Disciples News Service

Category: Overseas Ministries

RFRA follow-up letter sent to Indiana governor

April 24, 2015 The Honorable Michael R. Pence Governor of the State of Indiana 200 W. Washington Street, Room 206 Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 Governor Pence: We have seen the huge new banner in the Indianapolis airport proclaiming “Indy Welcomes All.” We read in the Indianapolis Star that you declared on April 14, “I think the […]

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General Board commits to seek new venue for 2017 General Assembly

Please note: This post is from 2015. The 2017 General Assembly will be held in Indianapolis. Subsequent action by the Indiana Legislature persuaded the General Board to choose Indianapolis in mid April 2015. Update, March 31: General Board commits to seek new venue for 2017 General Assembly Dear Disciples, We are Disciples of Christ, a […]

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Watkins, other religious leaders speak out on Middle East peace

National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East E-Mail: usicpme@aol.com Website: www.nili-mideastpeace.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         FOR MORE INFORMATION February 28, 2014                                                             Contact: Ron […]

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Sharon Watkins a voice for peace in Syria

From the World Council of Churches:  20 January 2014 A statement from churches around the world urging an end to the armed conflict in Syria, ahead of the Geneva 2 talks scheduled to take place on 22 January was presented to Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations-Arab League joint representative for Syria, by the World Council […]

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The Problems and Promise of Dialogue: WCC dispatch #7

By Nathan Wilson Dialogue, someone said, is the art of thinking together. I note this idea often, most recently during a Madang workshop titled “Ecumenical Dialogue: Seeking Consensus or Reconciling Theologies?” held today at the World Council of Churches’ 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea. Before describing highlights of the workshop, it is worthwhile […]

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Posted on November 5, 2013
Filed under: Ecumenical, Overseas Ministries
Facilitating peace in Syria: WCC dispatch #6

By Nathan Wilson The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Olav Fyske Tveit, said the WCC is ready to facilitate a meeting of key religious leaders, including Muslims, to help politicians bring about a lasting peace and reconciliation process in war-torn Syria. In an invitation-only briefing, Tveit said, “We will try to […]

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60 years: WCC dispatch #4

By Jack Haberer, Presbyterian Outlook editor “Sixty years,” he whispered as he tried to blink back his tears.  “Sixty years,” he whispered again. We’d just walked outside from sitting in the audience at the Mount Dora Observatory on the southern edge of the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas. During the presentation we had heard […]

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Posted on November 3, 2013
Filed under: Ecumenical, Overseas Ministries
Space for encounter and blessing: WCC dispatch #3

By Nathan Day Wilson 31 October 2013 One of the liveliest venues at the World Council of Churches’ 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea, is a room called madang. Madang is the Korean word for the courtyard in a traditional Korean home. It’s where families, friends, neighbors and guests congregate in order to share […]

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Posted on October 31, 2013
Filed under: Ecumenical, Overseas Ministries
Foretastes: WCC Dispatch #2

By Nathan Day Wilson 30 October 2013 My goals with these (approximately) daily dispatches from the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) are broad: Describe many direct contributions of Disciples to the assembly, which reflect the extensive ecumenical witness of our denomination thanks in no small part to the Council on Christian Unity; name key actions […]

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