Brother Bits – News
— Corrected: David R. Miller was misidentified in the latest issue of Newsline’s “Brethren bits.” He is a member of the worship leadership team for the 2023 annual conference.
— The Brethren Church is seeking candidates for the full-time salaried position of Editor-in-Chief of Brethren Press. The Editor-in-Chief manages publishing projects and the production schedule for Brethren Press; oversees the work of writers, editors, designers and others under contract; edits and composes selected publications; and manages acquisitions and authorizations. Qualifications include experience in project management, excellent writing and editing skills, strong organizational skills and the ability to learn in depth about the identity and beliefs of the Brethren Church. A bachelor’s degree is required and a master’s degree in a related field, such as divinity or biblical studies, is preferred. The editor should work proficiently in Microsoft products, InDesign, Adobe Acrobat and Access. Full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment. The editor reports to the publisher of Brethren Press. The position is based at the Brethren’s Church General Offices in Elgin, Illinois; location is negotiable. A job description will be provided upon request. Applications will be reviewed and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Apply by sending a cover letter and CV to [email protected]; Office of Human Resources, Church of the Brethren, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120; 800-323-8039 ext. 367. The Brethren Church is an equal opportunity employer.
— On Earth Peace announced a new goal to train 1,000 Brethren Church members in Kingian Nonviolence. Kingian Nonviolence is rooted in the philosophy and leadership of Martin Luther King Jr. and the leadership of the civil rights movement. “Our hope with the 1,000 Kingian Brothers Nonviolence Training Program is to help revitalize the church to use nonviolence for Christian peacemaking and to help brethren re-imagining how to engage with communities and issues of concern,” a statement said. “We see this as an opportunity for our historic peace church to come alive in our time with a strategic and spiritually grounded approach to responding to violence and injustice. This is a great opportunity for the church to engage with her communities and help rejuvenate peace throughout the church. Contact Annabell Knapp, [email protected], for more information about this project.
Starting September 15, On Earth Peace is offering a Level 1 Training for Trainers on Conflict Reconciliation with Kingian Nonviolence. The class work portion of the course is four hours per week, September 15 through December 15, meeting Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time). Those who successfully complete the classroom work section will be eligible for practical teaching from January to April 2023, working with a senior trainer to co-facilitate a 16-hour core public workshop on Kingian nonviolence. For more information, visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/13kVxYQdK9DSnakHjvIgj_GrSw2z5iLjmMWgSknSTppg/edit. Find the application form on https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZ9nem57jKppoUZX51Q0Qz14pNBHqFwO1ugY2cTK3hgUXtvw/viewform.
– In more news from On Earth Peace, the agency is hosting an online meeting for a campaign to organize gun violence on Sept. 2 at 3 p.m. EST. “We want to connect with people in churches and neighborhoods who care about gun violence in the United States — people who are already taking action or want to get involved,” an announcement said. “Come and share your story or your hopes for involvement! The goal of this campaign is to take direct action to reduce gun violence in the United States. If you’ve been active, we want to hear your stories so others can learn from your experience; if you are recently excited, we want to provide a community and a place to connect. For all of us, we want to build capacity and commitment and see the way forward. Go to www.onearthpeace.org/gun_violence_campaign_organzing_meet_up_20220902.
-Virlina District is asking for help with a ministry effort on the Virginia Tech campus. “The Blacksburg Ministries Committee of the New Church Development Committee has worked diligently to establish an on-campus ministry for students of The Church of the Brethren at Virginia Tech,” the district bulletin said. “The application process requires the sponsorship of students…. If you know of a current Virginia Tech student who could help us with the application process, please contact Paul J. Stover at (540) 797-5015 or [email protected], Glen H. Sage at (276) 398-3548 or [email protected] or Amber T. Harris at (540) 230-2923 or [email protected]
— The National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States (NCC) is seeking candidates for the position of Director of Communications. This position is based at NCC Headquarters in Washington, DC. The Director of Communications is responsible for all outgoing NCC messaging, including press releases, social media, website, multimedia and the weekly e-newsletter. Find the complete job description on https://nationalcouncilofchurches.us/ncc-seeks-a-director-of-communications. Apply by sending a cover letter and resume to [email protected]
– In other NCC news, council leaders joined Faith for Black Lives to hold an interfaith prayer vigil on the 180th day of Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia. Griner, a professional basketball player for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, has been detained in Russia since Feb. 17, an NCC statement said. “President Biden has described Brittney Griner as wrongfully detained and called on Russia to release her,” the NCC reported. “Faith leaders offered prayers for Brittney Griner, her family, her teammates and for those unjustly incarcerated around the world. We call for the immediate release of Brittney Griner and all who are unjustly incarcerated in the United States and abroad. As faith leaders, we pledge to pray and protest to bring Brittney home. Among those attending the vigil was Vashti M. McKenzie, Bishop and Acting President and Corporate Secretary of the NCC. Watch a recording of the vigil online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShMeVaW65T4.
– Kylie Crist, member of Quinter (Kan.) Church of the Brethren, was nominated for the Kansas Teacher of Promise Award by the Tabor College Education Department. Crist is graduating from college in 2022 and is in her first year teaching at Oakley (Kan.) Elementary School. She will be honored by the Kansas State Department of Education on Sunday, September 25. Learn more about https://tabor.edu/crist-rader-nominated-for-kansas-teacher-of-promise-award.