Which mansion?

Oct 9, 2017 by

I grew up Mennonite but raised my family in the Church of the Brethren because it was closer to my home. I am glad I have belonged to a peace church all my life, but it seems to me the Mennonites and Brethren...

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Book review: ‘Re-Envisioning Service’

Jul 31, 2017 by

The greatest success of the Civilian Public Service era is not the effect it had on the church during World War II, as significant as that was. Rather, its crowning achievement was the resulting ethos of...

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Would we stand strong?

Jul 13, 2017 by and

Six Brethren were arrested 300 years ago in Solingen, Germany. What was their crime? In 1716, the six men, ages 22 to 33, had been baptized as adults. This crime was a capital offense, the punishment could be...

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Brethren seek to clarify issues of authority

Jun 5, 2017 by and

Like many denominations, the Church of the Brethren is weighing the degrees of uniformity and diversity it can accommodate. One of the business items to be considered at the annual conference June 28-July 2 in...

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Former Church of the Brethren leader takes WCC post

Jul 18, 2016 by and

The former general secretary of the Church of the Brethren in the United States is taking on a new global role. Stanley Noffsinger became director of the World Council of Churches July 1. The ecumenical body...

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Anabaptist siblings: Brethren renew historic connections with Mennonites

Nov 11, 2015 by and

Since its founding in Ger­many in 1708, the Breth­­ren stream of Anabaptism has been associated with Mennonites, particularly for their shared opposition to war. Yet both groups have often overlooked their...

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‘Kindle our hearts’

Aug 31, 2015 by

When Mennonites sing “Move in Our Midst,” a hymn praying for the Holy Spirit to guide us, we are accepting a gift from the Church of the Brethren. “Teach us to love with heart, soul and mind,” Kenneth...

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Brethren show solidarity with church in Nigeria

Aug 24, 2015 by and

TAMPA, Fla. — Delegates at the Church of the Brethren’s annual conference received an update about deadly challenges facing the denomination’s sister church in Nigeria. Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria...

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With addition, world membership rises

Aug 10, 2015 by and

The Anabaptist family is growing, both in terms of additions by members and the new inclusion of the Church of the Brethren in Mennonite World Conference’s global directory. The latest MWC census counts...

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My people

Aug 3, 2015 by

Last year I left Mennonite Church USA. I left not because of negative reasons, but rather I was called by a congregation within the Church of the Brethren. It’s been a smooth transition, but it has left me...

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Nigerians’ suffering

Mar 16, 2015 by

In Middle Eastern churches and the Christian communities of northern Nigeria, our brothers and sisters are suffering. To most of us in other parts of the world, and especially in the West, it is almost...

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Believers baptism churches meet

Feb 2, 2015 by

KINGSTON, Jamaica — For the first time, representatives of six churches that practice believers baptism gathered to discuss mutual recognition of baptism and Christian unity. At the consultation, held Jan....

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Nigerian Brethren headquarters overtaken by insurgents

Nov 10, 2014 by

KWARHI, Nigeria — Boko Haram insurgents overtook the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria headquarters property Oct. 29. Both the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN) headquarters and Kulp Bible College were...

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Nigerian Brethren suffering

Oct 13, 2014 by

More than 3,000 members of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria have been killed by terrorist forces. The church — known as Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria, or EYN — reported Sept. 29 that attacks by the...

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Light in the darkness

Oct 13, 2014 by

I am one of many youth and young adults who belong to a movement within the Church of the Breth­ren to better reflect the love and teachings of Jesus. I am writing 1,000 letters to public figures about the...

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Anabaptists consider role in post-Christian culture

Oct 6, 2014 by and

CARLISLE, Pa. — A few hundred Anabaptists were told to raise their hands as they sang from Psalms, “lift up your hands and praise the Lord.” Most did not. To one of the worshipers, the disconnect between...

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Post-Christian culture

Jun 23, 2014 by

For years there was an easy alliance in America between God and country. The Christian church held a privileged place in our culture. As this is breaking down, people who take Jesus and the Bible seriously are...

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Brethren rally to support kidnapped Nigerian girls

May 19, 2014 by and

As the Church of the Breth­ren in Nigeria entered the second month of a crisis involving hundreds of kidnapped girls, the U.S. Church of the Brethren continues to support its sister denomination with prayer,...

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#BringBackOurGirls

May 9, 2014 by

The Toledo (Iowa) church plant project I am working on received a letter from the denominational offices of the Church of the Brethren today. It contains a list of names, those of the more than 200 girls...

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Resisting an evil spirit

May 8, 2014 by

While Christians in North America debate theology and church rules, those in Nigeria face far greater challenges. The threat of death, fleeing one’s home or seeing one’s place of worship attacked and...

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