Newsline for Sept. 27, 2013

1) Preachers are announced for Annual Conference 2014, nominations are sought for next year’s elections. 2) Coordinators of NYC 2014 issue challenge for Brethren youth to exceed capacity at host university. 3) BBT eliminates position of manager of Pension Operations. 4) Clergy Women’s Retreat is planned for January in southern California. 5) ‘Prodigal Christianity’ author to speak at General Offices, Bethany, N. Ohio District. 6) Advent devotional, outdoor ministry curriculum are among new resources from Brethren Press. 7) Feature: Bethany president focuses on making seminary a priority for the church. 8) Brethren bits. […]

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Advent Devotional, Outdoor Ministry Curriculum Are Among New Resources from Brethren Press

“Good News of Great Joy,” the Advent devotional from Brethren Press, and “Get Real: Finding Your True Self in Jesus,” the outdoor ministries camping curriculum for the summer of 2014, are now available. Purchase these and more resources from Brethren Press at 800-441-3712 or www.brethrenpress.com. A shipping and handling charge will be added to the listed price.
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Coordinators of NYC 2014 Issue Challenge for Brethren Youth to Exceed Capacity at Host University

What if so many people registered for National Youth Conference (NYC) that Colorado State University ran out of room to house everyone? That’s the challenge NYC coordinators Katie Cummings, Tim Heishman, and Sarah Neher are issuing to Brethren youth and to the denomination as a whole. The conference is scheduled for July 19-24, 2014, in Fort Collins, Colo. […]

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BBT Eliminates Position of Manager of Pension Operations

Given the ongoing challenges of providing a competitive and cost effective Pension Plan to members, Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) has concluded that the agency needs to refocus resources. Therefore, BBT has taken another step to streamline the Benefits Department and has eliminated the position of Manager of Pension Operations, which has been held by John Carroll.
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Brethren Bits for September 27

Brethren bits for Sept. 27. This week: Shine seeks curriculum writers, September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, a banquet celebrates Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry, solidarity and concern for Christians in Pakistan following the bombing of All Saints Church, and much more. […]

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Preachers Are Announced for Annual Conference 2014, Nominations Are Sought for Next Year’s Elections

The list of preachers and others who will be leading worship at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren has been announced. The 2014 Annual Conference takes place in Columbus, Ohio, on July 2-6, a Wednesday through Sunday schedule. Delegate registration opens in early January. General registration will open in mid-February. Also from the Conference Office: a call for nominations. […]

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Bethany President Focuses on Making Seminary a Priority for the Church

This interview with Jeff Carter, the new president at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., was provided to Newsline by Frank Ramirez, pastor of Everett (Pa.) Church of the Brethren. Ramirez interviewed Carter while both were attending the National Older Adult Conference in Lake Junaluska, N.C., in early September. “I want Bethany to be your first thought in theological education,” Carter said, “and I want Bethany to be your first thought as a church resource.”
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‘Prodigal Christianity’ Author to Speak at General Offices, Bethany, N. Ohio District

The Church of the Brethren is hosting David Fitch on a speaking tour Oct. 21-23. Workshops and lectures take place at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill.; Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind.; and the Northern Ohio District Office in Ashland, Ohio. An additional event takes place at Ashland Theological Seminary. […]

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Church Leaders Discuss Moving Syria to Peace; General Secretary Attends with Syria, Russia, US, Europe Leaders

Following a World Council of Churches (WCC) meeting with church leaders from Russia, Syria, the United States, and Europe on the role of the church moving all parties in Syria toward a peace agreement. Kofi Annan, former United Nations secretary-general, and Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Representative for Syria, joined the group of Christian leaders today at the WCC Ecumenical Institute Center. Church of the Brethren general secretary Stanley J. Noffsinger was one of the American church leaders at the meeting. […]

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