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“O Lord; attend to my cry;  give ear to my prayer”  (Psalm 17:1).


Quote of the week:

“We can each examine our own thoughts, words and actions to look for any evidence that might lead others to think that hatred can be consistent with our faith.”

— Andy Murray, moderator of the Church of the Brethren’s 2016 Annual Conference, in a letter to the church following on the mass shooting in Orlando. Find the letter below or go directly to  where it is posted in full.

“Giver of Life and Love, you created all people as one family and called us to live together in harmony and peace.
Surround us with your love as we face the challenges and tragedies of gun violence.
For our dear ones, for our neighbors, for strangers and aliens, and those known to you alone,
Loving God,

     Make us instruments of your peace….”

— From a “Litany for Gun Violence Prevention” offered as a resource by the Episcopal Church, written by Stephen T. Lane, bishop of Maine. The litany was shared in the e-newsletter of the National Council of Churches, among other ecumenical responses to the gun massacre. Find the litany at . Find the newsletter at .


Preparing for Annual Conference:

Brethren are invited to provide continuous prayer during Annual Conference and pre-Conference meetings that take place in Greensboro, N.C., beginning Sunday, June 26. This effort is organized by Annual Conference chaplain Karen B. Cassell. An online site helps choose specific times during which to commit to hold the work of Annual Conference in prayer (please note that all information is confidential and only available to Cassell as administrator of the site). Go to . Those without Internet access are invited to set aside a time to pray for Annual Conference any time from June 26-July 3.

Plan to follow events at Annual Conference online at . This news index page will feature links to news stories posted from Greensboro, photo albums of the Conference, links to webcasts of business and worship, bulletins and sermon texts, a two-page Wrap Up of Annual Conference in pdf format after the Conference ends, and more. Onsite coverage begins June 27.

Delegates also are invited to purchase the Conference wrap up videos from Brethren Press: the Annual Conference Wrap Up DVD with highlights from Greensboro, created by videographer David Sollenberger ($29.95, save $10 off the price by ordering before July 2) and the Annual Conference Sermons DVD ($24.95). Call Brethren Press at 800-441-3712or use the order form in the delegate packet.


Reflecting the face of God that we see in Jesus: Annual Conference moderator issues letter to the church

Annual Conference moderator Andy Murray has issued a letter to the Church of the Brethren, following the shootings in Orlando, Fla., and in advance of the denomination’s annual meeting on June 29-July 3 in Greensboro, N.C. It was first shared in an e-mail to delegates and others who are registered to attend the Conference.

The letter reads, in part: “Dear Brothers and Sisters, My last note to you came with a lighter heart. Today, as I mourn with our country over the Orlando tragedy I want to share once more, now with a sadness and urgency prompted by our national remorse. It is probably not necessary for me to add to the speculation over what we need to do as a country. I want to speak to what we can do as a Church, especially as we anticipate gathering in Greensboro…”

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CDS team cares for children, offers a supportive presence in Orlando

By Kathleen Fry-Miller

Our Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) Orlando team has reported that they feel they are at the right place to offer support. The team is serving in the Family Assistance Center (FAC) that was set up starting Wednesday for families of those who were killed early Sunday morning and for survivors and their families.

The team created a safe and welcoming place for children to play. A few children came that first day and more the second day. As of this morning, more than 90 families have been served at the FAC, including 16 individual children in the CDS center.

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Scott Kinnick to serve as executive minister for Southeastern District

Southeastern District has announced that Scott Kinnick will serve as district executive minister, beginning Sept. 1. He is a life-long member of the Church of the Brethren and an ordained minister. He currently pastors Trinity Church of the Brethren in Blountville, Tenn.

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Brethren Bits

In this issue: Brethren participate in events for Orlando victims, personnel notes and job openings, David Steele welcomed to General Offices, Youth Peace Travel Team starts work, Bethany hosts Nigerian scholar, Nigerian Brethren visit Mill Creek Church on their way to Annual Conference, Southeastern District aids school in Haiti, Northern Plains District presents “Breaking Bread with Elizabeth Ripley,” and more.

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Contributors to this Newsline include Jan Fischer Bachman, Deborah Brehm, Jeff Carter, Karen B. Cassell, Chris Douglas, Chris Ford, Kathleen Fry-Miller, Mary Kay Heatwole, Suzanne Lay, Wendy McFadden, Andy Murray, LaDonna Sanders Nkosi, Margie Paris, Frank Ramirez, and editor Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, director of News Services for the Church of the Brethren. Contact the editor at . Newsline appears every week, with special issues as needed. Stories may be reprinted if Newsline is cited as the source. The next regularly scheduled issue of Newsline is set for June 24.

Continuing the Work of Jesus. Peacefully. Simply. Together.

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