Brethren Disaster Ministries Marks Fifth Anniversary of Katrina

Church of the Brethren Newsline Aug. 27, 2010 Above, a Children’s Disaster Services volunteer cares for an infant following Hurricane Katrina. Five years later, the Church of the Brethren is still working to mitigate the suffering caused by the hurricane, with an ongoing Brethren Disaster Ministries rebuilding project in St. Bernard Parish near New Orleans. Below, a volunteer […]

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Church of the Brethren Membership Experiences Decline in 2009

Church of the Brethren Newsline Aug. 27, 2010 The Church of the Brethren denomination’s membership declined by almost 1,600 people in 2009, according to data from the “Church of the Brethren Yearbook,” and continues a decades-long trend of declining membership since the 1960s. The denomination’s total membership stood at 122,810 in 2009, declining from the […]

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Newsline for August 27, 2010

The Internal Revenue Service is warning that small nonprofit organizations may be at risk of losing tax-exempt status if they have not filed required returns for the last three years (2007 through 2009). Churches are not required to file, but some nonprofits connected to churches may fall under this requirement, put in place with the […]

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Districts Begin Hearings on Issues of Sexuality

Church of the Brethren Newsline Aug. 27, 2010 One of the hearings on the Special Response process held at Annual Conference was standing room only–until a larger venue was found for the crowd. The two hearings were sponsored by the Standing Committee of district delegates. Photo by Glenn Riegel Some Church of the Brethren districts have […]

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BBT Urges US President to Help Protect Indigenous Peoples

Church of the Brethren Newsline Aug. 13, 2010 In a letter dated Aug. 6, Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) has urged President Barack Obama to lead the US government in supporting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The letter, signed by BBT president Nevin Dulabaum and Steve Mason, BBT’s director of socially responsible […]

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Brethren Contribute $40,000 to Flood Relief in Pakistan

A man in Baluchistan province, Pakistan, surveys his destroyed home and equipment following monsoon flooding that has devastated the country. The Church of the Brethren has given a $40,000 grant to aid Church World Service relief efforts there (see story below). Photo by Saleem Dominic, courtesy of CWS-P/A Church of the Brethren Newsline Aug. 13, 2010 The Church of […]

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Church Gains Memo of Understanding with Selective Service System

BVS director Dan McFadden (at right above) talks with a participant at the recent National Youth Conference in Colorado, during an early morning peace vigil. BVS and the Church of the Brethren have reached a new agreement with the Selective Service System to be able to place conscientious objectors in the event a military draft is reinstated. […]

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Church of the Brethren Joins Complaint on CIA Treatment of Detainees

Church of the Brethren Newsline Aug. 13, 2010 The Church of the Brethren has joined as a complainant in support of a complaint to the Office of Human Research Protections regarding evidence of CIA violations of prisoners. The complaint is being led by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). The complaint has been sparked […]

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Newsline for Aug. 12, 2010

Aug. 12, 2010   “How good it is to sing praises to our God…” (Psalm 147:1b).   1) Church gains memo of understanding with Selective Service System. 2) Conference considers ‘Peace Among the Peoples.’ 3) Church of the Brethren joins complaint on CIA treatment of detainees. 4) BBT urges US President to help protect indigenous […]

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