Sharon's Blog

Reflections from the General Minister and President, Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins.

Speaking on behalf the children
Posted: June 21, 2017

Comments from the Circle of Protection press conference at the National Press Club, June 21, 2017 I am Sharon Watkins, Chair of the Board of the National Council of Churches. We, of the NCC, are 38 member churches who follow Jesus. We have been consistent in proclaiming that Jesus would not have liked this budget. […]

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Holy Week 2017: Joint statement on the Middle East

April 10, 2017                                                                                  Download PDF “As Jesus was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen….  As he came near and saw the city [of Jerusalem], he wept […]

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Climate protection rollbacks threaten God’s creation and the most vulnerable

On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review and possibly repeal the Clean Power Plan and carbon pollution standards for new power plants. The executive order takes aim at several important climate change protections intended to safeguard God’s creation and public health. Rev. Dr. […]

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Posted on April 6, 2017
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Thoughts regarding our call to welcome

In a January 27 statement published by Church World Service in response to President Donald Trump’s Executive Order regarding refugees, I offered these thoughts…… “Disciples communities around the nation are eager to help and to welcome refugees. As the first faith movement founded on the American frontier, our members remember deeply the characteristics of independence, […]

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Posted on January 27, 2017
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Statement of condolence for Istanbul, Cairo

Dec. 12, 2016   Download PDF It was with horror and sadness that we witnessed bomb attacks in Cairo and Istanbul this weekend.  We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the families of those killed, and we fervently pray for the health and healing of the injured.  We offer our support and solidarity for […]

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A call for Disciples in this time of violence

July 8, 2016 Dear Church, The nation is reeling from the shock of the violent loss of lives over the last three days, which has resulted in confusion and a sense of hopelessness. Our grief for the families of the victims, for many of us, is unbearable. “Thus says the Lord, ‘A voice is heard […]

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Love Wins

Our hearts are broken once again – this time by the hateful violence at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando: to those who lost loved ones –may you be surrounded with love in your grief and loss; to the injured and your families, may you know healing and hope; to the brave first responders and caregivers – […]

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Posted on June 13, 2016
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