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Archive: May 2014

Meet our (Cuban) family

I’d like to introduce you to some of our partners – brothers and sisters in Christ – who I had the pleasure of meeting in Cuba.

Meet Mercedes of the Presbyterian Church of the Resurrection. Eighty some years old and still going strong. She’s always been strong. After the Cuban Revolution many pastors fled – or were forced – from the country. At her church in the city now called Juan Gualberto Gomez, she was the only one left. A leader from the seminary came through and asked her, “Do you want to close the church?” She answered, “Close the church! Of course not. I’m here. We’ll build the church!” And she has. Today there is a small but thriving congregation there providing spiritual nurture and meeting physical needs of poor people in the town. Mercedes makes clear in word and deed: Christians serve a God of resurrection and of life.

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Posted on May 29, 2014
Filed under: Sharon's Blog
Watkins joins voices for farm workers

Mr. Emil Brolick, CEOWendy’s International, Inc.1 Dave Thomas Blvd.Dublin, OH, 43017 May 28, 2014 Dear Mr. Brolick: Nine years ago, as the CEO of Taco Bell, you pioneered a partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Florida growers that set in motion a new paradigm for human rights and corporate social responsibility. For three […]

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Posted on May 28, 2014
Filed under: Office of the General Minister and President
Iglesia Cristiana Pentecostal de Cuba

(Praying and worshiping with Disciples international mission partners is one of the privileges of serving as General Minister and President. Recently that opportunity came in Cuba when Brite Divinity School, as part of a course, sponsored a visit to the island to study pastoral care. Rick Lowery and I tagged along.)

We were nearing the end of worship on this Sunday in Havana. Global Ministries missionary and church history scholar Dr. Carmelo Alvarez called me up to the front of the church. We were going to participate in a tradition, he said – a tradition of reconciliation. Citizens of Cuba and the United States have much to forgive. Christians of every nation, however, have confidence that God’s power through Jesus Christ to reconcile is stronger than what lies between us. And so we prayed.

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Ministries joining together for children in need

Disciples Home Missions (DHM), Week of Compassion, and the National Benevolent Association (NBA) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are collaborating with the Church of the Brethren Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) to create a new position and initiative that will meet the needs of children affected by disaster in the U.S. A new memorandum […]

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Posted on May 13, 2014
Filed under: General Ministries
Congregation partners locally to open mission house

Timing is everything. Or at least that’s what I used to believe before coming to First Christian Church of Hopkinsville in the spring of 2010. I arrived knowing that in the two years leading up to my acceptance of the position as Senior Minister, the church had completed a $600,000 capital renovation project, invested $30,000 […]

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Posted on May 9, 2014
Filed under: Congregations
Congregation partners locally to open mission house

by Rev. Nathan C. Brown, senior minister Timing is everything. Or at least that’s what I used to believe before coming to First Christian Church of Hopkinsville in the spring of 2010. I arrived knowing that in the two years leading up to my acceptance of the position as Senior Minister, the church had completed […]

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Posted on May 6, 2014
Filed under: Congregations
Still Celebrating Easter

My assignment was to talk about interreligious engagement. It didn’t seem too difficult a topic given the recent shooting in Kansas City. The interconnections between Christians and Jews would be obvious. The shooter had meant to kill Jews but unintentionally had targeted Christians, showing that we’re all in this life together. Hate hurts all of […]

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Posted on May 2, 2014
Filed under: Sharon's Blog