Brethren Volunteer Service Workers Are in Five Nations Across Europe

Fifteen Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) workers are serving in five nations across Europe. Here is an update on BVS project sites in Europe, where three volunteers are the first to serve in new projects for the program. The following listing is provided with help from Kristin Flory of the BVS staff, who works in the Brethren Service Europe office in Geneva, Switzerland:
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Brethren Bits for June 10, 2014

In this issue: A correction, personnel notes, summer issue of Guide, BVS Coast to Coast to reach Chicago area, BVS connections dinner at Manassas, concerns shared from the DRC Congo, a weekend in memory of Elder John Kline, and much more. […]

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Updates on Nigeria

Here are various updates on Nigeria and current events affecting Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), as well as continuing expressions of support from Brethren in the United States and ecumenical partners: […]

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Church of the Brethren Sends Representative, Helps Support Bread for the World Anniversary Gathering

The Church of the Brethren was represented at the Bread for the World 40th anniversary gathering by Office of Public Witness director Nathan Hosler. The denomination helped provide financial support for the gathering, held in Washington, D.C., on June 9-10, through a $1,000 grant from the Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) in honor of the anniversary, reports GFCF manager Jeffrey S. Boshart.
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Collections at Annual Conference Benefit YWCA Shelter, Express Concern for Nigeria

The Church of the Brethren Annual Conference partners this year with the YWCA/YMCA of Columbus, Ohio, for an annual Witness to the Host City. An offering of donations of items needed by the YWCA shelter for women will be received at the Thursday night worship service on July 3. In another collection at the Conference, cards expressing concern and prayerful encouragement for the Nigerian Brethren will be received on the afternoon of July 5.
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Newsline for June 10, 2014

1) Ministry Summer Service interns and mentors complete orientation.2) Church of the Brethren sends representative, helps support Bread for the World anniversary gathering. 3) ‘World’s bravest orchestra’ to visit US for the first time. 4) UCC ecumenical partner involved in the struggle for religious freedom in Nigeria. 5) Updates on Nigeria. 6) Collections at Annual Conference benefit YWCA shelter, express concern for Nigeria. 7) Torin Eikler named executive minister of Northern Indiana District. 8) It’s not about the pastor: A reflection on the Vital Ministry Journey. 9) Brethren bits […]

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‘World’s Bravest Orchestra’ to Visit US for the First Time

In 2009, the 17-year-old Iraqi pianist Zuhal Sultan realized a dream to unite the youth of her country. Her vision involved bringing together young Kurds and Arabs by offering a program of peace through music. Thus the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq (NYOI) was born. This summer the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO)–which has its offices at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill.–will act as NYOI’s hosts. […]

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Collections at Annual Conference Benefit YWCA Shelter, Express Concern for Nigeria

The Church of the Brethren Annual Conference partners this year with the YWCA/YMCA of Columbus, Ohio, for an annual Witness to the Host City. An offering of donations of items needed by the YWCA shelter for women will be received at the Thursday night worship service on July 3. In another collection at the Conference, cards expressing concern and prayerful encouragement for the Nigerian Brethren will be received on the afternoon of July 5.
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