Disciples News Service

Archive: February 2016

Letter from Sharon Watkins, Rick Spleth on Indiana’s LGBT legislation

Many of you have been watching as the Indiana legislature once again took up the questions raised by last spring’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. You may recall that Governor Mike Pence signed a law that within a week was “fixed” due to the negative reaction from people of faith, businesses, convention planners and the general citizenry of the state. The revision made clear that it could not be used for purposes of discrimination.

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West Des Moines church hosts two caucuses

All eyes were on Iowa Monday night as the U.S. presidential race got into full swing and at least one Disciple congregation was in the spotlight. Senior Pastor Randy Ehrhardt says “The Iowa Republican Party contacted us about the possibility of using space on our campus since we have a fellowship hall, sanctuary and gym.Wanting […]

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Filed under: Congregations, General
General Assembly task forces working through the biennium

Most folks recognize that the staff of the general Church continues working beyond each general assembly, but there are also dozens of volunteers who are working behind the scenes. Moderators, board members and task force members are meeting now to bring proposals forward that will affect the life and work of the Church for years […]

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Great River Region receiving names

Position Announcement:  Executive Regional Minister The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of the Great River Region (Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi) is seeking to call an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to the position of Executive Regional Minister. A Regional Profile and Position Description are posted on the following website www.grrdisciples.org/regional-minister-transition . All […]

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Posted on February 1, 2016
Filed under: General, Regions
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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