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Ferguson: One year ago

 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 […]

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Posted on August 8, 2015
Filed under: General, Office of the General Minister and President
The Chalice
College of Regional Ministers offers letter to Church

Pastoral letter to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) from the College of Regional Ministers concerning excessive force against unarmed African American men   April 9, 2015 To our Sisters and Brothers in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. The College of Regional Ministers […]

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Posted on April 9, 2015
Filed under: Congregations, General, General Ministries, Regions
A Pastoral Letter and Call to Action:  Journey to Ferguson

Lent 2015 In the six months following the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, many of us have struggled to understand what we see on television, in newspapers, and through social media and the internet. Not reported or highlighted, is the involvement of churches and […]

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Posted on February 25, 2015
Filed under: General, General Ministries, Office of the General Minister and President
Boy, do I need Advent!

Boy, do I need Advent this year! I need a respite from the commercial “Christmas season” where the sacred and the secular collide and stay awkwardly entangled for weeks – where good will and generosity struggle with crass consumerism – where the birth of love into the world is reduced to “Jingle Bells”… My soul […]

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Posted on December 9, 2014
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Resources for congregations: Ferguson grand jury decision

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 […]

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Expectations: Ferguson decision

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 […]

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Posted on November 25, 2014
Filed under: General, Office of the General Minister and President
Thinking about Ferguson

Maya Angelou once said, “Prejudice is a burden which confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” As I pray, write and think about Ferguson, I, like many of you, am searching for words and thoughts that name our sin, and also serve to enter on the way toward wholeness in a […]

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Posted on October 14, 2014
Filed under: Uncategorized