Activity Book Will Help Children Understand Nigeria Crisis, Among Other New Nigeria-Related Resources

A children’s activity book “Children of the Same Mother” aims to help American children understand the crisis affecting Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). It is just one of the new Nigeria-related resources offered by Brethren Press, and debuted at the bookstore at the 2015 Annual Conference in Tampa.
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On Earth Peace Invites Congregations to Participate in Peace Day 2015

Peace Day (Sept. 21) is quickly approaching, and On Earth Peace is urging your congregation to participate in praying for peace and building a culture of peace this year. The Church of the Brethren holds the belief that creating and standing for peace is a duty of followers of Jesus, holding to verses like Romans 14:19, “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”
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Material Resources Contributes to Shipment of Relief Supplies for Syrian Refugees

The Church of the Brethren Material Resources program has loaded two 40-foot containers filled with Hygiene Kits and School kits, and shipped them to aid Syrian refugees fleeing from the violence afflicting the Middle East. This shipment was arranged by the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in partnership with Church World Service (CWS), reports Material Resources office coordinator Terry Goodger.
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Southeastern District Begins Consideration of Query Focused on on Earth Peace, Adopts ‘Resolution on Same-Sex Marriage’

Southeastern District’s 2015 conference has given support to consideration of a query focused on On Earth Peace, which has the potential to come to the 2016 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren. The district conference also adopted a resolution on same-sex marriage, according to a review of the district conference written by district moderator Gary Benesh and distributed by the district office.
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Brethren Bits for July 31, 2015

In this issue: Correction; remembering David Huffaker, Conrad Snavely, Jerry Rodeffer, and Emlyn Harley Kline; Kate Edelen to work with Office of Public Witness; job opening at World Student Christian Federation; Mission and Ministry Board sets 2016 budget parameter at Annual Conference meeting; and more news from the 2015 Conference and around the church.
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Newsline for July 31, 2015

1) Open Roof Award honors disabilities efforts of two Church of the Brethren congregations
2) Material Resources contributes to shipment of relief supplies for Syrian refugees
3) Southeastern District begins consideration of query focused on On Earth Peace, adopts ‘Resolution on Same-Sex Marriage’
4) US and Nigerian Brethren gather for love feast at Camp Ithiel in Atlantic Southeast District
5) Rare Bible at Bridgewater College nominated for statewide preservation program
6) Nancy Sollenberger Heishman named to Brethren Academy staff
7) NOAC to meet in September on the theme ‘Then Jesus Told Them a Story’
8) Webinar ‘Healthy Boundaries 201′ meets requirements for ordination review
9) On Earth Peace invites congregations to participate in Peace Day 2015
10) Bethany Seminary’s Presidential Forum weekend to explore ‘Just Peace’
11) Activity book will help children understand Nigeria crisis, among other new Nigeria-related resources
12) After Amen
13) Brethren bits […]

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Open Roof Award Honors Disabilities Efforts of Two Church of the Brethren Congregations

The 2015 Open Roof Award was presented on behalf of the Disabilities Ministry of Congregational Life Ministries to two Church of the Brethren congregations: Cedar Lake Church of the Brethren in Northern Indiana District, and Staunton (Va.) Church of the Brethren in Shenandoah District. The award was given to representatives of the two churches during the Mission and Ministry Board meeting in Tampa, Fla., in advance of Annual Conference.
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US and Nigerian Brethren Gather for Love Feast at Camp Ithiel in Atlantic Southeast District

Following the closing worship service of the 229th Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, in Tampa, Fla., there was a second gathering of Brethren at Camp Ithiel in Atlantic Southeast District. The EYN Women’s Fellowship Choir and a number of other guests from Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) stayed at the camp for a time of rest and recovery following a demanding tour that took them to Church of the Brethren congregations across the United States.
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