Author Archives: Renee Schoeller

Synod resolution results in Board of World Mission (BWM) constitution revisions

Both the Southern Province (SP), and soon the Northern Province (NP) are being asked to approve revisions to the Board of World Mission constitution. The Alaska Province and the Unity of the Brethren, official members of the BWM, will also need to ratify the proposed amendments. Much of the work of the BWM has changed […]

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Ponderings: A walk helps fill the blank screen

At the core of my role with the IBOC, I’m a writer. When I sit down at the keyboard, I love to let the words flow. Sometimes, however, the words don’t come. Maybe you’ve been there—that blank screen, with the blinking cursor daring you to fill it with great thoughts and ideas—yet your fingers are […]

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Obituary: Mrs. Edwin A. Sawyer

Sister Elizabeth (Stempel) Sawyer died in Lititz, Pa., on April 12, 2014 at age 99. She was born March 3, 1915 in Winston-Salem, N.C., a daughter of Edward and Adelaide (Ross) Stempel. Sister Sawyer attended public schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Staten Island, N.Y. and graduated from Bethlehem Business College, Bethlehem, Pa.. She was united […]

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Knitters’ work gives Synod more “heart”

A special gift greeted all attendees at the Southern Province 2014 Synod: hand-knit and felted heart shaped bowls filled with candy were placed at every attendees’ spot. The dream of the hearts began months before Synod was on the minds of the majority of folks in the Southern Province. The dream became a reality as […]

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Recognizing the undefinable: Establishing Manna Ministries

“We pray the Lord ever anew to point to us the way to reach our neighbors, opening our hearts and hands to them in their need.” Ground of the Unity How do we reach our neighbors in the midst of ever-changing communities? How do we sustain compassionate ministry amid the complexities of the world in […]

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Canaan pastor comes “full circle” with birth of her son

The Rev. Beth Rohn-Habhegger was the last baby born to a pastor serving Canaan Moravian Church in rural Cass County, N.D. Now, 40 years later, she lives in what was once her childhood home, she serves as pastor at the same church where her father used to minister, and on Feb. 6 she gave birth […]

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