Bethany Seminary Begins Its Search for a New President

Bethany Seminary’s Board of Trustees and Presidential Search Committee have begun inviting inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of president of the seminary. President Ruthann Knechel Johansen has announced her plans to retire from the position on June 30 next year. Located in Richmond, Ind., Bethany Theological Seminary is the graduate school and academy for theological education for the Church of the Brethren. […]

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BVS Director Participates in Conference Call with Selective Service

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) director Dan McFadden today participated in a telephone conference call with the Selective Service System. The Selective Service System hosted the call to update participants about Alternative Service plans in the event that a draft is ever called for by the US Congress. The call was hosted by Cassandra Costley, manager of the Alternative Service Program for SSS. […]

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Newsline for June 14, 2012

This Newsline includes the following stories: 1) A large group prepares for licensing to the ministry in Haiti. 2) Church staff involved in ecumenical prayer service for peace in Syria. 3) BVS director participates in conference call with Selective Service. 4) Grants are given to start new Brethren disaster project sites. 5) Nigerian Brethren are among those killed, injured in Sunday attacks. 6) Webcasts offer opportunity to worship with Conference, from a distance. 7) Conference blood drive is a way to reach out to host city. 8) MSS interns begin a summer of service to the church. 9) Brethren bits: District contact info., NYAC webcasts, new peace witness logo, Elder John Kline birthday party, and much more. […]

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Brethren Bits for June 14, 2012

This issue of “Brethren Bits” includes new contact information for Southeastern District, how to connect to NYAC webcasts, a new logo for the church’s advocacy and peace witness office in Washington, D.C., an invitation to Elder John Kline’s birthday party, and much more. […]

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Nigerian Brethren Are Among Those Killed, Injured in Sunday Attacks

A congregation of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN–the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) was one of those attacked on Sunday by Islamist extremists. At least one EYN member was killed and several more injured. Nigerian church leaders have been requesting prayer for the situation in their country, where the Boko Haram sect has been targeting churches as well as government facilities and police stations with terrorist-type violence. […]

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Grants Are Given to Start New Brethren Disaster Project Sites

Two grants have been given from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to start new Brethren Disaster Ministries project sites in New York State and Alabama. Other recent EDF grants also have been announced in response to Church World Service (CWS) appeals for Pakistan and northern Africa. In related news, the Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) also has announced a grant to a Rural Development Program in Nigeria. […]

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MSS Interns Begin a Summer of Service to the Church

The 2012 class of Ministry Summer Service interns have been holding orientation June 1-6 at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. The mentors for each intern joined the orientation for the last two days of the event. Below is a list of interns and mentors, as well as the ministry settings in which they will serve for the next 10 weeks: […]

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