Disciples News Service

Archive: November 2011

Disciples pastor stars in Swedish reality TV show

The Rev. Brian Gerard, senior minister of First Christian Church of Louisville, Ky., is currently starring in a Swedish reality television series. “Allt för Sverige” tells the stories of ten Americans of Swedish descent who travel to Sweden to learn about their ancestors, discover their homeland, and compete for the grand prize of a reunion […]

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Posted on November 16, 2011
Filed under: People
Kinnamon stepping down as NCC general secretary

The Rev. Michael Kinnamon, general secretary of the National Council of Churches (NCC), is stepping down for health-related reasons. Kinnamon, a Disciples pastor and ecumenical leader, is continuing his responsibilities in the short term to assure a smooth transition to new leadership. To read more about Kinnamon and the leadership transition process, visit: www.ncccusa.org/news/111111kinnamonfolo.html

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Former CFO sentenced in church embezzlement case

Jason Reynolds was sentenced on November 9 to 97 months in prison on federal charges of embezzling more than $850,000 during his time as chief financial officer for National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C. Reynolds was convicted on 12 counts, including wire fraud, bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and tax evasion. To read the […]

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Filed under: Congregations, People
Lexington Theological Seminary welcomes vice president

Mark Blankenship, who joined Lexington Theological Seminary on November 15 as vice president of advancement, says that having a committed alumni base is key to the success of the seminary, its students and the congregations they serve. To read more about Blankenship, go to: www.lextheo.edu/2011/11/lexington-theological-seminary-names-new-vice-president/ 

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Filed under: Higher Education
RIM issues third quarter refugee report

In FY 2011, the U.S. Refugee Admission Program admitted over 56,000 people, according to the most recent report from Refugee and Immigration Ministries (RIM). More than 5,000 of these new arrivals are working with Church World Service. To read the report, visit: www.discipleshomemissions.org/pages/RIM-Resettlement 

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Filed under: General Ministries
NAPAD to host youth/young adult retreat

The North American Pacific/Asian Disciples (NAPAD) will host the Youth/Young Adult Reconciliation Retreat, December 26-29 at Camp Ocean Pine in Cambria, Calif. “Anti-Racism and Reconciliation” is the theme. The event will include the Rev. April Johnson, the denomination’s minister of reconciliation. Registration, a schedule and scholarship guidelines can be found at: www.napad.net.

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Filed under: General Ministries, Young Adult
Foundation to honor couple for distinguished service

The Rev. Huberto Pimentel, national pastor of the Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries, and his wife Arlene have been named recipients of the Harry T. Ice Distinguished Service Award from the Christian Church Foundation. The award recognizes Disciples for personal generosity and exemplary service to the church. To read the full story, go to: […]

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Plan an educational event for World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day on December 1 reminds us that HIV/AIDS is an issue for everyone. Global Ministries is committed to walking with our global partners in HIV/AIDS education, prevention and treatment. Your congregation can help educate others about HIV/AIDS around the world. For resources, visit: globalministries.org/resources/special-days/aids-day/  

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New leader development ministry grounded in partnership

Church Extension’s board of directors recently approved and acknowledged the legal steps required to establish the Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation; Board of Church Extension of Disciples of Christ, Inc., dba Disciples Church Extension Fund (formerly Church Extension); and parent organization Church Extension Financial and Missional Resources, Inc. Read the full release at: www.disciples.org/Portals/0/PDF/DNS/2011/20111116-HopeBoardActions.pdf

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