Sharon's Blog

Reflections from the General Minister and President, Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins.

New Year’s greetings from Sharon Watkins
Posted: January 4, 2017

January 2017 Dearest Friends in Christ – “Hope is a star that shines in the night, leading us on till the morning is bright.” [1] From the Advent promise of Emmanuel: God with us; to the Epiphany revelation: God-with-us-now, we hope. And yet, I confess, as 2017 begins, my heart is bruised by the pain […]

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Statement of condolence for Istanbul, Cairo

Dec. 12, 2016   Download PDF It was with horror and sadness that we witnessed bomb attacks in Cairo and Istanbul this weekend.  We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the families of those killed, and we fervently pray for the health and healing of the injured.  We offer our support and solidarity for […]

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A call for Disciples in this time of violence

July 8, 2016 Dear Church, The nation is reeling from the shock of the violent loss of lives over the last three days, which has resulted in confusion and a sense of hopelessness. Our grief for the families of the victims, for many of us, is unbearable. “Thus says the Lord, ‘A voice is heard […]

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Love Wins

Our hearts are broken once again – this time by the hateful violence at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando: to those who lost loved ones –may you be surrounded with love in your grief and loss; to the injured and your families, may you know healing and hope; to the brave first responders and caregivers – […]

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Posted on June 13, 2016
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Guest blog: Acompañamiento

The Wee Waltz – a metaphor for mission Elena Huegel serves with the Pentecostal Church of Chile (IPC). She serves as an environmental and Christian education specialist. Her appointment is made possible by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund. The Spanish word acompañamiento and the core value mutuality made me think of Carolina Fernández, my […]

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Posted on April 17, 2016
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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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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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