March 13, 2013
- A response to the query about equitable representation on the Mission Ministry Board, which came originally from Southern Pennsylvania District, will be on the business docket at the 2013 Conference. The board recommended changes to bylaws of the Church of the Brethren Inc., in a section governing the number and geographic balance of members of the board.
- Recognizing the Church of the Brethren in Spain--and passing on to Annual Conference a recommendation for that body to recognize the fledgling Spanish church, was a key action of the Mission and Ministry Board at its March 8-11 meeting at the General Offices in Elgin, Ill.
March 8, 2013
- 1) Major US ecumenical organizations restructure. 2) Prattsville rebuilding project expands to Schoharie, N.Y. 3) Consultation considers expansion of Haiti Medical Project. 4) Haiti Medical Project grows with strong support from Brethren. 5) Agape-Satyagraha program now at six sites across the country. 6) Historic Brethren documents now available online. 7) Registration opens for National Older Adult Conference. 8) ‘3,000 Miles for Peace’ campaign is underway. 9) Peace Witness Ministries staff...
- In this issue: An urgent call for volunteer kitchen assistants at Zigler Hospitality Center in New Windsor, general secretary attends the DR Asamblea, peace pole dance revolution, Brethren-related colleges go on service projects for spring break, and much much more.
March 7, 2013
- “The New Inglenook Cookbook” is coming to your kitchen this summer! Pre-order now from Brethren Press and save up to 40 percent off the retail price of $28.
- As part of his work as joint staff with the National Council of Churches (NCC), Nathan Hosler has organized a webinar on March 19 at 12 noon on the “Ecumenical Call to Just Peace.” Hosler is director of Peace Witness Ministries for the Church of the Brethren, working out of Washington, D.C. This webinar will feature presenters from four distinct streams of church life.
- On March 1, On Earth Peace kicked-off “3,000 Miles for Peace,” a national campaign of riders and walkers that is raising funds and awareness for violence-prevention in honor of Paul Ziegler, a McPherson (Kan.) College student who had a dream of biking across the country for peace. Tragically, he died in a bicycle accident in September and never got the chance to make his journey. So far, there are over three dozen events planned in 15 states and 3 countries.
- For adults age 50 and older, it is time to register for the denomination’s 2013 National Older Adult Conference (NOAC), held Sept. 2-6 at Lake Junaluska, N.C. The theme of the conference will be “Healing Springs Forth,” with the scripture verse, “Then you will be refreshed in the Lord” (Isaiah 58:14).
- The On Earth Peace program to teach nonviolence and Christian peacemaking to youth, called Agape-Satyagraha, is now active at six sites across the country. Reports Marie Benner-Rhoades, Youth and Young Adult Peace Formation director for On Earth Peace: “Agape-Satyagraha Leadership Training helps junior and senior high youth learn to deal with conflict without using violence by presenting concepts and skills training through the completion of five levels.
- The Haiti Medical Project is growing with strong support from Brethren congregations and individuals. The support is making possible new developments, among them construction of a simple building on the headquarters compound of L’Eglise des Freres Haitiens (the Church of the Brethren in Haiti), the planning of more clinics in cooperation with the Haitian Brethren, and exploration of expansion into other areas such as neo-natal care and public health education.