Disciples News Service

Christmount appoints search committee 

07/14/15

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...

Thoughts on Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

07/14/15

by the Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, general minister and president Two different discussions are stirred by the June 2015 Supreme Court decision on marriage equality. One relates to social, biblical and theological understandings of marriage. The other is about religious freedom and the separation of church and state. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)...

National Pastor responds to US presidential candidate

07/03/15

Communiqué of the Central Pastoral Office of Hispanic Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada The statements of the multimillionaire magnate and 2016 presidential candidate, Donald Trump, reported by the media and referring to the Mexican community, have been repudiated on account of their racist, irresponsible, misinformed, unjust...

Reconciliation Ministry offers reflection on church burnings

07/01/15

Disciples Continue a Witness of Hope - “…And the Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail . . .” July 1, 2015 Dear Disciples, Since the tragic murder of nine parishioners during a Wednesday night Bible study at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, several historically African American churches have been incinerated by...

Coastal Plains Disciples organize ecumenical response to Charleston shootings

06/30/15

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...

Disciples, Catholics continue dialogue

06/29/15

Press Release provided by Council on Christian Unity President Robert Welsh CATHOLICS AND DISCIPLES OF CHRIST COMMISSION FOR DIALOGUE Bethany, WV,  19-24 June 2015 The Third Session of the Fifth Phase of the Disciples of Christ-Roman Catholic International Commission for Dialogue took place in Bethany, West Virginia, from the 19th to 24th of June 2015....

A word about ministry following the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage

06/27/15

A Word about ministry following the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage Much has been and will continue to be said among faithful Disciples regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality on Friday, June 26.  For some, it is a cause for joy and relief.  Others consider it a blow to their understanding of biblical...

A prayer on June 27, 2015

06/27/15

from Sharon Watkins At the end of a day of travel, so much to pray over today: - Rejoicing in Christian love with Disciples couples and families whose lives are more secure today after the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality under the law - And praying over the deep distress of Disciples who disagree. -...

NC, SC regions call to prayer re: Charleston shootings

06/19/15

JOINT PASTORAL LETTER June 19, 2015 Dear Church: As you are aware, late Wednesday evening a young man shot and killed nine members of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.  Among those killed was the congregation’s senior pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.  Others killed were congregation pastor, the Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, a relative of...

National Convocation leader reflects on Charleston shootings

06/19/15

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...