Disciples News Service

Archive: April 2015

RFRA follow-up letter sent to Indiana governor

April 24, 2015 The Honorable Michael R. Pence Governor of the State of Indiana 200 W. Washington Street, Room 206 Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 Governor Pence: We have seen the huge new banner in the Indianapolis airport proclaiming “Indy Welcomes All.” We read in the Indianapolis Star that you declared on April 14, “I think the […]

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Pension Fund seeks senior vice-president/president-elect

The Board of Directors of the Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Inc. is seeking candidates and candidate recommendations for the position of Senior Vice-President/President Elect.  This position has been created to serve a transitional role in conjunction with the retirement of the current president, following which the President Elect will become […]

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Posted on April 21, 2015
Filed under: General, General Ministries
Message from Sharon re: 2017 Assembly

April 13, 2015 Dear Disciples, The General Board has determined that the 2017 General Assembly should take place in Indianapolis “as a continued witness for wholeness”. Two weeks ago, the board authorized a move away from Indianapolis due to a new Indiana law called The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SEA101 or RFRA). This law raised […]

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General Board chooses city for 2017 General Assembly

Media contact: Cherilyn Williams  |  cwilliams@disciples.org April 13, 2015 The General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), meeting in Kansas City, MO, on April 13, has selected Indianapolis for the 2017 General Assembly. The board had determined on March 31 to seek a new venue after the March 25 signing of the Religious […]

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Ministries rally around Mississippi church

Real Faith Christian Church in Clarksdale, MS, had fallen victim to a string of disasters during a building project. Several Disciple ministries banded together to help get Real Faith into a fully renovated building for Easter Sunday. Partnerships included many, many individuals and groups from across the life of Disciples marshaled by Disciples Volunteering, staff […]

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Guest column: Housing costs issue for seniors

With the US population of older adults on track to double by 2025 and the growing number of elderly poor, the current housing crisis has hit seniors hard.  According to the Census Bureau, nationally, almost half of all seniors have incomes below 200 percent of the poverty threshold under the supplemental measure. Furthermore, the National […]

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Posted on April 10, 2015
Filed under: General
The Chalice
College of Regional Ministers offers letter to Church

Pastoral letter to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) from the College of Regional Ministers concerning excessive force against unarmed African American men   April 9, 2015 To our Sisters and Brothers in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. The College of Regional Ministers […]

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Posted on April 9, 2015
Filed under: Congregations, General, General Ministries, Regions
Christian Church leaders hopeful with possible changes to Indiana law

Update: Governor Mike Pence signed into law amendments to the RFRA on Thursday, April 2. The General Board will discuss the 2017 assembly at its regular meeting next week. After conferring with leaders, there will be a recommendation to hold the 2017 assembly in Indianapolis.   Listen to NPR interview of Sharon Watkins from April […]

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