Mission and Ministry Board adopts vision for a global Church of the Brethren

The Mission and Ministry Board adopted a “Vision for a Global Church of the Brethren,” and recommended this new mission philosophy to Annual Conference, at its meeting on Oct. 20-23 at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. The board also adopted a budget for 2018, approved two large allocations from the Emergency Disaster Fund, and acted on Review and Evaluation Committee recommendations that were directed to the board by Annual Conference, among other business. […]

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Openings are available for continuing education opportunity in urban ministry

There is still time to register for a special continuing education travel course: “A Place of Refuge: Ministry in an Urban Context” on Jan. 2-12, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga. An immersive urban experience with a focus on the ministries of care, this travel seminar is an educational partnership between Bethany Theological Seminary, the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, Congregational Life Ministries of the Church of the Brethren, and City of Refuge ministries in Atlanta. […]

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Newsline for Oct. 20, 2017

NEWS
1) Being the church after a catastrophe: Response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
2) Insurance check will fund denomination’s envisioning work
3) Grant to EYN supports church rebuilding effort in Nigeria
4) Global Food Initiative grants support agriculture in several nations
5) Renacer Hispanic Ministry announces new strategy plan

PERSONNEL
6) Traci Rabenstein to lead Church of the Brethren donor relations team
7) Amy Beery to direct youth programs at Bethany Seminary

UPCOMING EVENTS
8) Openings are available for continuing education opportunity in urban ministry
9) Workcamp Ministry sets 2018 schedule of events

RESOURCES
10) Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a call to peacemaking

11) Brethren bits […]

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Brethren bits for Oct. 20, 2017

In this issue: Remembering Wally Landes, Ella Mae Weaver, and Merle Brown, plus how to join the moderator’s second online “town hall,” invitation to Brethren Disaster Ministries’ first repair/rebuilding project after Hurricane Harvey, districts receive offerings for hurricane relief, Mission Alive 2018 registration, prayer services for food justice, along with lots of news from congregations and districts, and more. […]

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a call to peacemaking

At last month’s National Older Adult Conference (NOAC), Jim Wallis, president and founder of Sojourners, spoke to us of faithfulness and of living our Christian witness. This month, Sojourners reminds us that this is a call to peacemaking in the context of our daily lives. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time for us to consider that while “one in three women experience intimate partner violence in their lives…95 percent of church-going women report they have never heard a sermon on abuse preached from the pulpit of their church.” […]

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Being the church after a catastrophe: Response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

After the devastating damage of hurricanes like Maria, civil society often breaks down. Desperate or opportunistic people start looting or stealing and stresses keep increasing. Another part of society pulls together and helps each other, bringing out the very best in human nature…and our faith often brings out the very best of being the church. The Puerto Rican churches are an inspiring example of being the church in a crisis. While burdened with many hardships, the Puerto Rican Brethren are coming together supporting each other and reaching out to their communities. […]

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