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“Rejoice?”: reflection from Green Chalice

Submitted by Rev. Carol Devine, Minister of Green Chalice Rejoice? The last decade was the hottest on record and included an unprecedented number of deadly hurricanes, floods, superstorms, and fires. Climate scientists report that we have ten years to make drastic changes to keep the earth’s rising temperature to well below two degrees Celsius. Eco-anxiety […]

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Disciples invited to June 20 Moral March on Washington

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’  “The King […]

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Upper Midwest region hosts youth camp at Standing Rock reservation

Rev. Dr. Laurie Pound Feille, senior minister at First Christian Church in Minneapolis, first visited the Standing Rock reservation (stretching over 3,500 miles in North and South Dakota) in November 2016. As part of an ecumenical clergy visit, she stood in support of the Sioux Tribe protesting the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline on […]

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Posted on January 3, 2020
Filed under: Congregations, Ecumenical, General Assembly, People, Regions, Young Adult, Youth
Reconciliation Ministry celebrates first year of “One Bag of Tea” initiative

The “One Bag of Tea, One Conversation, One Relationship” initiative grew out of Minister of Reconciliation Rev. April Johnson’s own experiences. After 10 years of offering anti-racism trainings, Johnson saw that many participants had never talked about racism in any intentional way. Moreover, trainings were often held in groups of people who had never met […]

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Posted on September 26, 2018
Filed under: Congregations, General Assembly, General Ministries, Resources
2018 Covenant Journal: General Minister and President presents vision, goals to General Board

“We need connection,” said General Minister and President Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens. “We need connection to God, to who we are as Disciples, and to our community.” Hord Owens laid out her vision for the Church to renew its connection to God with an emphasis on the foundation of Biblical literacy. “We just don’t know […]

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Living the faith

The Poor People’s Campaign led by Rev. Dr. William Barber, III (far right in the image above) is gaining traction. With articles in both The Christian Century and The Guardian, as well as other outlets, the call for moral revival is highlighting the reality of many living on the margins. The campaign calls for healing of […]

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Posted on October 25, 2017
Filed under: Ecumenical, General Assembly, People
Home started at General Assembly completed for local family

At the 2017 General Assembly in Indianapolis, IN, Disciples served in many ways. One of those mission projects was constructing panels for a Habitat for Humanity home. After the Assembly, these panels were transported to the Indiana State Fairgrounds, where more volunteers completed the project. Just recently, the full structure was moved to the foundation […]

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Posted on October 19, 2017
Filed under: General Assembly
Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries reimagines identity

For Rev. Lori Tapia, interim national pastor for the Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries (CPOHM), there is no time to waste. Although the office has existed in some form since 1981, first as Disciples Home Missions’ Hispanic Binational/Bilingual Fellowship, and then as an independent ministry since 1992, the last five years have been different. […]

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Posted on September 25, 2017
Filed under: General Ministries
One bag of tea, one conversation, one relationship

Submitted by Reconciliation Ministry Across our denomination, there are congregations meeting weekly, spreading the Gospel and doing mission in their communities, but how many of these congregations know each other? God created us to live in relationship and community. We can’t deny it – we need each other, and we need relationships. We cannot be […]

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Posted on September 20, 2017
Filed under: Congregations, General Assembly, General Ministries
Disciples receive stewardship study

by Rev. Bruce Barkhauer, Minister for Faith and Giving What, exactly, does it mean that the General Assembly unanimously voted to accept the Stewardship Study Document (GA-1732)? Actually, that depends on you. The document itself becomes a historical marker for how we Disciples (those voting in the Assembly) think biblically and theologically about stewardship and […]

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Posted on August 2, 2017
Filed under: General Assembly, General Ministries