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South Carolina region wins award for pro-reconciliation work

The South Carolina Christian Action Council awarded the John Gillison Award for Racial Healing to the True Community team of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in South Carolina. The award acknowledges extraordinary leadership and service toward Racial Healing in South Carolina. Gillison, an elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, was the first African-American president of the South Carolina Christian Action Council and the first African American president of an integrated statewide body in SC and that statewide body became known as the South Carolina Christian Action Council.

During the panel discussion of their work, the South Carolina Disciples of Christ shared their views on racial healing and informed the group that the church has come a long way in the past 50 years. However, in spite of the progress there continues to be much more work along the journey towards realizing the goal of becoming an “pro-reconciling anti-racist” church.

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in South Carolina in 2004 decided to intentionally begin to do ministry jointly by birthing the South Carolina Regional Conference. This event marked the unity of the 126th Regional Assembly (predominately white) and the 135th SC State Convention (predominately Black) “Disciples” churches.

In October 2012 the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in South Carolina will celebrate a Regional Conference that will celebrate its dual racial history. The State Convention will be laid to rest and a humbling transformation in the working of the assembly churches will be lifted up.