The passing of the Rev. Dr. Billye P. Bridges to new life in February still reverberates around the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). “We are still realizing the gravity of this loss,” said the Rev. Timothy James, associate general minister and administrative secretary of the National Convocation. “She had such widespread leadership and influence.”
Even though the absence of Bridges is being keenly felt among those planning the National Convocation for Houston in July, the work continues. Four individuals will be identified to share the work of planning and implementation of education tracks for the event.
Rev. Ron Degges, president of Disciples Home Missions, said, “Billye was instrumental in the development of the Institute and remained committed to the fact that a good education can change life for the better.” In honor of Dr. Bridges, a fund has been set up to provide scholarships for people who may not be able to fully afford the National Convocation’s pre-event, the Faith & Life Institute, which has shaped two generations of Disciples leaders. Donations in her honor can be made to the Billye Bridges Faith & Life Institute Scholarship Fund. Checks should be made payable to Disciples Home Missions Fund, PO Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206.