April 29, 2016
- NEWS 1) Annual Conference moderator calls for special day of prayer and fasting on Pentecost 2) Brethren Disaster Ministries begins work at new rebuilding project site in Detroit 3) Children’s Disaster Services presents new training program in Nigeria 4) GFCF grants support church projects in Illinois, Maryland, Spain, Honduras 5) Fellowship of Brethren Homes holds Forum, elects new executive committee 6) International delegation completes racial justice pilgrimage to the United States...
- Andy Murray, moderator of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, is planning Pentecost Sunday, May 15, as a special day of prayer and fasting in preparation for the annual meeting of the denomination. The 2016 Annual Conference will take place June 29-July 3 in Greensboro, N.C.
- “There has been a lot going on at the BDM office over the past few weeks,” said a recent report from Brethren Disaster Ministries director Jenn Dorsch. A major new effort of Brethren Disaster Ministries is a rebuilding project in Detroit, Mich., in an area affected by flooding in August 2014.
- Recent grants from the Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) are providing support to Church of the Brethren-related projects in Illinois, Maryland, Spain, and Honduras. The four grants total $28,456.
- Along with Paul Fry-Miller, John Kinsel, and Josh Kinsel (John’s son), I returned this week from a trip to Nigeria. While John Kinsel and I presented a new training program on trauma healing for children, on behalf of Children’s Disaster Services, Paul Fry-Miller and Norm Waggy presented medical training to 16 community health workers.
- Forum 2016 of the Fellowship of Brethren Homes took place at Brethren Hillcrest Homes in La Verne, Calif., on April 19-21. The forum was hosted by Matthew Neeley, CEO and president, and attended by 21 people. Of the 22 retirement communities in the fellowship, 13 were represented.
- In this issue: Remembering Harriett Finney and Bryan Boyer, Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) seeks an employee benefits specialist, Betty Ann Cherry to give this year’s Juniata College commencement address, Heifer International holds special event in Chicago, and more news by, for, and about Brethren.
April 22, 2016
- NEWS 1) Brethren Disaster Ministries supports work of Heifer International in Ecuador 2) Children’s Disaster Services deploys to Texas following floods 3) Majalisa of the Nigerian Brethren focuses on ‘Building EYN for Better Future’ 4) Elizabethtown College joins Brethren collaboration on Nigeria research 5) World Council of Churches sends team to US for racial justice listening and support PERSONNEL 6) Cindy Sanders to serve as executive for Missouri and Arkansas District 7) Terry...
- Brethren Disaster Ministries has directed a grant of $10,000 from the Church of the Brethren Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to support the work of Heifer International in Ecuador following a massive earthquake last weekend.
- Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has deployed a team of 10 volunteers to Houston, Texas, in response to heavy flooding. The CDS volunteers were to arrive mid-day April 21, and have tentative plans to continue childcare through the beginning of May.