Staff at the Disciples of Christ Historical Society is thankful for the prayers and support received following water damage in the building that houses the ministry’s collection of books, biographical files, congregational records and other items. The damage to the Thomas W. Phillips Memorial Archives building occurred the last weekend of April, caused by a faulty heating and cooling system. The most valuable items, including early collections from the Stone-Campbell movement, were not damaged, according to Sara Harwell, vice-president of information technology and chief archivist. No materials from the library or archives were lost.
The flooding in the facility came as the society was honing preparations for Great Communion Sunday on Oct. 4, 2009. Thousands of Disciples congregations around the world will commemorate the bicentennial of Thomas Campbell’s "Declaration and Address" that day when they gather for special communion services. In his address, Campbell said that the Church in the whole world is united… it is One. To find out more about the Great Communion, visit: blogsdiscipleshistory.org/?p=60