December 11, 2014
- NEWS: 1) Church of the Brethren general secretary attends launch of Ecumenical Peace Advocacy Network. PERSONNEL: 2) Jocelyn Snyder to coordinate orientation for Brethren Volunteer Service. UPCOMING EVENTS: 3) Children’s Disaster Services workshops offer training opportunities. 4) Brethren Academy updates course list for 2015. FEATURES: 5) The Pastor’s Study: Leaning into the Light. 6) Iraqi Kurdistan: Project ‘Bringing Hope and Fun’ begins in Arbat IDP camp. 7) Brethren bits.
- To build just and sustainable peace, engaging churches as well as ecumenical organizations and civil society, the World Council of Churches (WCC) has launched an Ecumenical Peace Advocacy Network (EPAN). The launch came out of a consultation on Dec. 1-5 in Sigtuna, Sweden.
December 10, 2014
- Children’s Disaster Services (CDS), which is a Church of the Brethren program and a part of Brethren Disaster Ministries, has announced a number of workshops in early 2015.
- The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership has issued an updated list of courses for 2015. The Brethren Academy is a partnership of the Church of the Brethren and Bethany Theological Seminary.
- Advent is upon us. The four Sundays before Christmas are set apart by the church as a season of waiting with anticipation for the Light of the World.
- Jocelyn Snyder begins Jan. 5 as orientation coordinator for Brethren Volunteer Service. Her work will be based at the BVS office at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill.
- In this issue: Peter Becker Community announces leadership transition, Bethany Seminary seeks director of educational technology, Kulp Bible College resumes classes in new location in Nigeria, Little Swatara celebrates a 50th, Living Stream online worship features the Mambulas, and much much more.
December 2, 2014
- NEWS 1) Haiti Medical Project receives second grant from Royer Family Charitable Foundation. 2) Congregational Life Ministries leader addresses Powerhouse at Camp Mack. PERSONNEL 3) Carl and Roxane Hill to co-direct Nigeria crisis response RESOURCES 4) Congregational Life blog adds dimension to Brethren Press Advent devotional FEATURES 5) Reflections on returning to South Sudan. 6) Borderlands reflection: ‘What did you go out to the desert to see?’ Luke 7:26. 7) Brethren bits
- For the second year the Royer Family Charitable Foundation of Lancaster, Pa., is providing major support to the Church of the Brethren Haiti Medical Project. The current grant of $126,300 will support an expanded program of mobile clinics, a first Social Ministries Consultation in Haiti, a new thrust into community health and pure water projects, and an endowment fund.
- More than 80 youth and advisors met at Camp Mack in Milford, Ind., on Nov. 15-16 for the Powerhouse regional youth conference sponsored by Manchester University. All six Midwest districts of the Church of the Brethren were represented, covering Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin.