Newsline for December 16, 2016

1) ‘We rejoice this Advent season’: Annual Conference moderator sends Christmas letter
2) CDS continues Healing Hearts training in Nigeria
3) Trip to Nigeria connects with peacebuilding efforts, food crisis needs
4) Brethren bits […]

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Brethren Bits for December 16, 2016

Personnel news, Annual Conference moderator-elect receives City of Rockford award, “Night Circle” of Crest Manor Church makes and shares Christmas stockings, people of goodwill in Lancaster County–including Brethren and Mennonites–get a “shout out” from local media.
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Trip to Nigeria Connects with Peacebuilding Efforts, Food Crisis Needs

Jennifer Hosler and I recently traveled to Nigeria to consult, connect with, and support the development and peacebuilding work of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Jennifer traveled to Nigeria in her role as a member of the advisory committee of the Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Initiative. In this role, she met with EYN leaders and members who had traveled to Ghana in September 2016, together with Jeff Boshart (Global Food Initiative director) to learn about soybean projects.
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Newsline for December 10, 2016

NEWS
1) Creation Care Study Committee invites responses to survey
2) World Council of Churches issues statement on climate justice
3) Bethany is among ‘Seminaries That Change the World’
4) Multicultural tour to the Holy Land is a success

PERSONNEL
5) National Youth Cabinet is named for 2017-18
6) Bethany Seminary fills positions in admissions and student services

RESOURCES
7) ‘Art for Nigeria’: Nigeria has given me much, I hope to give some back

8) Brethren bits […]

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Creation Care Study Committee Invites Responses to Survey

The Creation Care Study Committee was created at the 2016 Annual Conference in response to a query that challenges us to respond more fully to two resolutions on climate change (1991 and 2001). Our charge is to catalyze action, particularly in relation to transitioning to renewable energy and reducing fossil fuel* usage (www.brethren.org/news/2016/creation-care-study-committee.html .

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‘Art for Nigeria’: Nigeria Has Given Me Much, I Hope to Give Some Back

On the night of April 14 and early morning of April 15 in 2014, militants of the terror group Boko Haram attacked the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok. The militants quickly overwhelmed the small paramilitary contingent based in Chibok and abducted around 276 high school-age girl students, most of whom were members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria).
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Brethren Bits for December 10, 2016

In this issue: Correction, Clergy Tax Seminar, congregations support their Muslim neighbors, “Practical Peacemaking Tips” from N. Ohio District, special Christmas events, ecumenical Christian leader detained and deported from Israel, and more […]

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Multicultural Tour to the Holy Land is a Success

Nineteen people enjoyed the opportunity to visit Israel while having fellowship, sharing meaningful scripture readings on biblical sites, and bringing scripture alive in their souls and minds. The trip was organized by the Renacer Hispanic Ministry under the leadership of Stafford Frederick and Daniel D’Oleo as a fundraising event to support the vision and ministry of the Renacer Hispanic Ministry.
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