First Christian Church
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Disciples of Christ in Dexter, Missouri
March 13, 2019
The GA early bird registration discount ends March 31!
Arizona pastor's ministry transforms with building
Their associate minister Rev. Kega Nasios now serves as the program director at Glendale, which celebrated its first full year of operation in the fall of 2018.
For the congregation and surrounding community, Nasios’ leadership provided a smooth transition because she was already familiar with the facility, ongoing programs, and administrative needs. “In that process was a lot of prayer,” Nasios remembers, “looking for God to answer in different, unusual, and unexpected ways.”
Nasios’ transition, like Glendale’s, was supported every step of the way by the Arizona region.
Rev. Richie Sanchez, Arizona’s regional minister, says that nontraditional ministry like Nasios’ role at Glendale could serve as a model for others in the future. “How do we envision the Church of tomorrow, or today, if we recognize it as a Center, or by some other name? The creativity is still there, and ministry still happens there. We’re walking together to see what the Spirit moves us to do, and the leadership of ministry like this one could be supported by regions for people who feel called to do it.”
DDH-Chicago to celebrate 125th anniversary, May 24-26
The Disciples Divinity House of the University of Chicago will celebrate an historic anniversary over Memorial Day weekend. Clark Williamson and JoAnne Kagiwada are Honorary Co-Chairs for the three-day event. 
“Grateful for what is to come,” the anniversary theme, will echo throughout the weekend. Speakers include Teresa Hord Owens, Sandhya Jha, Clark Gilpin, Robert Franklin, Stephanie Paulsell, Cynthia Lindner, Larry Bouchard, Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Julian DeShazier, Ayanna Johnson Watkins, Holly McKissick, Lee Hull Moses, Santiago Piñón, Vy Nguyen, Garry Sparks, Rebecca Anderson, David Nirenberg, and more. Drew Powell and Gaylord Yu are Masters of Ceremony for the celebration dinner. Learn more and register
Founded in 1894, the Disciples Divinity House is committed to excellence and vision in theological education in conjunction with MDiv, MA, and PhD programs at the University of Chicago Divinity School. At a time when the future may seem particularly uncertain, critical awareness of the past and present is especially crucial. As DDH celebrates its 125th anniversary, we give thanks for its remarkable legacy and for the alumni/ae, friends, and congregations who have made its legacy possible. Please join us for this historic celebration.
Browse General Assembly planning guide for education resources
The preview guide for the 2019 General Assembly was mailed to congregations this month (download a digital copy). Inside, you'll find all eight Bible studies on the GA theme from John 15:1-5, full schedule, and education information.
When you register by March 31 (to get the early bird discount), you can choose from a variety of pre-events, trainings, and educational workshops to add value to your trip to Des Moines.
  • March 24: Ghent Christian Church, Akron, OH
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Council on Christian Unity offers multi-faith curriculum
Early in Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) history, we preferred the term “brotherhood” to “denomination.” The idea was that we were not simply another church institution, we were family, brothers and sisters in Christ. 
At the heart of that conviction was the notion that we have been welcomed by God into this family, and because of this conviction, we believe our calling is to welcome others as God has welcomed us. And so, whether the host or the guest, we retain our identity as Disciples of Christ when engaged in interfaith relationships. What’s more, to be authentic in our relationship, we witness to the truth we know in Christ. But in interfaith engagement, we also listen to the truth given by the witness of the other person. Only in doing so can we create a community of mutual respect and understanding, where “nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2:4) The authors of this study believe that such a vision is needed today more than ever.
  • Session One:  A Room in the House of God
  • Session Two:  Learning from Our Neighbors
  • Session Three: Conversion or Dialogue?
  • Session Four:  Sharing Our Gifts as Disciples
MissionFest! looking for projects
Often when Disciples gather we are energized by the creativity and passion of those who have launched and sustained ministries and mission in their communities. We want to hear how they did it and maybe get some advice about how we could implement a similar mission in our own area.
We are looking forward to learning from each other at this General Assembly through the MissionFest! Does your congregation have a passion for serving that has resulted in a ministry? Could you share your successes and lessons learned with other congregations? Please let us know if you might be willing to share your experiences at our MissionFest! display in the exhibit hall during General Assembly.
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