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Rev. Dr. Chris Hobgood, former GMP, passes

The Rev. Dr. William Chris Hobgood, former general minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) passed into new life in Christ May 31, 2019. Hobgood was general minister and president from October 2003 to July 2005. In addition to his work in the general Church, Hobgood was regional minister in Arkansas and […]

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SERF regions collaborate on pro-reconciliation/anti-racism

Submitted by Rev. John Mobley, regional minister for Alabama/Northwest Florida Approximately 45 Disciples leaders (clergy and lay) from all across the southeastern United States gathered at Brookhaven Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia, for a two-day “Train the Trainers” event on May 3-4. All of the eight regions included in the Southeast Regional Fellowship (SERF) were […]

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Posted on May 7, 2019
Filed under: Regions
Greater Kansas City region launches anti-racism initiative

A renewed focus on anti-racism efforts in the Greater Kansas City region grew out of their New and Transforming Church commission. “When we asked ourselves, ‘what kind of new churches are we being called to start?’” Regional Minister Rev. Bill Rose-Heim remembers, “we knew a new church would take seriously the four priorities of the […]

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Posted on March 6, 2019
Filed under: Congregations, Ecumenical, General Ministries, Regions, Resources
Southeast Regional Fellowship holds collaboration event

Submitted by Rev. John Mobley, regional minister for Alabama/Northwest Florida Leaders from the eight southeastern regions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) gathered at Christmount in Black Mountain, NC, for a collaboration event on Feb. 28-March 2, 2019. A variety of leaders, elected officers, and several regional ministry staff persons from the SERF regions […]

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Posted on March 4, 2019
Filed under: Regions
Reconciliation webinar series explores immigration and criminal justice systems

Last month, Reconciliation Ministry partnered with three other ministries to offer two webinars on issues impacting the Church and the world. The first webinar, “Embracing the Call: Putting Out the Welcome Mat,” was presented by Reconciliation Ministry, Disciples Refugee and Immigration Ministries, and Disciples Immigration Legal Counsel. In this discussion, leaders discussed what being a […]

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Posted on October 3, 2018
Filed under: Congregations, General Ministries, People, Regions, Resources
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
It’s time to talk about racism

Submitted by Chalice Press White people need to be able to talk about race. But one of the reasons why we don’t is because it makes us really anxious to talk about it. Chalice Press’ newest release, Carolyn B. Helsel’s Anxious to Talk about It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism offers tools to engage racial […]

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Posted on February 16, 2018
Filed under: General Ministries, Resources
Capital Area hosts GMP for Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration

Submitted by Rev. Allen Harris, Capital Area Regional Minister On Jan. 14, General Minister & President Rev. Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens, was the guest preacher for an annual commemoration event hosted by the Christian Church Capital Area, honoring the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She called those present to an urgency […]

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Posted on January 24, 2018
Filed under: General Ministries, Office of the General Minister and President, Regions