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Category: Office of the General Minister and President

Reflection on a Middle East Pilgrimage, Part 2

Egypt. One of the stepping off points for the Arab Spring – and for the disappointment that followed. Land of pharaohs and pyramids, of desert and of fertile Nile basin. Home to the most Christians of any Middle Eastern country. Ten percent of Egyptians are Christian. That Jesus spent time in Egypt matters: “Out of […]

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Reflection on a Middle East Pilgrimage, Part 1

In March 2016, Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ led a delegation of church leaders to the Middle East to meet ministry partners there. Disciples Mission Fund and Week of Compassion support these partners and many others in the land where Jesus and the apostles first […]

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General Board meets by conference call, votes on 2 items

Item 1 – Mission Council for Mission First! pilot named General Board                                           Business Item # GB-16-0937 Title:               Nominees to the Mission Council Origin:       General Nominating Committee Background At the 2015 General Board Meeting, GB-15-0934 Report of the Mission Council Task Force was approved. This approval included receipt of the actual task force report, approval of […]

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Social Witness task force has first meeting

by William Bauzo, Jeff Goodier and Dean Phelps From February 5-7, 2016, 21 members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) met as the Social Witness Task Force in Indianapolis. This group was formed in response to GA-1524 which called for “the Office of General Minister and President, Disciples Home Missions, Division of Overseas Ministries, […]

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Posted on February 19, 2016
Filed under: General Assembly, Office of the General Minister and President
Migrant advocates deliver letter to U.S. president

As leaders in the faith community, we the undersigned, write to express our opposition to the current immoral and unjust ICE raids, as ordered by your administration and carried out by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldaña.

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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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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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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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Posted on February 1, 2016
Filed under: General, Office of the General Minister and President
Race the subject of Remind & Renew conference

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?”

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Disciple, United Church of Christ leaders speak up for Muslim sisters, brothers

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 […]

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