Disciples News Service

Alabama minister launches candidacy for U.S. Congress

For Rev. Tabitha Isner, a congressional campaign is a logical next step in her ministry. “So much of a representative’s job is really about pastoral care – actively listening to constituents and validating the underlying anxieties and fears that motivate them. At a time when so many in society are feeling unheard, we need representatives […]

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Posted on November 13, 2017
Filed under: People
Active shooter information for congregations

From: Disciples Church Extension Fund Re: Active Shooter Preparedness Following the tragic loss of life at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, we are all reminded once again that even churches might be confronted with an active shooter situation. While we can never know when such senseless acts of violence might […]

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Posted on November 10, 2017
Filed under: Congregations, General Ministries, Resources
Indianapolis welcomes seminarians for biennial conference

More than 30 Disciples students from 16 different seminaries converged on Indianapolis at the invitation of Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM) in October. “I attended the Seminarians Conference in Indianapolis with trepidation, praying that God would show me whether the Disciples truly are ‘my people,’ and whether I am called to this tradition or […]

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Posted on November 7, 2017
Filed under: General Ministries, Higher Education, Young Adult
A word about Sutherland Springs, TX, shootings

From General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens 28 I go about in sunless gloom;     I stand up in the assembly and cry for help. 31 My lyre is turned to mourning,     and my pipe to the voice of those who weep. Job 30:28, 31(NRSV) How long will we allow high capacity guns to slaughter human beings? […]

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Disaster recovery volunteers needed

Disciples Volunteering and Week of Compassion are supporting recovery efforts in four states affected by recent floods and hurricanes. Mission opportunities are available to support disaster recovery in Missouri, West Virginia, Florida, and Texas. It’s not too late to make a difference this year and help a family return to their home before winter. Or, […]

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Posted on November 2, 2017
Filed under: Ecumenical, General Ministries, Regions
Several Disciples pastors sign on to amicus brief

An interfaith coalition led by the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Religious Institute has submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Several Disciples pastors have signed on to the brief re: LGBTQ rights. General Minister and President Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens said, “As a faith […]

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Posted on October 31, 2017
Filed under: Ecumenical, General
Council on Christian Unity introduces new ecumenical, interfaith journal

In an expansion of the content of the journals the Council on Christian Unity (CCU) has produced for more than half a century, a new journal called Sunesis debuted in October. With the name based on the Greek word translated “insight” (Eph. 3:4), this journal goes beyond the ecumenical to also address interfaith issues. The […]

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Posted on October 30, 2017
Filed under: Ecumenical, General Ministries, Resources
Disciples Mission Fund connects you to vital work

You are there when Northwest Regional Minister Rev. Sandy Messick visits First Christian Church in Anchorage, Alaska. She walks with them on your behalf, even though they are more than 2,000 miles from the nearest Disciples congregation in Bellingham, Washington. You are there when young adults like Sara Paige find their passion for service through […]

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Filed under: General Ministries, Regions
Living the faith

The Poor People’s Campaign led by Rev. Dr. William Barber, III (far right in the image above) is gaining traction. With articles in both The Christian Century and The Guardian, as well as other outlets, the call for moral revival is highlighting the reality of many living on the margins. The campaign calls for healing of […]

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Posted on October 25, 2017
Filed under: Ecumenical, General Assembly, People
West Virginia church forms partnership on mental health

Most churches designate outreach funds to local organizations, or denominational ministries, but those relationships don’t always go beyond the transfer of funds. First Christian Church in Wheeling, WV, wanted to expand those offerings into true partnerships. One of the organizations they’d long been supporting with their outreach donations was the Wheeling chapter of the National […]

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Posted on October 24, 2017
Filed under: Congregations