Disciples News Service

Archive: May 2011

Ian McCrae, leader who served the Church for decades, dies in Missouri

The Rev. Ian J. McCrae – church leader, social activist and committed family man – died in Belton, Missouri on May 12.  He was 87 years old. A native of Toronto, Canada, McCrae dedicated his life to promoting economic and social justice, primarily through 28 years of service with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  […]

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Posted on May 18, 2011
Filed under: Obituaries
Disciples congregation votes to change its policy on marriage

After more than 18 months of prayer and conversation, Douglass Boulevard Christian Church in Louisville, Ky. has voted to end the practice of signing marriage licenses because the licenses give legal benefits to heterosexual couples that aren’t available to homosexual couples. In 2008, the church voted to become an Open and Affirming Congregation, which means […]

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Disciples Center staff settles in at temporary offices

(Indianapolis, Ind. – DNS – May 18, 2011) – Temporary office space for Disciples Center employees is working out well, as permanent offices two blocks away continue to be repaired following smoke damage at the building on April 5. Employees were relocated from the 130 E. Washington Street location to nearby offices.  All offices in […]

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Pentecost Offering supports expanding New Church movement

Yolanda Marquez-Lucar is a busy woman these days. Having attended one of the first Disciples New Church Ministry classes more than 20 years ago, Marquez-Lucar has since planted seven Disciples Churches. "Yolanda is an answer to our prayers," said Northern California-Nevada Regional Minister Ben Bohren. Now, Marquez-Lucar is at it again. She returned to training […]

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Posted on May 5, 2011
Filed under: General Ministries
Killer tornadoes rip through the south; Week of Compassion responds

Week of Compassion (WoC) is responding to the nation’s deadliest tornado disaster in 86 years, and its second worst in American history. The storms struck the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Louisiana, and Kentucky killing nearly 350 people. WoC, the relief, refugee and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of […]

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General Assembly Planning Guide is now available in print; GA Preparation Sundays are in May

The 2011 General Assembly, July 9-13 in Nashville, Tenn., is about equipping congregations for mission. A new 70-page 2011 General Assembly Planning Guide, arriving in congregations now, advises Disciples about the wide-range of learning opportunities, worship, mission options and celebrations at this year’s Assembly. Copies also have been mailed to those who have attended previous […]

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Transylvania University inaugurates R. Owen Williams as president

Inaugurated last week as Transylvania University’s 25th president, R. Owen Williams spoke of his resolve to lead an institution that would continue its work to become one of America’s very best liberal arts colleges. Williams was inaugurated April 29 on Transylvania’s campus. He assumed the presidency of the university on Aug. 1, 2010, after a […]

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North American Pacific/Asian Disciples seeks executive pastor

The search and call process continues for an executive pastor of the North American Pacific/Asian Disciples Ministries (NAPAD). Among the duties and responsibilities of the position are consulting and advocating for ministries with Asian and Pacific Islanders in North America and for multi-cultural/racial ministries, establishing new churches along with revitalizing and transforming existing congregations, and […]

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