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.Read more
Disciples News Service
Category: Office of the General Minister and President
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 […]Read more
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.Read more
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?”Read more
A joint statement of the leadership of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ December 9, 2015 As people of faith, we are called to “love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength.” Jesus charges us […]Read more
It hits hard that one of the first Syrian families turned away in the new wave of fear following the Paris attacks was a family coming to Indiana. They were part of the long-standing processes shepherded by Church World Service (CWS) in partnership with federal government screenings. Many Christian denominations, including my own, have partnered […]Read more
(Indianapolis, IN) James P. Hamlett, 8th President of the Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) announced that he will retire effective August 31, 2016. Hamlett has served as President since January 1, 2004. He will be succeeded as president by the Reverend Dr. Todd A. Adams, who was called to be Senior […]Read more
During a ceremony Nov. 17, General Minister and President Sharon Watkins was installed as the chair of the board for the National Council of Churches of Christ (NCCC) for 2016. Watkins has been serving as vice chair for the past year. The Rev. Dr. Rick Lowery preached the sermon. “I am honored to join a […]Read more
Not Terrorists; Not Tourists: Refugees are Human Beings I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” 37Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and […]Read more
“I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.”- Psalm 118:17 Beloved in Christ, Once again we grieve – for lives tragically cut short in Paris and Beirut – and for our own sense of security which is lost to us for awhile. We pray for the victims and […]Read more