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— Eder Financial (formerly Brethren Benefit Trust) is seeking candidates for the position of Sales Manager. This position will be part of the organization’s leadership team. This requires someone who can solve the expressed and unexpressed needs of a future client; and can meet potential clients at their convenience, whether in person, on Zoom, or at a conference. Travel opportunities include, but are not limited to, attendance at a church profit plan workshop in April, annual Brethren Church conference in July, district conferences at the fall and a Church Benefits Association conference each December, as well as networking and other educational activities. travel related to the organization’s products, services and potential clientele. When the Sales Manager is not on the road, their work will be performed remotely, which will require the ability to work well independently in any environment. Flexibility in schedules is a must. This position requires an undergraduate degree; 4+ years of experience identifying, creating and reporting on sales opportunities; and effective oral and written communication skills. The ideal person is an outgoing listener and engaging communicator, committed to achieving sales success through building strong relationships who care about the customer issue and the reputation of the organization. Compensation includes a strong benefits package with organizational contributions for retirement; medical, life and long-term disability coverage; the option to add dental, vision and short-term disability coverage; 22 days of vacation, accumulated at the beginning of the year; and flexible working hours within a basic structure of the working day. This is a full-time exempt position for a non-profit, faith-based organization that aligns with the traditions of the peace church. Employees practice their faith in a wide range of worldviews and denominations. To learn more about Eder Financial, visit To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Tammy Chudy at

– Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana, is seeking candidates for the position of Director of Annual Giving and Leadership to join the Advancement Team. This person will develop and direct the seminary’s “general public” fundraising and maintain a portfolio of donors (individuals and churches). The director will strategize and actively work to build relationships with a variety of constituents, securing financial support for the seminar. Find the position announcement and application instructions at

— Camp Emmaus located near Mount Morris, Illinois, has an opening for a Camp Leader. The camp is affiliated with the Church of the Brethren’s District of Illinois and Wisconsin, offering camps for children, youth, and other groups. The property has two small streams that weave their way through rolling ravines covered in many varieties of hardwoods and open grasslands. Qualifications include strong administrative, organizational, marketing, leadership, communication, maintenance, record keeping skills, as well as basic accounting and computer skills. The camp leader must be a Christian and a member of the Brethren Church or have an appreciation and understanding of the Brethren beliefs and values. Responsibilities include working with the Emmaus Camp Board, maintaining grounds and buildings, promoting the use of facilities, working with rental groups, maintaining camp records, availability and willingness to assist in summer camping ministry, working with district churches to hold events on camp property, providing a caring Christian environment for those who use, rent and/or visit the facilities. While in the past the Camp Manager held a full-time on-site position, the schedule and salary can be negotiated. Housing is provided. Send a letter of interest and resume to Camp Emmaus Board Chair, Aaron Gerdes, c/o Camp Emmaus, 12340 North Grove Road, Sycamore, IL 60178 or email .

– The last Messenger the playlist was curated by Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) volunteer Michael Brewer-Berres, who works as an acting program assistant in the BVS office. She writes, “I chose songs that relate to the themes presented throughout the number, especially love, acceptance and hope.” Find the playlist for the October issue of Church of the Brethren magazine at

The contents of the October 2022 issue of Messenger

— On Earth Peace is hosting an organizing “meet-and-meet” for its new campaign on gun violence, online Oct. 14 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,” the 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. RSVP at

— Community Peacemaker Teams (CPT) has been selected as the 2023 recipient of the Community of Christ and Shaw Family Foundation International Peace Prize. A CPT announcement said: “The award recognizes our commitment to transformative non-violence for over 35 years, honoring our diversity in representation of ethnicity, gender and faith and our common struggle to abolish poverty and ending human suffering…. CPT joins a long list of laureates that includes Leymah Gbowee, Dolores Huerta and Father Virgilio Elizondo, to name a few. CPT will receive the award at the Community of Christ World Conference in April 2023.” Read the full press release at the-international-peace-award-2023.

— In other CPT news, a Palestinian delegation has been announced for 3-14 November. “Olive trees have always been symbols used to describe Palestinian resistance in their land, and the olive harvest season is the season that brings Palestinian families together and reminds them of the importance of defending their homeland,” the statement reads. announcement. “Join our delegation to learn how the Israeli occupation makes the annual harvest more difficult for these families, but also to find out how Palestinians still enjoy their lives in the H2 area and the South Hebron Hills. During the delegation, you will enjoy a special Palestinian tour of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron. You’ll visit camps in Bethlehem, eat Kanafeh Nabulsi, and wander the back streets of Jerusalem. You will meet Palestinians of various religions including Muslims, Christians, Jews and Samaritans. You will live and work with the CPT Palestine team, helping us with our visits, family visits, school supervision, documentation and building partnerships. We will learn together in the sessions about undoing oppressions and we will focus on its centrality in the movement of solidarity, peace, justice and a free Palestine. The application deadline is October 5. Go to

— The September 2022 edition of Voice of the Brothers, a community television program produced by Portland (Oregon) Peace Church of the Brethren, features the 2022 Brethren Church Annual Conference. John Jones, a delegate from the Pacific Northwest District, shares his experience with host Brent Carlson. The program features a challenge to the church body by moderator David Sollenberger; the music of Scott Duffey, who was a worship music leader at the annual conference; as well as Cliff Kindy’s sharing of a life-changing experience as a CPT member. The program can be viewed along with previous Brethren Voices programs at


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