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Category: Overseas Ministries

Reflection on a Middle East Pilgrimage, Part 4

And how are the children? “How are the children… all of the children?” This refrain from a sermon preached by the Rev. Traci Blackmon, the United Church of Christ’s acting executive minister for Justice and Witness Ministries at the Near East School of Theology’s chapel service in Beirut, Lebanon, echoed throughout a recent Global Ministries […]

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Partnerships being experienced through Mission Conversations

By Bobby Hawley, Vice President, Christian Church Foundation The gifts and graces from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in all its expressions are making a difference in our world. This message came to the foreground in March when two different Global Mission partners talked about the important work being done – thanks to Disciples […]

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Reflection on a Middle East pilgrimage, Part 3

Maundy Thursday They brought us coffee. The thick Turkish kind that gets stuck in your teeth. One of the young men of the community brought it to where we were standing, talking. We could see him coming with it – a small kettle and cup. One tiny espresso cup. Our interpreter said quietly, “Drink, and […]

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Reflection on a Middle East Pilgrimage, Part 2

Egypt. One of the stepping off points for the Arab Spring – and for the disappointment that followed. Land of pharaohs and pyramids, of desert and of fertile Nile basin. Home to the most Christians of any Middle Eastern country. Ten percent of Egyptians are Christian. That Jesus spent time in Egypt matters: “Out of […]

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Reflection on a Middle East Pilgrimage, Part 1

In March 2016, Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ led a delegation of church leaders to the Middle East to meet ministry partners there. Disciples Mission Fund and Week of Compassion support these partners and many others in the land where Jesus and the apostles first […]

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Week of Compassion receives gifts from the Congo

A report from Reverend Bernard Ilumbe NDJONGO PSP Mbandaka (approximate translation) A special worship organized in Mbandaka to close the Week of Compassion on Friday, February 26, 2016 was held at the Temple of Mbandaka III. This four-hour worship was attended by 161 people (pastors, men, women and youth). Reverend IKETE, head of the department […]

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Posted on February 26, 2016
Filed under: General, Overseas Ministries, Regions
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Texas church experiences great joy from nesting church

Hurst experiences renewal through reconciliation ministry by Barbara DuPuy, Hurst Christian Church In December 2013, Pastor Mechak Rwumbuguza and Mr. Love Safari first met with the church board at Hurst to share Pastor Mechak’s calling to start a church in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Pastor Mechak shared his vision of how they are a harvest […]

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Posted on February 15, 2016
Filed under: Congregations, General, Overseas Ministries, Regions
Migrant advocates deliver letter to U.S. president

As leaders in the faith community, we the undersigned, write to express our opposition to the current immoral and unjust ICE raids, as ordered by your administration and carried out by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldaña.

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Disciple, United Church of Christ leaders speak up for Muslim sisters, brothers

A joint statement of the leadership of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ December 9, 2015 As people of faith, we are called to “love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength.” Jesus charges us […]

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