Disciples News Service

Category: Ecumenical

Illinois/Wisconsin region uses Healthy Congregations model to encourage conversation

Nearly 20 years ago, Rev. Scott Woolridge, associate regional minister for transformation in the Illinois/Wisconsin region, took his first workshop to help Disciples wanting to change how their congregations made decisions and handled conflicts. Following the model developed by Healthy Congregations (an interfaith organization based at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio), Woolridge, and the […]

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Posted on December 4, 2019
Filed under: Congregations, Ecumenical, Regions, Resources
Disciples Seminary Foundation announces search for interim president

Announcement of Search Process for DSF Interim President and Job Description The Disciples Seminary Foundation Board of Trustees has begun the search process for the position of Interim President. The President is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Liaison Officer of the Corporation, and serves to provide organizational, operational and educational oversight for Disciples Seminary Foundation’s […]

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Posted on November 5, 2019
Filed under: Ecumenical, General Church Positions, Higher Education
Pictured accepting the award are Pastor Rebecca Littlejohn, Chair of the Elders Michael Kinnamon, and Outreach Chair Julie Germain
Pacific Southwest congregation honored for homeless ministry work

Submitted by Rev. Rebecca Littlejohn Since 2002, Vista La Mesa Christian Church, in east San Diego County, CA, has opened their doors to neighbors struggling with homelessness for two weeks or more each year, through the Interfaith Shelter Network in their community. Through this program, guests are provided with semi-private rooms overnight, three meals a […]

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Posted on October 25, 2019
Filed under: Congregations, Ecumenical
Disciples participate in commemoration of 400th anniversary

The National Council of Churches‘ Christian Unity Gathering spent Oct. 15 in Hampton, VA, observing a day of remembrance and lament. This year marks the 400th anniversary of African captives arriving for the purpose of enslavement. In addition to a retelling of the story of enslavement and the resulting racism in the United States, flowers […]

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Oregon congregation works to build affordable housing on church property

Five years ago, members of neighboring congregations in Portland, OR – St. Johns Community Church (Disciples of Christ) and University Park United Methodist Church – began looking for ways to better serve people in their community without affordable housing. They knew many people had been displaced from the neighborhood as rent prices skyrocketed. They knew […]

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Posted on October 2, 2019
Filed under: Congregations, Ecumenical, Resources
Ecumenical group reacts to steep reduction in immigration limits

Note: The 2019 General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) addressed this issue in the form of an emergency resolution, GA 1935-Concerning Steep Reductions in Overall Refugee Resettlement Arrivals in the United States.  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 26, 2019 Contact: Lynn Tramonte | media@interfaithimmigration.org | 202-255-0551 Faith Communities Decry Death Blow to U.S. […]

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Disciples and The United Church of Canada celebrate full communion

On Oct. 6, 2019, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The United Church of Canada and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will celebrate our God-given unity. The Full Communion agreement, passed by the governing bodies of the denominations in 2018 and 2019, will be enacted at a service of worship to be held at 10:30 am at […]

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Drawing by student, answering "Why will I be in the Church in 10 years?" with "Because I was raised in this faith and it has helped me. It is something that I love."
Light a Candle with Children prayer vigil begins Sept. 23

Ministries Across Generations (previously Family & Children’s Ministries, housed in Disciples Home Missions) calls Disciples families and congregations to participate in the eighth “Light a Candle with Children” prayer vigil this fall, beginning Monday, Sept. 23. This time of reflection and conversation takes place over the 40 days preceding Children’s Sabbath, which falls on Oct. […]

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General Minister and President reflects on General Assembly

August 2019 Dear Church – My heart is still singing from the holy time we shared in Des Moines last month. The Spirit was present and real in worship. The discussions were deep in the workshops. The joy was tangible at the meal events.  Our programming for youth and young adults included education about the […]

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