Newsline for April 20, 2011

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth”  (John 1:14). NEWS 1) Brethren Disaster Ministries responds to tornado damage 2) A Report on Bethany Seminary’s Board of Trustees meeting 3) […]

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Newsline for March 23, 2011

“Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27). Newsline will have a guest editor for several issues this year. Kathleen Campanella, director of partner and public relations at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., will edit Newsline during three periods of time in April, June, and […]

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Leadership Team Meets, Rejoices Over Deficit Reduction

Rejoicing over a significant reduction in the Annual Conference Fund deficit was a highlight of the January meeting of the Church of the Brethren Leadership Team. The meeting involved general secretary Stan Noffsinger and the three Annual Conference officers: moderator Robert Alley, moderator-elect Tim Harvey, and secretary Fred Swartz. It was held Jan. 26-27 in […]

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Church of the Brethren Posts Financial Results for 2010

Building an annual budget for the denomination in the midst of economic challenges requires both careful analysis and faith that gifts and other income will offset expenses. When planning for 2010, it was important for the Church of the Brethren staff to be realistic about the impact the economy would have, but to count on […]

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Newsline for March 9, 2011

“The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places…” (Isaiah 58:11a). Disabilities Awareness Month resources have been updated. The last Newsline announced the celebration of Disabilities Awareness Month throughout the month of March. For those who may have been frustrated by the lack of availability of worship resources, staff apologize for […]

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From the Moderator: An Outline of the Special Response Process

The following column from Annual Conference moderator Robert Alley provides an outline of the Church of the Brethren’s Special Response process. This process was entered into when two business items related to human sexuality came to the 2009 Conference: “A Statement of Confession and Commitment” and “Query: Language on Same Sex Covenantal Relationships.” The two […]

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Congregational Life Ministries Offers New ‘Ministry Fair’

A listing of events during the 2011 Annual Conference can be found here. Go to www.cobannualconference.org/grand_rapids/ other_events.html to find out about events sponsored by other departments of the Church of the Brethren, and other Brethren agencies and organizations including Bethany Theological Seminary, Brethren Benefit Trust, On Earth Peace, the Ministers Association, the Deacon Ministry, and many more. […]

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Districts Close Out Hearings Providing Input to Special Response Process

This month the Church of the Brethren’s 23 districts are closing out a series of hearings that have invited church members to provide input to the denomination’s Special Response process. This process for strongly controversial issues was entered into when two business items related to human sexuality came to the 2009 Annual Conference (see www.brethren.org/ac […]

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Newsline Special: Annual Conference Ballot, Special Response Process

Logo and theme of the 2011 Annual Conference. Below: A night-time view of Grand Rapids (photo by Gary Syrba courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids). General registration has opened for the 2011 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, go to www.brethren.org/ac . The Conference takes place in Grand Rapids, Mich., on July 2-6. Also, […]

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Annual Conference Ballot for 2011 Is Released

Logo and theme of the 2011 Annual Conference. Below: A night-time view of Grand Rapids (photo by Gary Syrba courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids). General registration has opened for the 2011 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, go to www.brethren.org/ac . The Conference takes place in Grand Rapids, Mich., on July 2-6. Also, hotel and […]

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