Newsline for May 22, 2017

NEWS
1) EDF grants go to Kenya drought, flood responses in Missouri and W. Virginia
2) GFI grants go to China, Africa Great Lakes region, the DR, community gardens, nutrition program in DC
3) Christian groups begin global prayer and fasting ‘For Such a Time’
4) Millions join hearts and minds to pray for end to famine
5) Prayer requested for the millions of people facing famine
6) Brethren Benefit Trust adopts 2017 Department of Defense investment screens
7) EYN president warns pastors of bowing to material things, at KBC graduation

ANNUAL CONFERENCE
8) Annual Conference 2017 offers special programming, opportunities for spiritual enrichment, continuing education

PERSONNEL
9) Districts announce new leadership

10) Brethren bits […]

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Brethren bits for May 22, 2017

In this issue: Correction, remembering Allen Hansell, personnel notes and job openings, “Another way of living” statements sought for use at Annual Conference, August workcamp in Nigeria needs more participants, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. […]

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Districts announce new leadership

Three districts in the Church of the Brethren have announced new leadership. David Banaszak has been hired to lead Middle Pennsylvania. Kris Hawk will be the new district executive minister for Northern Ohio. Tabitha H. Rudy is interim associate district executive for Virlina. […]

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EYN president warns pastors of bowing to material things, at KBC graduation

Joel S. Billi, president of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), warned pastors of bowing to material things and called them to be different in society, at the 52nd graduation ceremony of EYN’s Kulp Bible College in Kwarhi. The president, who expressed his joy in this occasion at EYN’s highest theological institution, was represented by vice-president Anthony A. Ndamsai. […]

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GFI grants go to China, Africa Great Lakes region, the DR, community gardens, nutrition program in DC

The most recent grant from the Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Initiative will help improve the diets of clients of a hospice in China. Other grants approved in recent months aid agricultural work in the Africa Great Lakes region, the education of leaders among Brethren in the Dominican Republic, and several community gardens in the United States that are connected with Church of the Brethren congregations. An additional domestic allocation supports the Brethren Nutrition Program of Washington (D.C.) City Church of the Brethren. […]

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Annual Conference 2017 offers special programming, opportunities for spiritual enrichment, continuing education

Organizers of the 2017 Annual Conference highlight special programming for this year’s annual meeting of the Church of the Brethren, taking place in Grand Rapids, Mich., June 28-July 2. In addition to business sessions for delegates, all attendees will have opportunities for spiritual enrichment, continuing education, fellowship, and family oriented activities. […]

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Christian groups begin global prayer and fasting ‘For Such a Time’

In a concerted effort identifying the need to work on hunger and famine relief, a number of Christian groups in the US and internationally have announced a season of prayer and fasting that began on Sunday, May 21. According to the United Nations and other experts, 20 million people are at risk of starvation in four regions–northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen–and millions more are suffering from drought and food shortages. […]

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