Sharon's Blog

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

Letters in support of farm workers
Posted: April 27, 2016

The following two letters were sent to tobacco firms in support of farm worker protections. April 27, 2016 Susan Cameron, President and CEO Reynolds American Inc. 401 North Main St. Winston-Salem, NC 27102 Dear Ms. Cameron, I am writing as General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States […]

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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
Filed under: Ecumenical, General, Overseas Ministries, People, Sharon's Blog
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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desert encampment
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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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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The weed of racism still grows

Last spring I walked across the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma with other Disciples – a racially mixed group crossing together.

A lot has changed since 1965.

Through the brave struggle of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others, the segregated lunch counters and drinking fountains and restrooms went away. Voting rights legislation was put into place.

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Posted on February 1, 2016
Filed under: General, Office of the General Minister and President, Sharon's Blog
'Give me your tired, your poor…'

It hits hard that one of the first Syrian families turned away in the new wave of fear following the Paris attacks was a family coming to Indiana. They were part of the long-standing processes shepherded by Church World Service (CWS) in partnership with federal government screenings. Many Christian denominations, including my own, have partnered […]

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