Brethren bits for Aug. 31, 2017

Personnel, job openings, Chibok girls baptized, stories requested for ‘Inglenook Desserts,’ ‘Justice Like Water–Examining Racism,’ Peace Day 2017, and much more. […]

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Program and Arrangements Committee announces preachers for Annual Conference 2018

The Program and Arrangements Committee for the 2018 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren has announced preachers for the denomination’s next annual meeting. The Conference takes place in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Duke Energy Convention Center, on July 4-8. The Sunday morning sermon will be brought by Leonard Sweet, a popular preacher and Christian author who is the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University. […]

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Michigan District approves motion from churches wanting to form new district

Michigan District Conference has approved a motion from seven congregations seeking to leave the district and form a new district of the Church of the Brethren in the state. The 50 delegates voted 37 to 10 in favor of the motion after many hours of discussion over two days. The separating group must now be in conversation with the Annual Conference officers in order for the proposal to move forward. […]

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‘Living Parables’: About the Annual Conference theme

The simple understanding of a parable is literally from Jesus’ parables, which were stories that were cast alongside a truth in order to illustrate that truth, or the telling of a familiar story to illustrate big truths. Jesus’ parables were teaching aids and can be thought of as extended analogies or inspired comparisons. A common description of a parable is that it is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. […]

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Newsline for Aug. 31, 2017

NEWS
1) Children’s Disaster Services deploys teams to three cities in Texas
2) Moderator invites denomination to online ‘townhall meetings’
3) Program and Arrangements Committee announces preachers for Annual Conference 2018
4) Michigan District approves motion from churches wanting to form new district

FEATURES
5) ‘Living Parables’: About the Annual Conference theme
6) Rebecca Dali: My faith in God motivates me every second

7) Brethren bits […]

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Rebecca Dali: My faith in God motivates me every second

The following release from the World Council of Churches (WCC) notes an unprecedented honor for a member of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Rebecca Dali, founder of the Center for Compassion, Empowerment, and Peace Initiatives (CCEPI), has received the 2017 Humanitarian Award from the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation at a ceremony at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. […]

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