Disciples News Service

Archive: January 2013

Watkins signs on to National Interreligious Leadership Initiative letter on Middle East

The National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East released a statement Jan. 25 in which Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders call for a new peace initiative in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Thirty American Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders warned today that “twilight has fallen on the possibility of a peaceful resolution to […]

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Posted on January 25, 2013
Filed under: Ecumenical, Office of the General Minister and President
Watkins, other Disciple leaders participate in Obama inauguration

The Rev. Dr. Sharon  E. Watkins, general minister and president, offered the opening acclamation for the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service for President Barack Obama on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. Watkins was the preacher for Obama’s first inaugural prayer service, joined by the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale of Georgia providing […]

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Posted on January 22, 2013
Filed under: Ecumenical, Office of the General Minister and President, People
Reflections Post-Sandy

On the day that Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast, one pastor of a Disciples congregation in Brooklyn threw a case of water in the back seat of his car and headed out to the worst hit zone nearby. That congregation is now adopting two schools for the long haul. Another partner congregation, within days had worked their connections and were bringing van loads of food and water and supplies to the hardest hit areas.

So much has happened in the news since “Superstorm Sandy” that the nation would almost have forgotten about it – except for the spotlight that Governor Christie of New Jersey brings to the Congressional wrangling over aid funding.

But the people who lived through Sandy won’t forget this storm ever.

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Posted on January 18, 2013
Filed under: Sharon's Blog
Bethany Fellowships provide support for new congregational pastors

Roughly one out of every three young pastors entering congregational ministry will leave the profession within five years. The Bethany Fellowships aims to address that problem. For more than a decade, strengthening congregations has been the intention of Bethany Fellowships. In response to the stark reality that so many young pastors left congregational ministry so […]

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Posted on January 15, 2013
Filed under: Congregations, Higher Education
Stewardship certification offered for lay and clergy; Class begins Feb. 4

Lexington Theological Seminary (LTS) and the Center for Faith and Giving (CFG) are partnering to offer a certification program that advances a comprehensive understanding of stewardship for those preparing for ministry as well as those who serve congregations in the areas of stewardship, personal/congregational finance and best practices for organizations and congregations. “It’s not just […]

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General Ministries offer Disciples Seminarians Conference

All Disciples of Christ ministerial students who have completed at least one year of master of divinity study are invited to the Disciples Seminarians Conference, March 14-17, 2013, at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn. The conference is sponsored by the General Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and coordinated by Higher Education […]

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