Disciples News Service

Category: General Assembly

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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General Assembly task forces working through the biennium

Most folks recognize that the staff of the general Church continues working beyond each general assembly, but there are also dozens of volunteers who are working behind the scenes. Moderators, board members and task force members are meeting now to bring proposals forward that will affect the life and work of the Church for years […]

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Administrative Committee meets, tests pilot

The  Mission First! pilot got under way with the meeting of the Administrative Committee (AC) in Indianapolis Oct. 23-25. Led by the new moderator team elected in Columbus – Moderator Tony Rodriguez (Florida), First Vice Moderator Tom Perring (Pacific Southwest), Second Vice Moderator Mary Lou Kegler (Greater Kansas City) and Moderator Elect Sue Morris (Nebraska) […]

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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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Disciples Women inspired by Woman-to-Woman trip

When the Woman-to-Woman Worldwide delegation of 2014 met with the Federation of Evangelical Women in Italy, (FDEI) they explained that they, too, are struggling with the number of women who die of all forms of violence and that the numbers in Italy are growing. In 2013, 179 women were killed in Italy due to violence. […]

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Posted on June 2, 2015
Filed under: General, General Assembly