Reports from EYN Staff, BDM Volunteer Focus on Recent Attack on Maiduguri, Nigeria

Muslims and Christians are fleeing Maiduguri, a large city in northeastern Nigeria, looking for safer places after Boko Haram insurgents attacked the area over the weekend and the Nigerian army responded, reports EYN staff liaison Markus Gamache. In a separate report Cliff Kindy, a short-term volunteer in Nigeria with Brethren Disaster Ministries, writes about efforts of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) to serve the thousands who have fled into Maiduguri to escape continuing violent attacks of Boko Haram insurgents on other communities in northeast Nigeria. […]

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Interfaith Community Calls for Halt to Drone Attacks

More than 150 people of faith came to Princeton, N.J., this past weekend to learn from legal, ethical, and theological experts about drones and discern together a unified religious response to the horrors of drone warfare. This Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare drew participants from all over the country and from many religious backgrounds including Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Sikh. […]

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Newsline for Jan. 27, 2015

1) Interfaith community calls for halt to drone attacks. 2) Reports from EYN staff, BDM volunteer focus on recent attack on Maiduguri, Nigeria. 3) Summer Bible School helps sponsor cornea transplant for student in Vietnam. 4) Merger celebrates ‘One in Christ.’ 5) Brethren bits […]

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Brethren Bits for Jan. 27, 2015

In this issue: Remembering C. Wendell Bohrer, Camp Swatara seeks food service manager, dates announced for annual TRIM and EFSM orientation, York First and Bermudian in annual Brethren Souper Bowl competition, Ken Medema concert will be “A Night to Remember,” Camp Emmaus to celebrate 50 years of leadership by the Hares, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. […]

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Suffering Under Boko Haram: The Horror of What Everyday Life in Northeast Nigeria Has Become

Last July the small community of Wagga was attacked by the Boko Haram, an extremist Islamist insurgent group. Over 300 of these terrorists came into the village riding on motorbikes and in cars. Most of the Christians fled the village realizing that they would become the primary targets if they stayed. […]

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Groundbreaking Consultation Explores the Meaning and Practice of ‘Believers Baptism’ for the Future Unity of the Church

A three-day consultation took place in early January involving representatives from six different “believers baptism” church traditions to share their understandings and practices of baptism and to explore how their thinking has changed in light of the emerging theological convergence on baptism and growing ecumenical encounter over the past 30 years. This was the first time such a gathering has taken place, and thus represents an historic moment in the life of these traditions.
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Newsline for Jan. 21, 2015

NIGERIA NEWS: 1) Donations to Nigeria Crisis Fund meet board’s matching challenge. 2) Some Nigerian Brethren are attacked again after returning to their homes. 3) Suffering under Boko Haram: The horror of what everyday life in northeast Nigeria has become. MORE NEWS: 4) Groundbreaking consultation explores the meaning and practice of ‘believers baptism’ for the future unity of the church. 5) GFCF supports agriculture in North Korea, garden project for inmates in Brazil, farmer’s market in New Orleans. 6) Lancaster Church purchases uniforms and supplies for homeless students. UPCOMING EVENTS:
7) Intercultural retreat to be hosted in Atlantic Northeast District in May. 8) Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center offers series of continuing education events. 9) Brethren bits. […]

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