Newsline for June 18, 2022 – News

1) Brethren Disaster Ministries pronounces short-term rebuilding mission website in Kentucky

2) Wanted: COVID take a look at kits for Annual Conference

3) What would Jesus do…with $813 billion?

4) Mid-Atlantic District requests prayer for households, congregations affected by Smithsburg capturing

5) National Youth Conference consecration to happen at Annual Conference

6) Part-Time Pastor; Full-Time Church webinars are actually out there

7) Brethren bits: New management on the WCC, audio system for On Earth Peace Day of Celebration, ULV receives $2.3 million reward to launch nursing program, CWS highlights World Refugee Day June 20, Bible research commemorates shootings at Mother Emanuel, prayer and help wanted following different current shootings, and extra

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A pastoral prayer for Father’s Day and Juneteenth, from David Steele, basic secretary of the Church of the Brethren:

“As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him” (Psalm 103:13). God who’s dad or mum to us all, we pray in your blessing on Father’s Day this Sunday. And could all of us be blessed by Juneteenth, this Sunday’s celebration of the Black neighborhood and of freedom. For we, just like the Apostle Paul, stay in hope “that everything God made would have the same freedom and glory that belong to God’s children” (Romans 8:21, ERV).

— Juneteenth is an annual celebration marking the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when enslaved Black Americans in Galveston, Texas, lastly discovered that they had been free–greater than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

1) Brethren Disaster Ministries pronounces short-term rebuilding mission website in Kentucky

By Jenn Dorsch-Messler

Coming this October, Brethren Disaster Ministries might be providing a short-term rebuilding response to the 2021 Kentucky winter storms occasion. This three-week response might be in partnership with Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders. Volunteers might be hosted at their housing facility in Madisonville, Ky., and can work within the surrounding communities of Bremen and Dawson Springs. According to their coverage, youth must be age 16 or older.

For extra info or to use, contact Kim Gingerich at or 410-635-8730. RSVP requested by Aug. 21. Space is restricted to fifteen volunteers every week for the dates of Oct. 2-8 and Oct. 16-22.

More particulars and a flyer/poster may be discovered at

— Jenn Dorsch-Messler is director of Brethren Disaster Ministries. More details about Brethren Disaster Ministries is at

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2) Wanted: COVID take a look at kits for Annual Conference

By Rhonda Pittman Gingrich

The Annual Conference Office wish to have some COVID take a look at kits out there in Omaha, Neb., through the Church of the Brethren annual assembly on July 10-14. Just as we wish to look after each other by sporting masks, we additionally don’t wish to overwhelm the native healthcare system in Omaha.

Many college districts had a provide of take a look at kits that can expire earlier than college resumes this fall. If you’re employed for a college district that’s freely giving take a look at kits and are capable of get some to donate to Annual Conference, that will be tremendously appreciated.

Please e-mail the Annual Conference Office at as quickly as doable to tell us what number of kits you had been capable of safe. Kits can then be dropped at Omaha or shipped to: Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120. Kits being shipped to Elgin must arrive by June 30.

– Rhonda Pittman Gingrich is director of Annual Conference. Find out extra about this yr’s annual assembly at

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3) What would Jesus do…with $813 billion?

By Galen Fitzkee, Office of Peacebuilding and Policy

Barring political problems, by the top of the summer time Congress can have mentioned, marked up, and voted on a spending bundle to fund the federal government via the upcoming fiscal yr. More particularly, this course of will decide how a lot discretionary spending is appropriated to authorities companies just like the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of State, and extra. By far, the biggest portion of this funds will go to fund warfare and preparations for warfare, with the Biden administration already requesting $813 billion in discretionary spending for the Pentagon. This represents a rise of roughly $30 billion over the earlier yr and a continuation of the annual sample of exorbitant army spending. The prices of warfare itself, after all, additionally lengthen past monetary concerns, taking a bodily toll on human life and our surroundings. Regardless, there may be little pushback on this determine in Congress, and members of each events could but vote to extend the extent of funding past the President’s preliminary proposition. As Christians who lived via the WWJD period of the Nineteen Nineties and early 2000s, we’d do nicely to ask ourselves: What would Jesus do with that $813 billion?

Fortunately for us, the writings of previous generations of Brethren can get us partway there. In a 1918 Statement on War, the primary Annual Conference assertion within the on-line archive, Brethren spoke out strongly towards preparations for warfare, writing that “war or any participation in war is wrong and entirely incompatible with the spirit, example, and teachings of Jesus Christ” (1918). They substantiated this declare with quite a few verses from the New Testament which extra totally bear it out.

To reference only one passage, Romans 12:17, 20-21 says this:

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

War, decidedly not good, was off the desk. Instead, Brethren strongly inspired the rulers of our nation to “contribute liberally to the relief of human suffering, both in men and money” (1918). This was maybe their greatest reply to the query “What would Jesus do, instead?”

In our current political context, we may be much more particular in regards to the options to warfare and army spending. In the minds of many Americans, the continuing unfold of COVID-19 stays probably the most prevalent risk to our security and well being at dwelling and world wide. Globally, over 6 million folks have misplaced their lives to the virus. Pandemics, because it seems, don’t reply nicely to threats of violent army motion. Similarly, local weather change can’t be mitigated by armed drones, nor can extreme climate occasions be warded off by nuclear weapons. The US army, as one of many largest polluters on the planet, additionally exacerbates local weather change and undermines world stability within the course of. Ironically, payments and funding to answer these actual crises had been blocked by Congress, the exact same physique now anticipated to dedicate $813 billion to weapons and warfare. Now is the time to name out this contradiction and to make vital monetary investments to handle pandemic illness, local weather change, poverty, racism, gun violence, and different causes of human struggling.

With or with out this historic and ethical Brethren lens, it’s clear that our army funds is disproportionately massive. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), in fiscal yr 2021 the US spent extra on protection than the subsequent 9 international locations mixed. This excessive disparity means that the US can afford to make massive cuts to the Pentagon and nonetheless stay a army powerhouse. Better but, the US may decide to investing in methods of diplomacy and peacebuilding, decreasing the probability that violence would happen within the first place. As people and communities endure from pandemic illness, pure disasters, poverty, violence, inflation, and extra, Brethren ought to keep grounded in our historical past and be daring sufficient to have a look at our huge army funds and ask and reply the age-old query, “What would Jesus do instead?”

— Galen Fitzkee is a Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) employee serving with the Church of the Brethren’s Office of Peacebuilding and Policy in Washington, D.C. Find out extra about this ministry at

4) Mid-Atlantic District requests prayer for households, congregations affected by Smithsburg capturing

“Please lift in prayer families of Grossnickle Church of the Brethren who were directly affected by the shooting in Smithsburg, MD on Thursday, June 9,” stated one among a collection of prayer requests from the Mid-Atlantic District management. Three folks had been killed in a capturing at Columbia Machine on that afternoon, and a minimum of one first responder, a Maryland state trooper, was amongst these wounded.

Two households within the Grossnickle Church misplaced relations within the capturing, together with a son and a cousin of church members. In addition, a younger man who was wounded within the capturing is a neighbor to many within the church neighborhood.

Nearby Welty Church of the Brethren is 2 miles from the native enterprise the place the capturing came about, and members there even have been affected. One of the congregation’s households is expounded to the state trooper who was wounded, and the congregation consists of an EMS chaplain.

The capturing in Smithsburg adopted on two crucial incidents in Hagerstown, Md., stated Diane Giffin of the Welty Church, interviewed by phone. She shared that the primary responders within the space “are just emotionally spent. We really need to keep then in our prayers.” She additionally expressed gratitude for the grief counseling and different psychological well being care sources out there within the space. The Welty Church is contemplating holding a prayer vigil open to the neighborhood, the place counselors and different useful sources could be provided.

One of the district emails requested for prayers “for comfort, strength, hope and solutions.” District moderator Ellen Wile requested “prayers for the Smithsburg community, the Welty church and the strength and will for us to make a positive and Christlike difference in others’ lives.”


5) National Youth Conference consecration to happen at Annual Conference

By Erika Clary

A consecration for National Youth Conference (NYC) individuals might be held through the July 11 night worship service on the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in Omaha, Neb. During the consecration, Annual Conference management and individuals will acknowledge and pray for NYC management and individuals as they start the journey to NYC.

Senior excessive youth and their grownup advisors might be gathering in Fort Collins, Colo., on July 23-28.

Will you be at Annual Conference? Join us in individual! Let us know you’re coming by emailing and we offers you the main points.

Attending NYC however not Annual Conference? Please be a part of the consecration through Zoom! The Zoom name will start at 6:45 p.m. (central time, 7:45 p.m. Eastern time), and the consecration will happen round 7:05 p.m. (central time, 8:05 p.m. Eastern time). Participants becoming a member of through Zoom might be projected onto the display in Omaha to be acknowledged. Register for the Zoom name at

— Erika Clary is a Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) employee serving as coordinator of National Youth Conference 2022. Find out extra about NYC at

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6) Part-Time Pastor; Full-Time Church webinars are actually out there

By Jen Jensen

Part-Time Pastor; Full-Time Church is making the May webinars on clergy burnout and “the great resignation” out there to view, share, and obtain.

Part-Time Pastor; Full-Time Church is a program of the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry that helps, sources, and advocates for part-time, multivocational, and not-paid-to-scale pastors.

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In the primary webinar, Melissa Florer-Bixler shares about an article she wrote for Sojourners known as “Why Pastors Are Joining the Great Resignation,” talking with reality, grace, and hope. She stays profoundly hopeful in regards to the church even within the face of the clergy scarcity and folks dropping out of pews. Her confidence stays within the gospel of Jesus Christ as she proclaims that pastors proceed to be known as and liked. Florer-Bixler believes pastoral ministry helps folks concentrate on the planet, and it’s the small however devoted moments that can buoy congregational life as they bear witness.

The second webinar is a dialog with Peter Chin about his article written for Christianity Today titled “Why I’ve Reached my Breaking Point as a Pastor.” Chin speaks brazenly and actually about present clergy burnout statistics, making clear he thought it was simply him but now realizing he’s not alone. Believing the burnout is larger and broader culturally, Chin makes the case that the Bible gives one of the best tales of overcoming problem. There is hope in God’s steadfast love, “chesed,” that’s the unbreaking and secure basis for all, it doesn’t matter what occurs. Chin displays on interpersonal motion, interconnectedness, and the way we are able to journey collectively via troublesome occasions in ministry. In the Q&A on the finish of the webinar, Chin proclaims probably the most profitable locations of ministry are “small communities doing love well.”

The webinars are at

— Jen Jensen is program supervisor for Part-Time Pastor; Full-Time Church. For questions, contact her at

7) Brethren bits

— The World Council of Churches (WCC) has introduced the election of a brand new basic secretary, and the hiring of three new employees leaders.

Jerry Pillay was elected because the eighth basic secretary within the WCC’s historical past because the fellowship of church buildings was based in 1948. The Church of the Brethren is among the WCC’s founding member denominations. Pillay, who hails from South Africa, is presently dean of the school of Theology and Religion on the University of Pretoria and a member of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa. Pillay will substitute outgoing performing basic secretary Ioan Sauca, who started serving in that place in April 2020, when the earlier basic secretary, Olav Fykse Tveit, was appointed as presiding bishop of the Church of Norway. Pillay will take up his place on Jan. 1, 2023.

The three new employees leaders, who will start their appointments in November and December, are:

Kuzipa Nalwamba, who will function program director for Unity and Mission. From Zambia, she is a professor of Ecumenical Social Ethics and is presently WCC program government for Ecumenical Theological Education. She holds a doctorate in Systematic Theology from the University of Pretoria.

Kenneth Mtata, who has been appointed as program director for Public Witness and Diakonia. He is presently basic secretary of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches and an ecumenical theologian with greater than 20 years of expertise in pastoral, educational analysis, and faith-based organizational management.

Peter Cruchley, who will direct the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism. A mission theologian from the UK, he’s a minister within the United Reformed Church within the UK and is presently mission secretary for Mission Development with the Council for World Mission.

BVS Newsletter Summer 2022
Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) has printed its newest publication at The Summer 2022 challenge of the Volunteer consists of tales from present volunteers and interim director Dan McFadden, amongst others.

The BVS employees are also highlighting a change within the dates for summer time and fall orientations. The places will stay the identical. Here are the brand new dates and software deadlines:
Summer 2022, Orientation Unit 331, Aug. 9-17 (purposes due June 19)
Fall 2022, Orientation Unit 332, Oct. 11-19 (purposes due August 30)

— On Earth Peace has introduced featured audio system for its upcoming Day of Celebration, a web-based occasion deliberate for June 29. Said the announcement: “Chibuzo Petty will open our Day of Celebration with a time of worship at 11:30 am ET. Rev. Chibuzo Nimmo “Zoë” Petty (they/them) is a author and organizational developer. Zoë works because the editor and supervisor of the Brethren Journal Association’s scholarly weblog DEVOTION. They additionally contribute to the print journal Brethren Life and Thought, having beforehand served on its board from 2014 to 2017. … Dr. Sherrilynn Bevel will be a part of Matt Guynn, OEP Director of Church & Community Group Organizing, for a Kingian Nonviolence Training at 4:00 pm ET. Dr. Sherrilynn Bevel has directed civic participation and democratization initiatives for over 30 years for NGOs within the U.S. and overseas. She has managed strategic, programmatic, and media-based initiatives, in addition to providing coaching and technical help. She was a founding member of the Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition (MDERC) in 2002. More just lately, she co-founded and is Associate Director of the Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training. From 2018 via 2020, Sherri was Director of Training and Special Projects for the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence (RI). … Abdallah Maraka, from Community Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in Palestine, will current our keynote at 6:00 pm ET. Abdallah Maraka joined CPT’s Palestine Team in 2020. Since 2015, Abdallah has served as full time tour information in Al-Kahlil (Hebron). He is a graduate of Hebron University with a level in accounting & enterprise administration. Abdallah will share in regards to the work of the CPT Palestine Team in accompanying their neighborhood via the Israeli occupation and their anti-militarism efforts.” Find the whole schedule for the day and a hyperlink to hitch in by Zoom at

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An invitation from Washington City (D.C.) Church of the Brethren

— The University of La Verne, Calif., has acquired a $2.3 million reward to launch its new nursing program, in keeping with an article within the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. ULV “hopes to bridge gaps in the deepening shortage of workers and inequities in the healthcare system,” stated the article. The reward was made within the identify of alumna Frances Ware and her late husband, John A. “Andy” Ware. “The new nursing program will be named in appreciation of John Ware, while his name will also be affixed to a space in the future building that will house the nursing program,” stated the article. “This month, the university announced the gift would be used to launch the College of Health and Community Well-Being, where degree programs will explore innovative practices and social determinants of health. It will also provide a pipeline of graduates in the in-demand health field across the Inland region.” The new program is to open this summer time and initially supply a bachelor’s of science diploma in nursing for registered nurses in a 15-month on-line program. The faculty is accepting purposes for the autumn. A four-year pre-nursing program is scheduled to launch subsequent yr. Go to

— A partnership between Womaen’s Caucus and Dunker Punks Podcast has made out there audio interviews for nominees on the Annual Conference poll this yr, stated a Dunker Punks announcement. Interviews could also be heard on YouTube, iTunes, and extra. The YouTube playlist for all 10 episodes is at or scan the accompanying QR code. The interviews are additionally out there in Podcast format at iTunes, Stitcher, and “Every nominee was contacted and given the chance to be interviewed, with gratitude to their willingness to serve the church by being on the 2022 ballot!” stated the announcement. 2022NomineeInterviews

— The Brethren and Mennonite Heritage Center has introduced the return of “Worship in the Woods,” a collection of Sunday-evening outside vespers providers held every week at 7 p.m. from June 26 via Aug. 14. The announcement, shared by Shenandoah District, famous that every week, a speaker or storyteller and particular music are deliberate. “The first event on June 26, dubbed “Worship by the Water,” might be held at Silver Lake in Dayton [Va.] and options Dr. Myron Augsburger because the speaker, with Paul Roth because the worship chief and Sam Funkhouser main the singing of historic Brethren hymns. This summer time’s remaining occasions might be held on the Heritage Center (1921 Heritage Center Way, Harrisonburg [Va.]). Sunrise’s Jan Orndorff is on this system for July 3.” You are inspired to carry a garden chair for seating. Offerings will help the continuing mission of the Heritage Center. For extra info go to


— Community Peacemaker Teams (CPT, previously Christian Peacemaker Teams) has shared an announcement of the “Mass Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington” on Saturday, June 18. The National Council of Churches of Christ within the USA is also among the many organizations supporting the occasion. Said the CPT announcement: “In face of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation and the denial of health care, a war economy and the false narrative of Christian nationalism, we are called to assemble and march in DC, alongside the 140 million poor and low-wealth people in this country who are on the frontlines of these crises…. Together, we must challenge the lies of scarcity and the notion that this is the best we can do.” Find out extra at

— Church World Service (CWS) is honoring refugees on World Refugee Day, June 20. “It is important that we honor those forced from their homes to seek safety due to violence and persecution,” stated an announcement. “This day recognizes their resilience, strength, and determination–and our moral and legal imperative to fully restore refugee and asylum protections in the United States. Now is the time to make your voices heard to tell your national, state, and local leaders to stand in solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers and to hold the administration accountable to re-establish bold US leadership to invest in our capacity to welcome people fleeing violence and persecution. On World Refugee Day–and every day–we affirm the spirit of welcome that our communities show when we embrace our new neighbors as friends, colleagues, and peers.” The announcement highlighted various occasions happening across the nation and nearly, together with a rebroadcast of a World Refugee Day live performance from the Kennedy Center’s digital archives. Find out extra at

— Friday, June 17, is the seventh anniversary of the racially motivated shootings at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. A commemorative Bible research livestreamed that day at 7 p.m. (Eastern time) kicks off a yearlong research on the theme “What Kind of Soil Are We?” The scripture textual content is Mark 4:1-20, which the Emanuel Nine–Clementa C. Pinckney, Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel L. Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson–had been learning on the evening they had been shot and murdered. “Christian leaders across the nation will use the commemorative event to study the parable and lead discussions critical to this time as race, history, and politics intersect,” stated an announcement. Find out extra at

— There is sustained want in Buffalo, N.Y., following a racially motivated capturing at a grocery retailer, introduced the National Council of Churches (NCC). “The Buffalo community continues in shock after losing ten of their neighbors to White supremacist violence last month. In addition to continued prayer, financial support to meet basic necessities and respond to the crisis is also critical.” The NCC publication this week gave a hyperlink to a web page of data for these wanting to assist:

— The NCC additionally requested prayer for an Episcopal Church in Alabama, the place there was a capturing on Thursday evening. The Episcopal Church denomination additionally requested prayer, reporting in a launch {that a} gunman shot three folks at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, Ala., “at their Boomers Potluck dinner. One victim who was hospitalized has since died. We mourn the three lives lost.” The launch shared that “in his pastoral response to his congregation, Rev. John Burruss, Rector of St. Stephen’s, wrote, ‘I know many of you have been asking what we can do. We can pray and we can gather. People have gathered as followers of Christ for 2000 years because of the belief that God’s outstretched arms can reach all of humanity through pain and the most unfathomable loss. We gather because we know that love is the most powerful force in this world, and tonight, and in the days, months, and years that come, will hold onto that truth to know that Christ’s love will always shine.”

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