Disciples News Service

Category: General Assembly

Thoughts regarding our call to welcome

In a January 27 statement published by Church World Service in response to President Donald Trump’s Executive Order regarding refugees, I offered these thoughts…… “Disciples communities around the nation are eager to help and to welcome refugees. As the first faith movement founded on the American frontier, our members remember deeply the characteristics of independence, […]

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Posted on January 27, 2017
Filed under: Ecumenical, General, General Assembly, Sharon's Blog
Administrative Committee meets in Indy

Oct. 28-29, 2016 Mission First! The Mission First! pilot continues to move along according to plan. By Nov. 12, more than 80 face-to-face Mission Gatherings will have taken place. Data from more than 2,100 surveys is being prepared for the work of the Mission Council Dec. 2-4 in Dallas, TX. Reports Progress reports from task […]

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Nomination process open for general board, moderators

Nominations due Nov. 1, 2016 The General Nominating Committee will be meeting in December to nominate a moderator team and the next GNC class of the general board. Each biennium, the GNC seeks nominations from across the life of the church for qualified persons to serve in this capacity. The moderator team serves a two-year […]

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Delegation speaks about Korean peninsula

When North Korea tests another warhead, our sisters and brothers in South Korea shudder. Though it has been 63 years since the armistice was signed, the Korean Peninsula remains starkly divided. Families separated for seven decades rarely have opportunities to communicate and sanctions prevent even medicine from being sent to the north. Disciples have spoken […]

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Posted on July 28, 2016
Filed under: Ecumenical, General, General Assembly, Overseas Ministries
Social Witness Task Force needs feedback

Why? The Task Force on Social Witness was called into being at the 2015 General Assembly in response to resolution GA 1524 “Call for a Church-Wide Task Force on the Sense of the Assembly Resolution Process.” This resolution defines the task force’s purpose: “to bring to the 2017 General Assembly a jointly sponsored process for […]

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Posted on June 24, 2016
Filed under: Administrative Committee, Congregations, General Assembly, General Board
A letter to the Church re: violence

from members* of the College of Regional Ministers and the Cabinet of General Ministries June 2016 In times of trouble, people of faith call upon God in prayer (Psalm 61:1-2) In these days, we pray for the families and friends of the 49 women and men killed and 53 wounded  – mostly LGBTQ Latinos and […]

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#DOCWeAreOne – Let’s show it

Jordan “JD” White saw something he didn’t like and decided to do something about it in the fall of 2015. “Seeing the divisions that we have, and my generation becoming less connected or being too busy for God, I saw that we have a problem.” With the help of his friends from committees, church camp […]

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Posted on February 26, 2016
Filed under: Congregations, General, General Assembly, Youth
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Social Witness task force has first meeting

by William Bauzo, Jeff Goodier and Dean Phelps From February 5-7, 2016, 21 members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) met as the Social Witness Task Force in Indianapolis. This group was formed in response to GA-1524 which called for “the Office of General Minister and President, Disciples Home Missions, Division of Overseas Ministries, […]

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Posted on February 19, 2016
Filed under: General Assembly, Office of the General Minister and President
Letter from Sharon Watkins, Rick Spleth on Indiana’s LGBT legislation

Many of you have been watching as the Indiana legislature once again took up the questions raised by last spring’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. You may recall that Governor Mike Pence signed a law that within a week was “fixed” due to the negative reaction from people of faith, businesses, convention planners and the general citizenry of the state. The revision made clear that it could not be used for purposes of discrimination.

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