Disciples News Service

Category: People

Race the subject of Remind & Renew conference

The church and people of faith have a great responsibility for engaging the conversation about race in the United States, according to speakers at the 2016 Remind & Renew conference. (Audio available for all speakers on the webpage.)

“What would happen if we all got together?” asked the Rev. Dr. William Barber, II. “What if we put away this puny language about ‘left versus right’ and started talking about what’s just?”

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Hal Watkins passes away

Harold R. Watkins, president emeritus of Board of Church Extension (now known as Disciples Church Extension Fund) died on Dec. 2, 2015. A graduate of Bethany College, Bethany, WV and College of the Bible (now Lexington Theological Seminary), Lexington, KY, Hal began his career serving as organizing pastor of Park Avenue Christian Church, Tucson, AZ, […]

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Posted on December 4, 2015
Filed under: General Ministries, Obituaries, People
Hamlett to step down, Adams named senior VP

(Indianapolis, IN) James P. Hamlett, 8th President of the Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) announced that he will retire effective August 31, 2016. Hamlett has served as President since January 1, 2004. He will be succeeded as president by the Reverend Dr. Todd A. Adams, who was called to be Senior […]

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Former Arizona regional minister dies

Rev. Dr. Gail F. Davis (Oct. 16, 1932 – Oct. 22, 2015) passed away at his home in Spokane, WA. Born in Mission, SD and raised in Spokane, WA, he attended Northwest Christian College. He married his high school sweetheart Eva in 1953. She survives. After he graduated in 1957, he was ordained in the […]

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Posted on October 26, 2015
Filed under: Obituaries, People, Regions
pastors and women in river
New church start honors history with baptism locale

Oklahoma City News story  |  Celebration of Formation story Refuge Fellowship Church, a congregation in formation in Oklahoma City, has a frontier-style model of being. The congregation is specific in its ministry of, by and for homeless individuals and the newly housed, meets on Monday night wherever it can find a place and celebrated baptisms […]

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Posted on October 20, 2015
Filed under: Congregations, General, People, Regions
Moral Monday Movement leader receives Roosevelt ‘Four Freedoms’ award

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the Roosevelt Foundation presented awards to five laureates including the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, pastor of Green Leaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, NC and leader of the Moral Monday Movement. Other honorees included Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with the Freedom Medal. The foundation annually honors those who […]

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Posted on September 29, 2015
Filed under: Ecumenical, General, People
Christmount appoints search committee 

Christmount’s Executive Director, Michael Murphy, announced his retirement at the April 2015, meeting of the Christmount Council and Administrative Board. Murphy intends to retire in early July 2016, after more than 18 years as Christmount’s Director. Shortly after the meeting, Administrative Board and Council Chair, Sarah Draper of Birmingham, AL, appointed a search committee to […]

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Posted on July 14, 2015
Filed under: General, People
Coastal Plains Disciples organize ecumenical response to Charleston shootings

It started with a phone call. Rev. Herschel Moore, retired associate minister of Bethany Christian Church in Houston called Rev. Marilyn Fiddmont and her husband, Norman, on June 18, heartbroken over the news of the shootings at Emanuel AME church in Charleston, SC.  Moore wanted to reach out share in our pain, anger or whatever we […]

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Posted on June 30, 2015
Filed under: Congregations, Ecumenical, General, People, Regions
National Convocation leader reflects on Charleston shootings

From the desk of Rev. Dr. Timothy James, administrative secretary of the National Convocation – Once AGAIN the African American community is grief stricken with the report of a mass shooting.  the latest event, the Charleston Massacre, took place in a Wednesday night bible Study at the “mother Emmanuel” AME Church. Nine African Americans were […]

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Posted on June 19, 2015
Filed under: General, People