Newsline for Oct. 4, 2013

1) Children have disaster consequences too: CDS serves in Colorado following floods. 2) Nigerian Brethren die in more violent attacks on communities, churches. 3) Webinar series to give information about Brethren ministries for young people. 4) New resources include calendar to learn Philippians, Domestic Violence Awareness, Children’s Sabbaths, more. 5) Curriculum helps youth develop beliefs on peace, conscientious objection. 6) Workcamps schedule is announced for 2014. 7) US church leaders renew emphasis on immigration. 8) Bethany’s ‘Explore Your Call’ 2014 to be held in Colorado prior to NYC. 9) Brethren bits. […]

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US Church Leaders Renew Emphasis on Immigration

By Wendy McFadden. Christian leaders representing the breadth of Christian churches and denominations in the US have renewed their emphasis on the issue of immigration. Immigration was the main topic at the annual meeting of Christian Churches Together earlier this year, and the CCT steering committee has announced that the urgency of the matter–particularly in light of congressional delays on immigration reform–will keep it in front of the organization’s annual meeting through 2015.
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Brethren Bits for Oct. 4, 2013

In this issue: remembering Duane Ramsey, Brethren Disaster Ministries honors longterm volunteer Helen Kinsel, job openings at the World Council of Churches and at Camp Swatara, a difficult court decision for Haitians in the Dominican Republic, and much more. […]

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Workcamps Schedule Is Announced for 2014

The schedule for the 2014 summer workcamps offered by the Church of the Brethren is now available online at www.brethren.org/workcamps/schedule . Workcamps will be offered for junior high youth, BRF senior high youth, young adults, and an intergenerational group. Because senior high youth will be attending National Youth Conference in July 2014, a full slate of workcamps for senior high youth will be offered again in 2015.
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New Resources Include Calendar to Learn Philippians, Domestic Violence Awareness, Children’s Sabbaths, More

October offers congregations the opportunity to participate in two national observances promoting the welfare of families and children: Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Children’s Sabbaths Celebration. A calendar for learning the book of Philippians by heart also begins in October, offered by the Annual Conference moderator as a focus for Bible study in preparation for the 2014 annual meeting. […]

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Webinar Series to Give Information About Brethren Ministries for Young People

New “non-event” resources from the Youth and Young Adult Ministry this year are a series of webinars by denominational staff whose ministries relate to youth and young adults. These staff have teamed up to provide informational and educational webinars geared toward those who work with Church of the Brethren youth and young adults as advisors, pastors, or parents. […]

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Curriculum Helps Youth Develop Beliefs on Peace, Conscientious Objection

Call of Conscience, a Church of the Brethren web-based curriculum, is available to download from www.brethren.org/CO . Written by Julie Garber, this resource is designed to help youth develop their beliefs about peace and conscientious objection to war. The curriculum focuses on developing a personal peace position based on biblical teaching and the traditions of the church.
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