August 2, 2015
Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary will offer four courses to the general public starting in September 1 and 2, 2015. The classes, which offer non-degree students opportunities to increase their knowledge about the Orthodox Christian faith, will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Prior coursework is not required....
August 1, 2015
- 1) Open Roof Award honors disabilities efforts of two Church of the Brethren congregations 2) Material Resources contributes to shipment of relief supplies for Syrian refugees 3) Southeastern District begins consideration of query focused on On Earth Peace, adopts ‘Resolution on Same-Sex Marriage’ 4) US and Nigerian Brethren gather for love feast at Camp Ithiel in Atlantic Southeast District 5) Rare Bible at Bridgewater College nominated for statewide preservation program 6) Nancy Sollenberger...
- The 2015 Open Roof Award was presented on behalf of the Disabilities Ministry of Congregational Life Ministries to two Church of the Brethren congregations: Cedar Lake Church of the Brethren in Northern Indiana District, and Staunton (Va.) Church of the Brethren in Shenandoah District. The award was given to representatives of the two churches during the Mission and Ministry Board meeting in Tampa, Fla., in advance of Annual Conference.
- The Church of the Brethren Material Resources program has loaded two 40-foot containers filled with Hygiene Kits and School kits, and shipped them to aid Syrian refugees fleeing from the violence afflicting the Middle East. This shipment was arranged by the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in partnership with Church World Service (CWS), reports Material Resources office coordinator Terry Goodger.
- Following the closing worship service of the 229th Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, in Tampa, Fla., there was a second gathering of Brethren at Camp Ithiel in Atlantic Southeast District. The EYN Women’s Fellowship Choir and a number of other guests from Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) stayed at the camp for a time of rest and recovery following a demanding tour that took them to Church of the Brethren congregations across the United...
- Nancy Sollenberger Heishman has been named part-time coordinator of the Spanish-Language Ministry Training Programs for the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, beginning July 22.
- Interest in attending the 2015 National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) is running high, with more than 850 people already registered. The event takes place Sept. 7-11 in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Registration continues up to the start of the conference, with a $25 first-timer discount on the registration fee available to people who are attending for the first time.
- Peace Day (Sept. 21) is quickly approaching, and On Earth Peace is urging your congregation to participate in praying for peace and building a culture of peace this year. The Church of the Brethren holds the belief that creating and standing for peace is a duty of followers of Jesus, holding to verses like Romans 14:19, “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”
- A children’s activity book “Children of the Same Mother” aims to help American children understand the crisis affecting Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). It is just one of the new Nigeria-related resources offered by Brethren Press, and debuted at the bookstore at the 2015 Annual Conference in Tampa.
- In this issue: Correction; remembering David Huffaker, Conrad Snavely, Jerry Rodeffer, and Emlyn Harley Kline; Kate Edelen to work with Office of Public Witness; job opening at World Student Christian Federation; Mission and Ministry Board sets 2016 budget parameter at Annual Conference meeting; and more news from the 2015 Conference and around the church.