Disciples News Service

Archive: April 2009

Mobile HIV Prevention and Testing Unit Rolls in the Wabash Valley

Terre Haute, Indiana – April 14, 2009 – The Disciples HIV/AIDS Ministry and Wabash Valley People Attempting To Help, Inc. announced today a strategy to dramatically increase the availability of Rapid HIV testing for underserved communities in western central Indiana via a mobile HIV prevention and testing van. The announcement, made at Human Rights Day at […]

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Posted on April 30, 2009
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General Board Makes Major Changes During Its 2009 Meeting

(Indianapolis, Ind. – DNS – April 24, 2009) – The 2009 General Board gave its stamp of approval to a number of changes that signal new ways of handling many church-wide matters. During a nearly four-day period in Indianapolis from April 18-21, the board discussed new means of ordering ministry, better partnering with congregations for […]

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Blood Donors at Indianapolis General Assembly to Save Lives

Disciples attending this summer’s General Assembly will have an opportunity to contribute to a great cause – the cause of life. There will be a blood drive during the 2009 Indianapolis General Assembly, which runs July 29 – Aug. 2 at the Indiana Convention Center. Blood donors also will get their cholesterol checked and blood […]

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Posted on April 28, 2009
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2008 Strong for Chalice Press Book Sales; Board and Management Address Challenges and Next Steps

ST. LOUIS, MO — Christian Board of Publication president and publisher Cyrus N. "Russ" White reported recently to the board of directors that while the publishing house faces significant challenges in the current economic downturn, it remains financially sound, serving more congregations within and beyond North America than ever before, and aggressively developing new products, […]

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Posted on April 15, 2009
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General Minister And President Named To Presidential Advisory Council

General Minister and President Sharon E. Watkins has been named to President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Watkins, who is among 25 faith and community leaders appointed to the Council, was in Washington, D.C. earlier this week to attend the group’s first meeting. "I am glad to be part of such […]

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Posted on April 14, 2009
Filed under: Office of the General Minister and President
Disciples Asked To Support Travel To Cuba For All

Disciples are being encouraged to urge their congressional representatives to end the ban on travel by United States citizens to Cuba. The Division of Overseas Ministries/Global Ministries is asking Disciples to write letters to Congress asking that legislation be passed that would lift travel restrictions to Cuba for all Americans. Lawmakers introduced bills earlier this […]

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Church Extension Advanced $22.25 Million In Loans In 2008

During a period when many financial institutions curtailed their lending, Church Extension advanced $22.25 million in loans to Disciples of Christ congregations in 2008. This brings to $148.5 million the total in active loans that Church Extension has in place with congregations in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as of December 31, 2008. […]

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Wellness Retreat For New Clergy To Precede General Assembly

Clergy in the first few years of ministry are encouraged to attend a special retreat that focuses on health and wellness. The Pension Fund and Disciples Home Missions are sponsoring "Called to Lead: A Clergy Wellness Retreat for New Pastors." The retreat will start at noon on July 28 at the Fatima Retreat House in […]

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Nominations Being Accepted For New Preaching Award

Disciples of Christ Historical Society in partnership with the Craddock Center has created the "Fred Craddock Award for Excellence in Preaching." The award will be conferred annually, or biennially, to a Disciples minister under the age of 35 exhibiting outstanding skills in the pulpit. Included in the award will be a certificate of accomplishment, a […]

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Disciples Home Missions Gearing Up For Indianapolis Assembly

Disciples Home Missions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is preparing a full slate of activities to offer Disciples who will attend the 2009 General Assembly in Indianapolis. The activities include mission opportunities before and during the Assembly, which will take place July 29 – Aug. 2, tours of the Disciples Center in downtown […]

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