CDS Team to Work in Orlando Following Gun Massacre

In response to the horrific shooting in Orlando, Fla., the American Red Cross has asked Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) to send a team of caregivers. Since 1980, CDS has been meeting the needs of children by setting up child care centers in shelters and disaster assistance centers across the nation. Specially trained to respond to traumatized children, volunteers provide a calm, safe, and reassuring presence in the midst of the chaos created by natural and human-caused disasters. CDS is a ministry of the Church of the Brethren and is part of Brethren Disaster Ministries. […]

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Northern Indiana Congregations Sponsor Project to Share Nigeria T-Shirts

Sometimes the Spirit moves in mysterious ways–even with turquoise tie-dyed t-shirts! As a pastor of Creekside Church of the Brethren in Northern Indiana District, I attended a Pastor’s Sabbath at Camp Alexander Mack in April. It was led by Carl and Roxane Hill, co-directors of the Nigeria Crisis Response. My congregation, and others in the district, had raised money for crisis relief in Nigeria through a benefit auction in June 2015, and have been considering ways to continue to generate spiritual and financial support for our brothers and sisters of EYN. […]

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Interfaith Letter Raises Concerns, Urges Greater Transparency on Drone Warfare

Church of the Brethren interim general secretary Dale Minnich and On Earth Peace executive director Bill Scheurer were among 28 faith leaders from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh traditions who sent an interfaith letter on drone warfare to President Barack Obama. Staff of the Church of the Brethren’s Office of Public Witness were among those who created the letter on behalf of the Interfaith Drone Network.

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Brethren Bits for June 11, 2016

Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Sentencing Reform, next webinar, Global Mission executive recommends report on “Nigeria Fractured and Forgotten,” Children’s Disaster Services needs 100 more hand-made toys for traumatized children in Nigeria, “Racial Justice Field Report from Flint” on June 21, and more. […]

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On Earth Peace Announces Theme for Peace Day 2016

“Called to Build Peace” is the theme for Peace Day 2016, held annually on Sept. 21, which is the International Day of Prayer for Peace. This year’s campaign from On Earth Peace invites churches, peacebuilders, and seekers of justice to participate. “Plan a prayer service or community action event and reflect on how you and your community are called to build peace during the week surrounding Sept. 21, 2016,” said an invitation from organizer Bryan Hanger.

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Network of Spiritual Directors Meets for Annual Retreat

For over a decade, spiritual directors from throughout the Church of the Brethren have met annually for a retreat and continuing education. Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry and Retreat Center in Sharpsburg, Md., provides a beautiful and quiet setting for this event, which includes opportunities for worship, prayer, silence, creative expression, peer supervision, and keynote presentations.

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Newsline for June 11, 2016

1) Interfaith letter raises concerns, urges greater transparency on drone warfare
2) India Brethren hold 101st annual meeting
3) Network of spiritual directors meets for annual retreat
4) Northern Indiana congregations sponsor project to share Nigeria t-shirts

5) On Earth Peace announces theme for Peace Day 2016

6) Ministry of Reconciliation manual is made available as an online resource
7) New Covenant Bible Studies series invite readers to ‘love Leviticus,’ study Jesus’ miracles

8) Brethren bits […]

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