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Resources for congregations: Ferguson grand jury decision

11/26/14

Emotions are raw in the wake of the Ferguson grand jury decision involving the death of Michael Brown. People feel unheard, threatened and confused. As we seek to be a movement for wholeness in a broken and fragmented world, our call is to open our churches as places of dialogue and action. Our challenge is...

Expectations: Ferguson decision

11/25/14

What did you expect? by the Rev. Dr. Timothy James, administrative secretary of the National Convocation The grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed the unarmed Black teenager, Michael Brown on August 9, 2014. This decision brought to mind the death of Trayvon Martin afresh. As an African American...

Woman to Woman Worldwide 2014

11/25/14

Woman-to-Woman Worldwide is an effort by Disciple Women to experience solidarity with one another, to affirm the unity of the church in Jesus Christ, and to join the common struggle for justice and peace in the world today by educating and advocating for those needs. Journeys occur annually. Recent destinations include China, Mexico, and, most...

‘Mission is sacred, strategy is not’ guides historical society board meeting

11/19/14

The Disciples of Christ Historical Society Board of Directors gathered in Nashville, TN, Oct. 27-29, 2014. The board established the context for their worshipful work with Rev. Arnold Nelson, Board Chair, quoting George Bullard, “Your mission is sacred, your strategy is not.” Sara Harwell, archivist and librarian, gave leadership to the meeting when she reported on...

Disciple Women meet as executive committee

11/11/14

  The new team includes: Marilyn Williams (President), Waleska Acevedo (Vice President), Pernella Shortie, Shandra Yost, Soo Yun, Denise Turner, Lori Tapia, Wende Bristow Barrett, Martine Saint-Vil, and Cheryl Cloar (Absent due to prior commitment), Sheila Spencer (DHM representative), Chesla Nickelson (Staff), Pat Donahoo(Staff). By Rev. Dr. Patricia Donahoo, executive director The 2018 Executive Committee...

Central Christian Church honors twelve faithful servants

11/11/14

by Deborah Moseley, Central Christian Church Central Christian Church, Indianapolis celebrated a significant milestone in the life of its congregation and in the lives of twelve of its faithful servants with a service of recognition and the presentation of Honored Ministers Pins on October 19, 2014. As ministries are not formed in isolation but in...

Online community offers Advent app

11/05/14

By Rev. Melissa Fain, Fig Tree Christian Church Most congregations have some kind of online presence. It might be a website, a Facebook page, or a Twitter handle. Some might post their sermons on YouTube, while others might have a minister who blogs. For Fig Tree Christian, it’s all online. Everything is made for an...

Administrative Committee meets in Nashville

10/29/14

The Administrative Committee (AC) of the General Board met in Nashville, TN, October 24 and 25, under the leadership of Moderator Glen Miles. Highlights of the meeting included: the “Mission First” proposal designed to help Disciples develop a shared focus on mission; the Resolutions Task Force report on a recommendation for how Disciples reflect, discuss...

Former regional minister in Northeast dies

10/29/14

Rev. Wesley R. Bourdette April 18, 1935 – October 26, 2014 The Rev. Wesley R. Bourdette was born April 18, 1935 in Athens, PA. He was graduated from Phillips University in Enid, OK. He completed his masters studies at Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, NY in 1961 and was ordained in the Sayre Christian...

Church teams with local veteran group to assist homeless families

10/28/14

By Rev. Paul Seal, Norvil Lantz and Don Kerr When members of the men’s fellowship of Highland Christian Church, Bella Vista, AR, heard American Legion Post Commander Barbara Aguirre speak about the post’s Operation Reboot program, they looked into the project. They were impressed enough to ask the congregation to join in a cooperative effort...

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