A grant of $100,000 from the Emergency Disaster Fund is being prepared by Brethren Disaster Ministries, to go to the ACT Alliance for the humanitarian crisis in and around Syria.
Church of the Brethren leaders, congregations, schools, participants at National Older Adult Conference, and other individual members of the church have been responding to the crisis in Syria in a variety of ways, including participating in fasting and prayer for peace in Syria (see the call to a day of fasting and prayer at www.brethren.org/news/2013/day-of-fasting-for-peace-in-syria.html ) .
Newsline Special: Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria
The Church of the Brethren is among some 25 nonprofits writing to President Obama to express concern about plans for military action in Syria. Also today, an Action Alert from the denomination’s Office of Public Witness warns that “military strikes are not the answer in Syria.”
Church of the Brethren ecumenical partners continue to request prayer for two Orthodox archbishops who were kidnapped one month ago in Aleppo, Syria. Following is a message received May 22 by Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger from the Syriac Orthodox and Greek Orthodox dioceses of Aleppo, as forwarded by Larry Miller, secretary of the Global Christian Forum:
“Celebrating the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary in 2008″ (April 7, 2008) — Brethren Disaster Ministries has opened a new Hurricane Katrina rebuilding site in East New Orleans (Arabi), La. An allocation of $25,000 from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) helps fund the new project site, where volunteers will rebuild
“Celebrating the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary in 2008″ (Jan. 14, 2008) — “It was 2 in the morning, when Turkish planes started bombing our village [Leozha],” Musheer Jalap told us as we sat around the floor of a rented house in another village. By the time the fourth bomb hit his home, Musheer’s