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Disciples News Service

October 24, 2012



Creating Safe Church/Safe Ministry

Of all human groups, the church should be the most comforting for the hurting. After all, we are called by God to be welcoming, caring and nurturing. The turmoil in many congregations and denominations over sexual abuse shows in stark relief the results of trust broken.

In Nashville in 2011, the General Assembly passed Resolution 1122, calling the Church to prevent abuse and minister to the survivors and victims of abuse. For many years the General Commission on Ministry (GCOM) and regional commissions on ministry have been encouraging boundary training and other "safe church" practices, requiring these trainings for pastors to maintain ministerial standing, and for leaders who participate in camp and other youth programming. For more

News in the Church Other News
Last day to submit Quadrennial 2014 song Nov. 30

58.jpg The Quadrennial planning group has a vision for their gathering in 2014 and it includes a special song. The theme of "I See You...." is expected to play out over the days of the meeting in Atlanta with various days touching on compassion, grace, justice, joy and wholeness. You don't have to have a full orchestration by any means. A small stipend is offered for the chosen composer. A simple CD recording (friendly to PCs) or a lyric sheet with melody line submitted by e-mail will suffice for Nov. 30. More information

Bethany College expands library to children's collection

Violence surrounds West Bank olive harvest

Eureka student named Lincoln Laureate

National Benevolent Association Shifts Focus of Chaplaincy Ministries

Texas church celebrates 151 years


Development conference set for Jan. 16-18

Registration for the 2013 Development Conference, for those responsible for raising funds for Disciples ministries, is now open. The conference will be Jan. 16-18, 2013, in New Orleans. Information


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Thanksgiving offering resources available

Collected on Nov. 11 and 18, the Thanksgiving Day offering supports higher education institutions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). One of the special offerings of Disciples Mission Fund, the funds go to support the 14 colleges and universities, four seminaries and three seminary foundations/divinity houses in our common ministry of education. Posters, bulletin inserts and stories are available to help tell the story.


General Nominating Committee seeks recommendations

The General Nominating Committee (GNC), chaired by Hanna Arambel of Fayetteville, Ark., will meet November 15-17, 2012. The GNC seeks your nominations for the 2013-2015 Moderator Team and the General Board Class of 2017. Nominations should be submitted by Nov.1, 2012.

Online nomination form.

Other News and Resources
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Eureka hosts lecture on religious freedom Nov. 1

Generosity conference Nov. 9-11

DARE to Lead events in Mid-America region Nov. 10-11

Pacific School of Religion welcomes prospective students Nov. 9-11

Appalachian Advent midweek event Dec. 4-7

Pacific School of Religion offers lectures on "family" Jan. 29-31

Christmount offers youth retreats winter holiday weekends

EventsResources
Today is Food Day - a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

Political season do's and don'ts

Election prayer from National City Christian Church

Call for communion evening of election day

Prayers for Congo

Lucy Moore, Leader of Messy Church trains in Indiana Nov.2

Chaplain's challenge for sermons Nov. 11

Disciples at Chautauqua something of a secret

Coffee drinker? Do right by the growers with Equal Exchange

Online planning calendar available at Chalice Press site
EventsMinistry in Action

Abilene pastor recounts interfaith experience

Rebuilding Bolenge hospital

Check out where DOC has been in the Upper Midwest since Sept. 1

Lexington church joins 36,897 campaign

Would you like to contribute a story of your own congregation's ministry to the Justice Table collection? Areas of focus are women/children, hunger/poverty, immigration and care for creation, but feel free to send any story for possible selection to news@disciples.org





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