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Celebrating history: National Convocation

by Timothy James and Communication Ministries staff The National Convocation (NC) is a ministry of Disciples’ African-American constituency that has evolved in the Disciples by way of struggle and determination. Leaders of the NC often say, “We go way back.”  Their Disciple spiritual ancestors were part of the early congregations on the frontier, at Cane […]

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Posted on December 20, 2016
Filed under: General, Office of the General Minister and President
A statement of gratitude to Native Americans and First Peoples

from the Justice Table In Utah, a coalition of five tribes have a proposal on the table to assist the Department of the Interior with the management of Bears Ears Wildlife Refuge, a proposed project awaiting federal approval. And in the far north, the Gwich’in people are advocating for protection of the Arctic National Wildlife […]

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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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A letter to the Church re: violence

from members* of the College of Regional Ministers and the Cabinet of General Ministries June 2016 In times of trouble, people of faith call upon God in prayer (Psalm 61:1-2) In these days, we pray for the families and friends of the 49 women and men killed and 53 wounded  – mostly LGBTQ Latinos and […]

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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
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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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