Disaster Recovery Support Initiative to be taken up by Church World Service

A pilot program to help communities launch long-term recovery following disasters is growing ecumenically. Over the past two years the disaster ministries of the Church of the Brethren, the United Church of Christ (UCC), and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have joined forces to pioneer the Disaster Recovery Support Initiative (DRSI) in nine states […]

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Jay Wittmeyer resigns as executive director of Global Mission and Service

Jay Wittmeyer has resigned as executive director of Global Mission and Service, effective Jan. 13, 2020. He is taking a position as executive director of Lombard (Ill.) Mennonite Peace Center, where he was assistant director before working for the Church of the Brethren. As Global Mission and Service executive for 11 years, since Jan. 2009, […]

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Brethren bits for Dec. 19, 2019

— The latest post in the Church of the Brethren’s Nigeria blog shares “Stories from Maiduguri” by Roxane Hill. The stories and pictures come from a recent visit to the city of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria by Roxane and Carl Hill, and feature an interview with a young peace activist and the stories of three young women […]

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Newsline for Dec. 19, 2019

“For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). NEWS 1) Disaster Recovery Support Initiative to be taken up by Church World Service 2) Jay Wittmeyer resigns as executive director of […]

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Newsline for Dec. 13, 2019

They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4b). NEWS 1) Brethren gather to discern a global Brethren alliance2) Preachers for the 2020 Annual Conference are announced3) Church of the Brethren signs letter to presidential […]

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New and Renew church planting event to focus on ‘The Reward of Risk’

The Church of the Brethren’s church planting and church revitalization conference, held every other year, will meet next on May 13-15, 2020. Under the title “New and Renew: Revitalize – Plant – Grow” the theme is “The Reward of Risk” based on Matthew 25:28 in The Message: “Take the thousand and give it to the […]

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Brethren bits for Dec. 13, 2019

— Remembrance: Samuel H. Flora Jr., 95, a former district executive in the Church of the Brethren and a former member of the denominational board, died Nov. 18 in Bridgewater, Va. He was born on Dec. 11, 1923, in Snow Creek, Va., son of the late Samuel H. Sr. and Annie Leah (Eller) Flora. He was a […]

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Brethren gather to discern a global Brethren alliance

By Jay Wittmeyer Meeting in Kwarhi, Nigeria, Brethren gathered from across the globe to discuss the vision of becoming a global church body. Hosted by the Nigerian Brethren, representatives came from Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the United States, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Spain, and Nigeria for the meeting. The four-day conference on Dec. 2-5 […]

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Webinar is offered on topic of ‘Mission and Money in Church Planting’

A webinar on “Mission and Money in Church Planting” is offered by the Church of the Brethren Discipleship Ministries on March 10, 2020, at 3-4 p.m. (Eastern time). The presenter will be David Fitch is Betty R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary in Chicago, Ill. “Fitch will lead our learning topic on […]

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