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Archive: August 2011

For Meditation and Worship on 9/11

I was looking around on the web to start my thinking for a blog post relative to 9/11. Haven’t written the post yet, but here are a few resources at the National Council of Churches web site that moved me: two musical/video prayers and a liturgy. As Disciples seek to live into our identity as a movement for wholeness and our mission to be and to share the good news of Jesus Christ, may these be helpful in our meditation.

A liturgy created by Eileen Lindner:


“Hear My Prayer”  by Maranatha Singer:


“Song of Peace” performed by Zhender:


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Posted on August 16, 2011
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Foundation President issues statement on current financial markets

Recent market turmoil, including the once-unthinkable downgrade on the US sovereign credit rating by Standard & Poor’s, is likely to raise questions among ministries dependent on endowment income as well as donors dependent on life-income gifts through the Christian Church Foundation. President Gary W. Kidwell says market volatility will likely continue, but the Foundation’s investment […]

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Carpenter Foundation awards grant to Brite Divinity School

The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation has awarded Brite Divinity School a grant of $250,000 to fund a five year Carpenter Gender, Sexuality, and Justice Initiative to begin this 2011-2012 academic year. The Carpenter Initiative will not only help cover the salary costs of the faculty member who directs the program, but will […]

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Policies and Criteria for the Ordering of Ministry updates take effect

On August 1, 2011, the amended "Theological Foundations and Policies and Criteria for the Ordering of Ministry" officially took effect. This document was approved by the 2009 Indianapolis General Assembly with a two year implementation process. The General Commission on Ministry has been gathering and organizing resources for the past two years. Resources are available […]

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Disciples chaplain assumes command of Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center

Army chaplain Col. David Smartt, commandant, United States Army Chaplain Center and School handed over the position as Director of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center (AFCC) to Navy chaplain Capt. W. Kyle Fauntleroy, commanding officer of the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center during a passing of the stole ceremony Aug 2. The passing of the […]

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Central Woodward Christian Church to host second annual Perry Gresham Bible Lectures

Central Woodward Christian Church in Troy, Mich., will host its second annual Perry Gresham Bible Lectures on September 16 and 17, 2011.  The lectures are named after the former president of Bethany College and second senior minister of Central Woodward Christian Church (1947-1953), then in Detroit.  This year Dr. Bruce Epperly, the author of more […]

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Posted on August 9, 2011
Filed under: Congregations, Resources
Faithful Conversations: A New Model to Address Divisive Issues

The Council on Christian Unity, in partnership with Disciples Peace Fellowship, engaged Disciples in vigorous, robust discussion on the challenges of putting faith into practice while addressing issues of unity, war and peacemaking with a new discussion model called “Faithful Conversations.” The process was introduced at the first business session on Sunday, July 10 by […]

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