A delegation of Disciples joined President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter in Nanjing, China to unveil a statue of Dr. William Macklin and dedicate a new wing at the Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital. Dr. Macklin was a Disciples missionary from Canada, starting schools and providing medical care in the Nanjing area. The Drum Tower Hospital began […]Read more
Disciples News Service
Archive: December 2012
Every season has its beauty. The stark leafless trees against the Midwest winter sky can be breathtaking. Perhaps because the winter cold has set in, though, I am thinking of spring! There is that great moment in spring when you first take off the heavy coat and boots, scarves and gloves and step outside in your shirt sleeves to feel the sun warm against your skin. You move out unencumbered, free to explore the greening, budding world of new life that has been waiting all winter to be born.Read more
By Glenda Warren, marketing manager, New Directions Christian Church In Memphis, one of the denomination’s largest churches is emerging as a leader in the use of technology to reach the unchurched. New Direction Christian Church, led by Senior Pastor Dr. Stacy L. Spencer, began in 2001 with 60 members as a church plant of Mississippi […]Read more
As we think of the deaths of so many in Newtown, Connecticut, we know a couple of things. As our president said, our hearts are broken. But we also know, as William Sloan Coffin reminded us so many years ago, that God’s heart was the first to break – over the brokenness in the mind of young Adam and then for all that happened at his hand to so many precious children and their teachers. God weeps along with all of us for their families and classmates, for the first responders, the care givers, and for all of us who now need to think “what is our response?”
There’s a particular horror for Christians that it happened in this season – this season of light. But this season can also be the source of comfort and even hope for us. It’s at this season that we remember in a focused way, the presence of God.
At Advent and Christmas, we remember that God loves us so much as to come in person, as a vulnerable child, to walk with us. To be hungry like us, cold, tired at times, and eventually to die just like we do. In this season we think of God as Immanuel – God with us. A God of ultimate love, who walks in ultimate solidarity with us.
And so we know that even in our pain God is with us, and God gets it. We can turn to God with our anger and hurt and questions and dismay. We can lean on God’s presence for comfort and rest. And we can draw on God for strength – to help us find the energy to reach out to those who are so grievously injured in this – and to find the commitment to work for a day when children of God are not subject to violence – either in classrooms or on city streets.
O God receive our tears, we pray. Take our questions upon yourself. Turn our anger into righteous action representing your love for every person you have created. Give us strength that we who have experienced such horror may nevertheless be messengers of your peace and the embodiment of your love. In the name of the vulnerable child, Jesus, and the ever-present risen Christ, we pray. AMEN
For advice and thoughts from our NBA children’s ministries, please go to their website.Read more
United Disciples Christian Church in Richardson, Texas is a congregation averaging about 115 in worship each week. Rev. Joseph Harker says, “Our hearts are filled with a hunger for ensuring bellies of those in need aren’t empty.” One Sunday, an outreach project yielded 13,470 meals for those suffering from malnutrition. Partnering with Kids Against Hunger […]Read more
A reflection by Rev. Carol Devine Minister of Green Chalice, a partner ministry of Disciples Home Missions and Christian Church in Kentucky “Mary, did you know your child would lead us to feed the starving? Mary, did you know your child would cause us to be merciful?” Our General Minister and President has inspired and […]Read more
Bruce Tilsley, 80, of Arvada, Colo., passed away on Nov. 27, 2012. Tilsley was the graphic designer responsible for defining the now-familiar chalice logo of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) accepted at the 1971 General Assembly in Louisville. It was based on a napkin drawing given to him by Robert Friedly and Ronald Osborn. […]Read more
By Patricia Case Thanks to a little redemptive recycling, the jeans that a 13-year-old girl outgrew this year are helping a local single mom move her family off the street. While it sounds like economic alchemy, converting used jeans into security for a struggling family is exactly what founders imagined when they established Chalice Thrift, […]Read more
By Rev. Dr. Patricia Donahoo, executive director, Disciples Women’s Ministries As part of the Woman-to-Woman Worldwide (WWW) ministry of Disciples Women, a delegation of fourteen women returned from China on Saturday, November 16, 2012. Disciples Women works in partnership with Global Ministries to participate in a ministry of presence with sisters all over the world. […]Read more
Rev. Mary Jacobs of Tempe, AZ was unanimously called as the Transitional Interim Regional Minister (TIRM). Jacobs is a third generation Disciple of Christ and an ordained minister. She attended Texas Christian University and Pacific School of Religion. Mary was ordained in this Region in 1979, serving her first call as Co-Pastor of Vallejo First […]Read more