council of Churches (WCC) meeting with church leaders from Russia, Syria, the United States, and Europe on the role of the church moving all parties in Syria toward a peace agreement. Kofi Annan, former United Nations secretary-general, and Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Representative for Syria, joined the group of Christian leaders today at the WCC Ecumenical Institute Center. Church of the Brethren general secretary Stanley J. Noffsinger was one of the American church leaders at the meeting.
A dancer symbolically acts out the suffering of the world, as a lament is read listing the many ways humanity experiences violence. The dancer lifted a wet cloth from a basin of water and wrung it out high over her head, letting the water flow down like tears over her face and body. Photos by
Online registration opens in the first few days of January for several Church of the Brethren events. On Jan. 3, delegates to the 2011 Annual Conference can begin registering at www.brethren.org/ac . Also on Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. (central time), registration for the 2011 workcamps opens at www.brethren.org/workcamps . Registration for the March 2011
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
“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
“Celebrating the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary in 2008” “But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along…” (Matthew 18:18a). Two Church of the Brethren leaders were among some 300 international religious and political figures, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at a dialogue in New York yesterday evening, Sept. 25.
September 25, 2008 “Celebrating the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary in 2008” “All their neighbors aided them…” (Ezra 1:6a). DISASTER RESPONSE UPDATE 1) Disaster grants aid the Caribbean, Children’s Disaster Service continues work in Texas. UPCOMING EVENTS 2) Faith Expedition to study indigenous coffee region of Mexico. 3) On Earth Peace offers Israel/Palestine delegation
“Celebrating the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary in 2008” “Oh Lord…how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1) NEWS 1) Brethren Disaster Ministries receives $50,000 grant to continue Katrina rebuilding. 2) Ministry Summer Service participants complete internship program. 3) Mission trip to the Dominican Republic builds faith, relationships. 4) Brethren bits:
1) The Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, Ind., was destroyed Wednesday by fire. 2) A Manchester congregation member reflects on what was lost, but what was saved. 3) The Butler Chapel A.M.E. church in Orangeburg, S.C. will be dedicated this weekend. 4) WWW.Brethren.Org, the new official denominational web site, is now online with information about the Butler