Disciples News Service

Religious leaders issue statement re: American Muslims

09/01/15

Keeping Our Communities Open to American Muslims A Statement of Principles from Faith Leaders of Shoulder to Shoulder As leaders of a number of religious groups in this country, we are deeply disturbed by recent reports that a growing number of businesses across America have declared themselves to be “Muslim-free zones,” the latest of which...

End Racism Sunday Sept. 6: a letter from Disciple leaders

08/29/15

August 28, 2015 Dear Colleagues in Ministry, Few of us will ever forget the horror of the murder of nine church members in Bible study - in church. Nine African American faithful, including pastors and laypersons, had welcomed the white stranger into their midst at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. But he was intent...

Christian leaders speak on Iran agreement

08/25/15

Letter from the General Minister and President to President Obama on behalf of the General Assembly in response to GA-1540 Support for Agreement with Iran ________ Christian leaders from National Council of Churches distribute letter to Congress Date: August 25, 2015 Contact: Kate Gould, Friends Committee on National Legislation: Kate@nullfcnl.org Steven D. Martin, National Council...

Sacred Hoop seeks to minister to Native Americans

08/17/15

Oklahoma is a natural place for the seeds of a Disciples Native American movement to sprout. Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa has intentionally recruited self-identified Native American ministers and offered classes touching on Native American spirituality for a number of years.* One graduate is Rev. Bill Running Wolf Davis. It was during his time at...

Ferguson: One year ago

08/08/15

 One year ago by Rev. Dr. Timothy James, administrative secretary of the National Convocation One year ago Ferguson, Missouri was a little obscure suburban city outside of St. Louis.  It was suddenly snatched out of seclusion to national prominence when Michael Brown, an 18 year old unarmed African American male was shot and killed by Darren...

Statement in response to ruling by Judge Dolly Gee regarding family detention

07/27/15

  July 27, 2015 Throughout the Bible, there are stories of families, like those of Moses and Jesus, forced to escape dangers, flee violent threats, cross borders and leave communities and loved ones in order to stay alive. This has been the experience of thousands who have come to our nation fleeing fears in their...

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...