GENERAL CHURCH NEWS FEED
Reconciliation Ministry series beginning July 30th
Next week on Thursday night (July 30) we will begin a 7-part series sponsored by Reconciliation Ministry and the Office of General Minister and President called “Love is an Action Word.” The registration link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2phMq5HWSRWzlH0kiOIVCw
Aug. 13 - Love is an Action Word: Indigenous peoples
Disciples reflect on the policies, practices, and theology that shape our relations with Indigenous peoples, and their call to action.
Aug. 27 - Love is an Action Word: NAPAD
Disciples reflect on the policies, practices, and theology that shape our relations with the NAPAD community, and their call to action.
Sept. 10 - Love is an Action Word: Latinx, Obra Hispana, and Just Borders
Disciples reflect on the policies, practices, and theology that shape our relations with the Latinx community, and their call to action.
Sept. 24 - Love is an Action Word: National Convocation, the Black Lives Matter movement
Disciples reflect on the policies, practices, and theology that shape our relations with National Convocation and the BLM movement, and their call to action.
Oct. 8 - Love is an Action Word: Race, Gender, and Sexual Identity
Melissa Guthrie Loy, Luther Young
Oct. 22 - Love is an Action Word: Puerto Rico, Imperialist ideology, and mission
Disciples reflect on the policies, practices, and theology that shape our relations with Puerto Rico, and their call to action.
Nov. 5 - Love is an Action Word: Identity, Theology, and Faithful care for the community
A multi-racial, multi-cultural panel of Disciples talk about identity, theology, and how they live out the call to faithful care for the community.
Newsletter from Association of Disciples Musicians
Odds & End News Bits
Regional colleagues – I wanted to make sure you were aware of some events coming up as well as check in with you about the Alex database project.
Terri is off this week so there is no prayer call at noon on Wednesday.
We have TWO events Thursday. Thank you to those of you who have been able to share information about them. Both require registration.
TurnOut Sunday planning – will NOT be streamed, Zoom only https://disciples.org/event/turnout-sunday-conversation/ 1 pm ET
Love is an Action Word: Indigenous Peoples – will be streamed but registration required https://disciples.org/event/love-is-an-action-word-indigenous-peoples/ 7 pm ET
Down the road a bit there are two more voting-related events, one from Disciples Center for Public Witness and another from National Benevolent Association – more details on this page: https://disciples.org/congregations/2020-counts-are-critical/ I’ve attached the “vote” art but I don’t have much else to offer there. Chalice Press is also announcing a new book on having faithful conversations in politically divided congregations due out Sept. 8.
The Alex database is taking shape. I should be able to share an article and FAQs with you later this week which you can use to help educate your congregations. We will gladly add additional questions as they come up.
Speaking of congregations and Alex – I hope you are able to get the contact names and e-mails for those in your regions. Ideally the data will be in an Excel sheet that lists these columns: Congregation/e-mail contact/Full Name of person/MemberType (congregational staff or congregational minister)/PIN/Region name. (Previous requests included a username column but we are going to use the e-mail address to reduce confusion.) Congregations can change that once they are in the system the first time.
We will be rolling out the Alex introduction by region. Georgia is scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday Sept. 9 or 10
1. Next week on Thursday night (July 30) we will begin a 7-part series sponsored by Reconciliation Ministry and the Office of General Minister and President called “Love is an Action Word.” The registration link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2phMq5HWSRWzlH0kiOIVCw
2. #DMFday is coming soon (Aug. 6). You can find social media graphics to use on https://disciplesmissionfund.org/dmfday under the “social media graphics” tab. The funds for this will be distributed in the same way our other core support is handled, so your region can benefit from participation.
3. Thank you all for getting me your signup information for Alex, the database! Another request … in order for the data to roll up into your regional dashboards, we need for you to have a congregation or two put some data in the test environment. Please send me two to 10 congregations from your region that might be willing testers. We need the e-mail, etc., in the same order as the spreadsheet you so graciously proofed. - Contact the Regional Office if your congregation is willing to participate.
Message from Disciples Peace Fellowship Mission Director:
I hope this email finds you doing well! And I hope that things are going great in your Region!
As the Mission Director for Disciples Peace Fellowship, I wanted to share the news with you that we will begin accepting Applications for 2020 Peace Interns on November 15. Once the Application Portal is open, I will send you a link with all of the information and I would love it if you could share that as widely as possible!
In the meantime, I'm also hoping you can share the names and contact information with me of any young adults that you think would make excellent Peace Interns. I'm more than happy to reach out to them, tell them about the program, and answer any questions they might have.
For four full decades DPF Peace Interns have been serving the wider church by spending a summer traveling from Disciples Church Camp to Disciples Church Camp as advocates for Peace and Justice. The DPF Peace Internship is a life-changing 12-week, paid internship ($2500 stipend for the summer) for anyone age 21 and over. It begins the last week in May with a weeklong training event in Indianapolis where Interns will learn peace practices, meet with denominational leaders at Disciples Center, put together their justice-themed workshops, and prayerfully prepare for the summer in intentional community. From there our Peace Interns spend the next 10 weeks on the road at weeklong Church Camps and Conferences all over the United States and Canada. As an added bonus, next year's Peace Interns will be attending "It's Real" (the first ever Joint Event of the National Convocation, North American Pacific/Asian Disciples and Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries hosted at Texas Christian University)! The Internship concludes in early August with a weeklong Closing Retreat where we debrief the experience, recuperate from the summer, and begin thinking about what's next for our justice and peace advocates. It is an incredible program that I would love to share with your students! You can learn more about the Peace Internship at the DPF Website.
I am reaching out directly to Regional Ministers, Regional Staff, College Chaplains, Seminary Professors, University Ministry Group Leaders, and General Church Leaders who work with Young Adults in order to gather names of individuals that I could directly recruit to apply for our Peace Internship Program. Thanks for considering the request. I look forward to hearing back from you!
Blessings in your ministry!
btw, if you want to hear about the firsthand experiences of previous Peace Interns you can check out the "Follow the Interns" Blog here!
Rev. Brian Frederick-Gray
Director of Mission Support and the Peace Intern Program
Disciples Peace Fellowship