March 4, 2015
- The following report from the annual convocation of Christian Churches Together in the USA (CCT) originally appeared on the “God’s Politics Blog” at the Sojourners website Sojonet. Representing the Church of the Brethren at the CCT meeting were Annual Conference moderator David Steele, moderator-elect Andy Murray, and Brethren Press publisher Wendy McFadden, who serves as president of the Protestant “family” of churches in CCT.
- Donations of more than $1,061,400 have been posted to the Nigeria Crisis Fund, from October 2014 through part of Feb. 2015, received from individuals, congregations, and other groups.
- In December 2014 Larry and Donna Elliott, former Church of the Brethren mission workers in Nigeria, attended a concert at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colo. While strolling through the art gallery before the concert, a big piece of artwork caught their eye--many tiny gingham dresses--and they saw the caption, “Bring Back Our Girls.” They discovered this piece was telling a story that was near and dear to them: the abduction of the schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria.
- Unit 308 of Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) completed orientation on Jan. 25-Feb. 14 at Camp Ithiel in Gotha, Fla. The members of the unit, their home congregations or hometowns, and the project placements follow:
- Register for NOAC now! National Older Adult Conference is Sept. 7-11 at Lake Junaluska, N.C. Register for the conference online at www.brethren.org/NOAC or by mail or fax. Registration forms are available online and in the registration brochure, which has been mailed to past NOAC participants and to the Church of the Brethren congregations. For a brochure contact 800-323-8039 ext. 305 or NOAC2015@brethren.org .
- In this issue: Clergy Tax Seminar postponed, personnel notes, Zigler Hospitality Center seeks volunteers, Mission and Ministry Board to meet in Lancaster, E. Chippewa Church celebrates 125 years, Staunton to host general secretary Stan Noffsinger, Atlantic Southeast’s Venture Fun(d) Day, Camp Blue Diamond sponsors Mutual Kumquat concert, Elizabethtown College first to offer major in Interfaith Leadership Studies, Gun Violence Sabbath Weekend, and more.
Amistad Chapel United Church of Christ, the chapel on the first floor of the UCC’s national offices in Cleveland, was host to three special visitors today. The congregation welcomed a trio of therapy dogs to lift up their remarkable work with persons of varying ages and abilities, bestowing on them a blessing as they continue to change lives.
National officers of the United Church of Christ delivered on their promise to continue raising concerns with Cleveland city officials following the deadly police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. In fact, the officers delivered a letter to the mayor of the city—at his annual address—calling on him to restore justice to the people and confidence to the police department, so that "right relationships may be established between Cleveland’s citizens and those whose job it is to protect and...