Disciples News Service

Category: Ecumenical

Pennsylvania congregation works to feed 10,000

People participating in the Sayre Christian Church’s Fall Festival to Impact Hunger, Saturday, Sept. 19, were not only there to have fun, but also to help children in third-world countries and in the Valley dealing with hunger. Pastor Kevin Arensman said church members were looking at ways they could help people, both locally and beyond, […]

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Posted on September 29, 2015
Filed under: Congregations, Ecumenical
President of Disciples Home Missions speaks at Capitol Hill press conference

On Monday, Sept. 28, Rev. Ron Degges, president of Disciples Home Missions, spoke at a faith leaders press conference on Syrian refugees.  In his comments, Degges noted Disciples’ historic faith commitments to acceptance of the world’s most vulnerable, despite their religious backgrounds.  Here are excerpts from his planned statement: I am grateful to be a […]

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Posted on September 28, 2015
Filed under: Ecumenical, General, General Ministries
Creation waits

a meditation offered at the interfaith service on Care for Creation Thursday, Sept. 24, at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. My name is Sharon Watkins. I serve as General Minister and President of a historic Protestant denomination called the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ.) I look out over the Congo River. Underneath its languid […]

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Filed under: Ecumenical, General, Overseas Ministries
U.S. faith leaders send letter to Congress on eve of papal visit

“An authentic faith, always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better that we found it. We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all its tragedies and struggles, its hopes and aspirations, […]

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Posted on September 17, 2015
Filed under: Ecumenical, General, Office of the General Minister and President
Blessed Tomorrow organizing climate challenge around papal visit

Pope Francis has done much to bring the issues of climate change to the fore in the media, particularly with his encyclical on the subject. Blessed Tomorrow, a coalition of faith communities and leaders concerned with climate change, is putting together several events in the coming weeks around the pope’s visit to the U.S. Congress. […]

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Religious leaders issue statement re: American Muslims

Keeping Our Communities Open to American Muslims A Statement of Principles from Faith Leaders of Shoulder to Shoulder As leaders of a number of religious groups in this country, we are deeply disturbed by recent reports that a growing number of businesses across America have declared themselves to be “Muslim-free zones,” the latest of which […]

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Posted on September 1, 2015
Filed under: Ecumenical, General, Office of the General Minister and President
End Racism Sunday Sept. 6: a letter from Disciple leaders

August 28, 2015 Dear Colleagues in Ministry, Few of us will ever forget the horror of the murder of nine church members in Bible study – in church. Nine African American faithful, including pastors and laypersons, had welcomed the white stranger into their midst at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. But he was intent […]

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Christian leaders speak on Iran agreement

Letter from the General Minister and President to President Obama on behalf of the General Assembly in response to GA-1540 Support for Agreement with Iran ________ Christian leaders from National Council of Churches distribute letter to Congress Date: August 25, 2015 Contact: Kate Gould, Friends Committee on National Legislation: Kate@fcnl.org Steven D. Martin, National Council […]

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Reconciliation Ministry offers reflection on church burnings

Disciples Continue a Witness of Hope – “…And the Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail . . .” July 1, 2015 Dear Disciples, Since the tragic murder of nine parishioners during a Wednesday night Bible study at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, several historically African American churches have been incinerated by […]

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Posted on July 1, 2015
Filed under: Ecumenical, General, Office of the General Minister and President