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 […]
Reflections from the General Minister and President, Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins.
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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 […]Read more
“I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.”- Psalm 118:17 Beloved in Christ, Once again we grieve – for lives tragically cut short in Paris and Beirut – and for our own sense of security which is lost to us for awhile. We pray for the victims and […]Read more
by Rev. Dr. Robert Welsh, president, Council on Christian Unity Note: Robert Welsh, president of the Council on Christian Unity, represented the Disciples of Christ at the 14th General Synod of Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church in Rome on October 4-24, 2015. He was one of only 14 ecumenical representatives (identified as “fraternal delegates”) […]Read more
We are Disciples of Christ – in Canada and the United States. Elections in Canada this week indicate that change is in the air. An unusually large turn-out at the polls ends one party’s decade of dominance and begins a new era with a new set of priorities. Early indications are that those priorities will […]Read more
a meditation offered at the interfaith service on Care for Creation Thursday, Sept. 24, at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. My name is Sharon Watkins. I serve as General Minister and President of a historic Protestant denomination called the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ.) I look out over the Congo River. Underneath its languid […]Read more