Disciples News Service

Leaders encourage commemoration of Kagiwada Sunday

September 2, 2015

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Dear Church,

You are invited to join with North American Pacific/Asian Disciples (NAPAD) in honoring the memory of the Rev. David Kagiwada on September 13, 2015. Kagiwada Memorial Sunday will commemorate the 30th anniversary of Rev. Kagiwada’s passing and marks the beginning of NAPAD Ministry Week, September 14-19, 2015.

The Rev. David Kagiwada, a Japanese-American minister, was one of the founders of the North American Pacific/Asian Disciples of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He served congregations in California and Indiana. The Rev. Kagiwada was known as a strong advocate for racial justice, reconciliation and Christian unity, fundamental values that undergird NAPAD’s ministry to this day.

Following his death, NAPAD established a scholarship fund in his memory to support NAPAD seminarians. Kagiwada scholars contribute significantly towards the life of our church and have continued his legacy of advocating for reconciliation and justice.

Resources related to the ministries of NAPAD including Kagiwada Memorial Sunday are available www.napad.net. Please join in celebrating the legacy of the Rev. David Kagiwada.

In Christ,

Rev. Jinsuk Chun, Executive Pastor, North American Pacific/Asian Disciples

Rev. Huberto Pimentel, National Pastor, Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries

Rev. Dr. Timothy M. James, Administrative Secretary, National Convocation

Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, General Minister and President