April 21, 2017
- Each May congregations are encouraged to celebrate the contributions of members of all generations to our life together. The first Sunday in May (May 7) is National Youth Sunday, a day when youth are engaged in planning, organizing, and leading worship. The entire month is designated as Older Adult Month, an opportunity for congregations to celebrate God’s gift of aging and the contributions of elders in our midst.
- Bob Chase has announced his retirement from his long-term leadership of SERRV International, Inc., as of the end of April. SERRV is a fair trade organization that had its start as a Church of the Brethren program. Chase is retiring as president and CEO, and has been part of the SERRV team and part of the global fair trade community for more than 27 years.
- The On Earth Peace Board met April 6-8 in Harrisburg, Pa. The meetings were hosted by First Church of the Brethren, a Christ centered, multi-ethnic community in the inner city. This was in keeping with an ongoing board commitment to meet in people of color majority spaces. First Church included the board in its regular Friday morning bilingual Spanish and English worship service. This service is jointly led by First Church and its partner congregation, Living Waters, for community people...
- Brethren Disaster Ministries and the Global Food Initiative recently worked together to send representatives from Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), representatives from South Sudan, and a Church of the Brethren representative from the United States to Kenya to receive training in a program called Farming God’s Way with an organization called Care of Creation, Kenya.
The power of the march has been clearly demonstrated over the past few months with huge marches gathering in Washington, DC and New York City. But the real power has come when those marches take place across all the other cities in America, where a real nationwide movement is demonstrated. Coming up soon is the People’s’ Climate March, April 29th.
This week we talk to Fletcher Harper from Greenfaith about the march, climate change, and the role of the faith...
Every Monday morning, the sounds of sewing machines, lively conversation and laughter can be heard at David's UCC in Kettering, Ohio. The women of the "Warm Wishes" ministry are at work with the sole purpose of keeping their neighbors warm.
- This week's Friday Night Theology reflects back on a surprising week and finding our truth in the solid foundation of Christ.
[Anglican Communion News Service] The Task Group set up by last year’s Primates’ gathering has been meeting in London this week with the emphasis on understanding diversity within the Anglican Communion – and recognizing the many areas of unity.