Brethren Community Television is now in its 13th year. “Brethren Voices,” a half-hour television program shares what Brethren do as a matter of faith. Since its beginnings, the stories of Brethren, living out their faith, from 17 different states and 7 countries have been broadcast on over 50 community access stations around the country. Check us out: WWW.YouTube.com/Brethrenvoices.
January 2018 “Brethren Voices” Features Renewable Energy
Exemplified By The Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren
The Amish have always shown us how. . . . .
to save energy with their ways of simple living. We are now in a time when we are faced with saving energy as a way to keep the Earth from over heating.
Slowing and then reversing climate change is a monumental challenge of our time.
The Brethren related organization, New Community Project believes that the change is more likely to be a grass-roots effort, rather than coming from
the political or corporate leaders. NCP feels that change will come from the people who care deeply about our planet, its people and the future.
The Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren of Ft. Wayne, Indiana is showing us the way with their installation of 66 solar panels on their church roof.
The family of Craig Smith & Carla Kilgore of the Beacon Heights congregation, also made the decision to be more energy efficient, to install solar panels on their home. Both of these applications provide the community with their excess electricity.
“Brethren Voices” meets with members of the Beacon Heights congregation to hear of the changes that they have made to use renewable energy as
a part of their witness and outreach to the community.
“Brethren Voices” for December features Alternative Gift Giving Ideas. This year we recommend a gift to Brethren Disaster Ministries which assists people to rebuild following disasters. “Brethren Voices” shares what Brethren and its many volunteers have been doing to assist the survivors of some of these disasters. The needs are truly great. The Brethren also respond to disasters via Children’s Disaster Services which provides child care immediately following a natural or man made disaster.
“Brethren Voices” received permission from pianist and composer, Ken Medema to share one of his improvised compositions about Children’s Disaster Services. Ken has been performing for over 40 years in many different venues. Though blind from birth, Ken sees and hears with heart and mind, sharing through improvisation. “Teach Me How To Play Again,” one of Ken’s creations was performed at the 2015 National Older Adult Conference, in North Carolina. “Brethren Voices” also received permission from Thomas Lauderdale and the Pink Martini for the use of the theme music for our Christmas program. Individuals wishing to volunteer with Brethren Disaster Ministries may obtain additional information from WWW.Brethren.ORG/BDM.