First Christian Church
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Disciples of Christ in Dexter, Missouri
January 16, 2019
Kentucky Disciple encourages grace-filled conversations as political podcast co-host
When Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers started a political podcast in November 2015, they planned to discuss specific policies from their opposing perspectives, providing the nuanced conversations they didn’t hear anywhere else.
Instead, Pantsuit Politics, hosted by “Sarah from the Left” and “Beth from the Right,” is more often a discussion of deeper values than of specific policy positions. This project has grown since its inception, now with over three million downloads, and inspiring a second podcast, The Nuanced Life, which tackles other topics like families, careers, and relationships.
Holland’s and Silvers’ professional focus on values, in many ways, developed from their personal faith journeys. Both grew up in religious families, but left church life after college.
For Silvers, the 2016 U.S. presidential election inspired her to find a new church family. “I needed something stable in my life, because the world felt so unstable,” Silvers remembers. “I wanted to find ways to reconnect with new institutions and find female leaders to serve as good role models for my young daughters.”
NBA XPLOR deadline approaches
NBA XPLOR Residents are well into the 2019-20 program year, living and serving in six host sites across the United States. What has their experience been like so far? Meet the current XPLOR Residents in this intro video, and continue to follow their stories throughout the year! For digital copies of XPLOR materials, including some translated versions, you can visit our online resource page
NBA XPLOR is currently accepting applications for the 2019-20 Residency! Young adults ages 21-30 can learn more and apply online. Our upcoming deadlines are:
  • Cornerstone deadline: Jan. 18
  • Extended deadline: Feb. 15
Do you know a young adult who might be interested in NBA XPLOR? Or is your church interested in participating as a host congregation? Contact us at or complete the online inquiry form.
Most Residents hear about NBA XPLOR through a local pastor or church member. We count on you to talk personally with young adults who might be seeking their next steps, and who are ready to put their passion to purpose in new ways. Thank you for sharing the good news about NBA XPLOR!
2019 Year Book reporting window open
It's that time of year again! The reporting window for the 2019 Year Book and Directory is now open. Congregations must submit their report form by March 15 in order to be included in the Year Book. To submit your report, you can submit online, or mail or email a printed form to the Year Book Office.
The annual Year Book & Directory is all about connections between expressions of the Church. Congregations and clergy, general and regional ministries, and General Assembly reports and resolutions are contained in each issue. The Year Book serves as an invaluable resource for church staff and members, as well as the official record of a year in the life of our Church – and it’s not complete without you!
Week of the Laity resources available
Week of the Laity will be celebrated Jan. 20-26. Laity Sunday is a special time when the lay people of the church often pause to consider their varied gifts for ministry, inside and outside the walls of the church building. The 2019 resource, "Created to be Creators," was written by Lashaundra McCarty.
Global Ministries offers young adult journey for justice in Palestine
The Joint Advocacy Initiative of East Jerusalem YMCA and the YWCA of Palestine invite international young people worldwide to the Journey for Justice in Palestine, July 27 - Aug. 4, 2019.
Young adults between 17 and 30 years of age, from all over the world, in any background, religion or membership are welcomed to participate. The Journey includes guided tours and visits into various areas and sites to witness life in Palestine with its heritage and culture.
Reconciliation Ministry
Reconciliation Ministry grant proposal application window open
Reconciliation Ministry is welcoming grant proposals for Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism programs and projects for the 2019 cycle. Proposal will be received until Jan. 31. Notification of awards will be by April 15. Congregations and individuals are strongly encouraged to apply for funding through their regional office. The guidelines for grant proposals can be found here.
Key components of successful a project include: adherence to the grant proposals guidelines in succinctness, anti-racism focus, attention to comparable funding, project sustainability, and people served by the project's implementation. Previous awardees' projects were a mentor program for eligible returning citizens through NBA Prison and Jail Ministries; Mid-America region's Racial Justice Summit; “Reconciliation in Real Time,” an educational and relational reconciliation program through the Georgia region; and four Atlanta Disciples congregations.
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.
  • Jan. 28-29: Disciples Executive Leadership School, St. Louis, MO
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