Zoom call yields creative ideas for this year’s National Youth Sunday

By Nolan McBride On April 14, the Church of the Brethren Youth and Young Adult Ministries hosted a Zoom meeting for youth advisors to share ideas for celebrating Youth Sunday in the era of COVID-19. This year, National Youth Sunday is scheduled for May 3. Given the fact that most congregations cannot currently meet in

Brethren bits for April 11, 2020

n this issue: Brethren Village reports COVID-19 cases and deaths, Juniata professor develops new way to test for COVID-19, “New Yorker” piece on hospice care in China features Church of the Brethren worker, National Youth Sunday Idea Swap, Good News Youth Devotional, new online form to submit information for Messenger “Turning Points” pages, and more.

Rwanda workcamp is postponed to May 2021

By Hannah Shultz The Workcamp Ministry of the Church of the Brethren has made the decision to postpone the Rwanda workcamp until May 2021. This decision was made based on current coronavirus trends, recommendations from the CDC, and travel advisories from the State Department that suggest that international travel will not be safe in the

Brethren bits for March 28, 2020

—Brethren Benefit Trust through the Church Workers Assistance Fund has created a COVID-19 Emergency Grant Program. The program has a streamlined application process to provide financial support to church workers (pastors, office staff, etc.) whose financial situation is adversely affected because of COVID-19 related issues. This would include help for bi-vocational pastors whose non-church work

Christian Citizenship Seminar 2020 is cancelled

By Becky Ullom Naugle Due to the continued concerns related to the coronavirus, Christian Citizenship Seminar (CCS) 2020 has been cancelled. Staff laments this cancellation but cannot continue making plans in the current environment. Had the event taken place as planned on April 25-30, more than 40 youth and advisors from 11 districts would have

Church of the Brethren staff plan to go forward with spring and summer events, while monitoring circumstances surrounding coronavirus

The Church of the Brethren staff planning events this spring and summer do not intend to make any cancellations because of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). However, they are assessing risks and monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other health authorities to plan ahead for eventualities and circumstances beyond their control. Brethren

Brethren bits for Feb. 28, 2020

—Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) director Emily Tyler has expressed shock and heartbreak over recent news about Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche network of more than 154 communities in 38 countries where people with intellectual disabilities and those without intellectual disabilities live together in community. In a statement from L’Arche International, an inquiry that began in

National Youth Cabinet selects National Youth Sunday theme

By Rachel Johnson and Eric Finet The National Youth Cabinet would like to let you know what we did at our annual meeting, along with who came and what the theme for National Youth Sunday 2020 will be. The meeting was at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. At this meeting

Spring break service trips are offered by Brethren Volunteer Service

By Hannah Shultz For the first time, Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) is offering spring break service trips for college students. Join BVS in Boston either the first or second week of March 2020 for the opportunity to serve with organizations that are working to end hunger and provide essential resources to the Boston community. Dates