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Kentucky congregation involved in building bridges

Racism rears its ugly head everywhere, but in along the Ohio river, two congregations and their pastors are doing their part to build some community understanding. When the Ashland (KY) NAACP chapter approached city leaders to work on the issue of racism in the town of about 21,000, New Hope Missionary Baptist’s Rev. Stanley McDonald […]

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Posted on November 1, 2016
Filed under: Congregations, Ecumenical, General, Regions
Open letter to the church in North America

An Open Letter from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Regional Leadership to the Church in the United States and Canada Download the letter Dear Sisters and Brothers, In this contentious campaign season, we write as leaders who have witnessed firsthand the prophecy of our Lord that “five in one household will be divided, three […]

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Posted on September 2, 2016
Filed under: Ecumenical, General, Regions
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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The weed of racism still grows

Last spring I walked across the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma with other Disciples – a racially mixed group crossing together.

A lot has changed since 1965.

Through the brave struggle of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others, the segregated lunch counters and drinking fountains and restrooms went away. Voting rights legislation was put into place.

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Posted on February 1, 2016
Filed under: General, Office of the General Minister and President, Sharon's Blog
Race the subject of Remind & Renew conference

The church and people of faith have a great responsibility for engaging the conversation about race in the United States, according to speakers at the 2016 Remind & Renew conference. (Audio available for all speakers on the webpage.)

“What would happen if we all got together?” asked the Rev. Dr. William Barber, II. “What if we put away this puny language about ‘left versus right’ and started talking about what’s just?”

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Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins
Poisonous threads of racism

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 […]

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Posted on May 1, 2015
Filed under: General, Sharon's Blog
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
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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