Disciples News Service

Category: 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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Ferguson: One year ago

 One year ago by Rev. Dr. Timothy James, administrative secretary of the National Convocation One year ago Ferguson, Missouri was a little obscure suburban city outside of St. Louis.  It was suddenly snatched out of seclusion to national prominence when Michael Brown, an 18 year old unarmed African American male was shot and killed by Darren […]

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Posted on August 8, 2015
Filed under: General, Office of the General Minister and President
Thoughts on Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

by the Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, general minister and president Two different discussions are stirred by the June 2015 Supreme Court decision on marriage equality. One relates to social, biblical and theological understandings of marriage. The other is about religious freedom and the separation of church and state. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) […]

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Posted on July 14, 2015
Filed under: General, Office of the General Minister and President, Sharon's Blog
National Pastor responds to US presidential candidate

Communiqué of the Central Pastoral Office of Hispanic Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada The statements of the multimillionaire magnate and 2016 presidential candidate, Donald Trump, reported by the media and referring to the Mexican community, have been repudiated on account of their racist, irresponsible, misinformed, unjust […]

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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
A word about ministry following the Supreme Court's decision on marriage

A Word about ministry following the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage Much has been and will continue to be said among faithful Disciples regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality on Friday, June 26.  For some, it is a cause for joy and relief.  Others consider it a blow to their understanding of biblical […]

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Posted on June 27, 2015
Filed under: Congregations, General, Office of the General Minister and President
Disciples leaders send condolences to South Carolina church

June 18, 2015 Bishop Richard Franklin Norris The Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church 110 Pisgah Church Road Columbia, SC 29203 “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.” – Matthew 2:18 As we woke […]

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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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