Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Brethren bits: Remembrance, personnel, and more.
  • Richard Bowman, past president of Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home Inc., a Church of the Brethren retirement center in Boonsboro, Md., died at home on Sept. 11 after a three-year battle with cancer. Bowman served as top executive for Fahrney-Keedy for 28 years, starting in 1976 as administrator of the facility. He served as president from 2000 through his retirement in 2003. Bowman saw the expansion of Fahrney-Keedy from a basic nursing home to a full-service program offering assisted living, independent living facilities, and houses in the Fahrney-Keedy Village. He was responsible for the home receiving Continuing Care Retirement Community certification, creation of the home's water treatment system--for which he held a water treatment plant superintendent's certificate for 20 years, and creation of an Alzheimer's unit in 1985, named the Bowman Center in 2003. Also in 2003, Bowman received the Fahrney-Keedy Life-Time Achievement Award. He was a member of Hagerstown (Md.) Church of the Brethren, and is survived by his wife, Carolyn. "He will be remembered for his humor and spirit," said staff of the Association of Brethren Caregivers. Memorial contributions may be sent to Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village, 8507 Mapleville Rd., Boonsboro, MD 21713. Contributions made in memory of Richard Bowman will be used for the home's Resident Benevolent Fund. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Hagerstown Church of the Brethren at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18.

  • A memorial service for Donald Durnbaugh will take place at Stone Church of the Brethren in Huntingdon, Pa., at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Share written remembrances with the family by sending remembrances to Stone Church of the Brethren, 1623 Moore St., Huntingdon, PA 16652 (note on the envelope that it is a Don Durnbaugh remembrance). Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Peacemaker Teams, P.O. Box 6508, Chicago, IL 60680; or Doctors Without Borders, 333 Seventh Ave., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001.

  • In two personnel announcements from Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind., David McFadden has been promoted to executive vice president, and Michael Eastman is the new vice president for College Advancement. McFadden will lead enrollment, planning, and marketing, and will carry responsibilities for many operational issues. He is an active member of the Church of the Brethren, and served as vice president for enrollment since 1993. Eastman comes to Manchester from Ball State University, where he was director of Development. He brings a background in fundraising, strategic planning, and alumni administration. He also served as alumni director for the University of Cincinnati, George Mason University, and Anderson University. For more about Manchester, visit

  • Bridgewater (Va.) College has announced the hiring of Mitchell L. Moore as associate vice president for Institutional Advancement. Most recently Moore was senior development officer for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and also has served as vice president for Development and Alumni Relations at James Madison University and vice president for College Relations at Sweet Briar College. For more information about Bridgewater see

  • The University of La Verne (ULV) has selected Homa Shabahang at associate vice president for Regional Campuses. She has served as associate dean of the College of Professional Studies at University of San Francisco, associate dean of the School of Business at Chapman University, assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Cal State Fullerton, and chair of the Economics Department at Rochester Institute of Technology. For more see

  • New Brethren Volunteer Service workers with the General Board include Dean Feasenhiser, in the Brethren Historical Library and Archives in Elgin, Ill.; Todd Flory, at the Brethren Witness/Washington Office; and Monica Rice, in Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Feasenhiser, of Fruitland (Idaho) Church of the Brethren, is a 2005 graduate of McPherson College and is serving as an archival assistant processing records, responding to reference requests, preparing books for cataloguing, and filing. Flory, of McPherson (Kan.) Church of the Brethren, is a graduate of Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., and brings experience as a reporter to his position as legislative associate. Rice, of Springfield Church of the Brethren in Akron, Ohio, and a 2004 graduate of Manchester College, will be coordinating the 2006 youth and young adult workcamps.

  • The Gather 'Round curriculum project still has openings for writers for two curriculum units. Persons wishing to submit an application for the Preschool unit (ages 3-4, with tips for 2s) or the Multi-age unit (grades K-6, with suggestions for older students) may request an application packet from Anna Speicher, project director and editor, or 800-323-8039. Accepted candidates must attend a writers' conference at Camp Alexander Mack on Jan. 8-12, 2006. Writing will begin in January. Deadline for applications is Nov. 1.

  • The Brethren Witness/Washington Office of the General Board is asking Brethren to support world leaders working on global poverty and hunger reduction at a United Nations summit in New York. The United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) aimed at reducing global poverty and hunger are being attacked by proposed amendments by the US, the office reported. The more than 750 amendments "significantly reduce the focus on global poverty and delete every single reference to the Millenium Development Goals. One of the purposes of the MDGs is to provide a blueprint to cut extreme global poverty in half by 2015." While world leaders are gathering at the UN, people of faith will convene for three days of prayer, fasting, and witness Sept. 14-16 in New York's Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. Participants will ask US leaders to increase aid to combat global poverty by one percent of the federal budget--$25 billion over five years. Phil Jones, director of the Brethren Witness/Washington Office, will be at the witness on Sept. 14 and invites Brethren to join him, or to stage vigils in their own communities. A flier about the event is available from 800-785-3246 or

  • Help "dig through the roof" (Mark 2:3-5) this October. The Association of Brethren Caregivers (ABC) is encouraging congregations to celebrate the month as Disabilities Awareness Month. Resources from the Disabilities Ministry available at include worship resources, Sunday school lessons, materials for children, ideas for raising congregational awareness, an accessibility checklist, information about ABC's Open Roof Award, funding suggestions, and resources for adapting church rituals for those with special needs. The network has a list serve as a way for those interested in disability ministries to communicate with one another. To sign up, visit

  • Nov. 6 is Junior High Sunday in the Church of the Brethren. The theme comes from Hebrews 10:24, "Provoke One Another to Love and Good Deeds." Graphics, a Bible study, worship resources and ideas, a skit, and more are available at Materials will not be mailed to congregations but are in PDF format for printing from the website.

  • The Regional Junior High Conference scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 2 will be the first of its kind in the Church of the Brethren, reported Chris Douglas of the General Board's Youth and Young Adult Ministries. The conference at New Windsor, Md., is co-sponsored by the General Board and eight districts in the eastern part of the US. Registration already is closed because the maximum attendance of 240 people has been reached. Those who are registered are urged to bring Gift of the Heart Health Kits for the Sunday morning offering, when Annual Conference moderator-elect Belita Mitchell is preaching. An e-mail to conference participants asked them to go to for information on making kits.

  • Three district conferences will be held Sept. 16-17. Northern Indiana District will meet on the theme, "Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus; Hebrews 12:1-4," at Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren in Fort Wayne, Ind., with moderator Dan Petry. Southern Pennsylvania District will meet on the theme "Jesus--Worthy of Praise!" at Ridge Church of the Brethren in Shippensburg, Pa., with moderator Kenneth Geisewite. West Marva District will meet at Moorefield (W.Va.) Church of the Brethren with moderator Harold Garber.

  • Two Brethren peacemakers are helping to organize "Camp Casey Across the Country," an effort to call for an end to the war in Iraq, bring the US troops home, and "make lasting lifestyle choices for peace." Cliff Kindy, who has been a member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in Iraq, and Tom Benevento, Latin America/Caribbean specialist for the Global Mission Partnerships of the General Board, are contact people for the project sponsored by CPT-USA Iraq Peace Team and the Bring Them Home Now Coalition. The project invites peacemakers to establish "Camp Casey" nonviolent encampments--modeled after the encampment established by Cindy Sheehan over the summer in Crawford, Texas--at congressional district offices across the country starting Oct. 2. Those who participate are invited to fast at the encampments, and to make "oil-free" pilgrimages to their district offices by walking, bicycling, using a wheel chair, or riding on public transportation. For more information call Kindy at 260-982-2971 or Benevento at 574-534-0942 or e-mail
Source: 9/14/2005 Newsline

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