Church Leaders Call the Brethren to Be ‘A Landmark of Refuge’ in a Time of ‘Great Civil Violence’

Church of the Brethren leaders have released a statement following on a week of shootings that have rocked the nation. The statement is signed by Carol A. Scheppard, moderator of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference; Samuel Sarpiya, moderator-elect of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference; and Dale E. Minnich, interim general secretary of the Church of the Brethren. The statement follows in full:
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Delegate Body Refers Queries Regarding On Earth Peace, Living Together

On the final afternoon of the 2016 Annual Conference, delegates dealt with the last of the queries still on the business agenda: two queries having to do with On Earth Peace’s agency status and accountability to Annual Conference, and a query titled “Living Together as Christ Calls.” Find links to the full texts of these queries online at www.brethren.org/ac/2016/business .
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Former Bethany Seminary President Wayne L. Miller Passes Away

Wayne Lowell Miller, 91, who was for many years a leader in the Church of the Brethren, passed away on June 24 at the Courtyards, Brethren Village, in Lancaster, Pa. Throughout a lengthy career of service to the church he held academic and leadership positions at four Church of the Brethren-related colleges and universities–Manchester, McPherson, Elizabethtown, and La Verne–and was president of Bethany Theological Seminary, the Church of the Brethren’s graduate school of theology.
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Newsline for July 5, 2016

A REVIEW OF THE 2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
1) Delegates refer ‘Query: Same Sex Weddings’ to Leadership Team and CODE
2) Annual Conference names new leadership, Samuel Sarpiya chosen moderator-elect
3) Study committee to work in consultation with BBT on financial, investment concerns related to care for creation
4) Delegate body refers queries regarding On Earth Peace, living together
5) Greensboro’s Civil Rights Museum offers learning opportunity for Brethren
6) Open Roof Fellowship welcomes six new churches
7) Minister’s Association hears from speaker Fr. John Dear on ‘Walking Toward Peace’
8) ‘Witness to the Host City’ collections support two organizations in Greensboro
9) Annual Conference by the numbers
10) Annual Conference bits and pieces

11) Former Bethany Seminary president Wayne L. Miller passes away […]

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Annual Conference Bits and Pieces

A theme is announced for Annual Conference 2017, an increase is approved for the pastors’ recommended cash salary table, six new congregations and fellowships join the denomination, international guests attend in Greensboro, Global Mission shares sad news of the death of a Haitian church leader, and more. […]

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Minister’s Association Hears from Speaker Fr. John Dear on ‘Walking Toward Peace’

Participants in this year’s Church of the Brethren Minister’s Association were privileged to receive the teaching and story telling of Fr. John Dear, a Jesuit priest, author, and activist for nonviolence. John (who preferred that we call him that and not “father dear”) came to speak with the Brethren with the strong conviction to affirm who we are as a living peace church, and to challenge us to step further into that calling.
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