Disciples News Service

Tulsa kindergarten gardeners learn lessons at urban garden

05/05/15

Kindergarten classes from Lewis and Clark Elementary School, StoneSoup, and Phillips Theological Seminary students and staff met up May 6 for a tour of Seeds of Hope, a community garden adjacent to the seminary. (Photos are from a classroom visit previewing the field trip.) The Seeds of Hope community garden was planted in order to...

Poisonous threads of racism

05/01/15

This blog entry originally appeared in TIME Ideas. Recently I posted a prayer. It was in response to the events in Baltimore: a young black man is mortally injured while in police custody. Citizens take to the streets. On the day of the funeral, the protests turn violent. My prayer was for all: those who...

Disciples lead, witness at Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2015

05/01/15

By April Johnson, minister of reconciliation “The United States is a mere five percent of the world population yet it hosts 25 percent of the world’s prison population.” On more than one occasion this statistic was invoked to frame the content of the captivating plenary sessions, workshops and fellowship opportunities at this year’s annual Ecumenical...

RFRA follow-up letter sent to Indiana governor

04/24/15

April 24, 2015 The Honorable Michael R. Pence Governor of the State of Indiana 200 W. Washington Street, Room 206 Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 Governor Pence: We have seen the huge new banner in the Indianapolis airport proclaiming “Indy Welcomes All.” We read in the Indianapolis Star that you declared on April 14, “I think the...

Pension Fund seeks senior vice-president/president-elect

04/21/15

The Board of Directors of the Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Inc. is seeking candidates and candidate recommendations for the position of Senior Vice-President/President Elect.  This position has been created to serve a transitional role in conjunction with the retirement of the current president, following which the President Elect will become...

Church leaders speak up about Iran

04/13/15

This advertisement was submitted to various media outlets by Sojourners on April 13, 2015.

Message from Sharon re: 2017 Assembly

04/13/15

April 13, 2015 Dear Disciples, The General Board has determined that the 2017 General Assembly should take place in Indianapolis “as a continued witness for wholeness”. Two weeks ago, the board authorized a move away from Indianapolis due to a new Indiana law called The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SEA101 or RFRA). This law raised...

General Board chooses city for 2017 General Assembly

04/13/15

Media contact: Cherilyn Williams  |  cwilliams@nulldisciples.org April 13, 2015 The General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), meeting in Kansas City, MO, on April 13, has selected Indianapolis for the 2017 General Assembly. The board had determined on March 31 to seek a new venue after the March 25 signing of the Religious...

Ministries rally around Mississippi church

04/13/15

Real Faith Christian Church in Clarksdale, MS, had fallen victim to a string of disasters during a building project. Several Disciple ministries banded together to help get Real Faith into a fully renovated building for Easter Sunday. Partnerships included many, many individuals and groups from across the life of Disciples marshaled by Disciples Volunteering, staff...

Guest column: Housing costs issue for seniors

04/10/15

With the US population of older adults on track to double by 2025 and the growing number of elderly poor, the current housing crisis has hit seniors hard.  According to the Census Bureau, nationally, almost half of all seniors have incomes below 200 percent of the poverty threshold under the supplemental measure. Furthermore, the National...