JULY 2021
Juneteenth Highlights
The National Convocation invited the whole church to gather online on June 19 to share in an inter-generational celebration of Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when U.S. soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, Texas, and ended slavery in the United States. It became a federal holiday on June 17, 2021. The online event was led by 12 Disciple leaders and viewed by more than 1,000 people.
The celebration began with powerful drumming by Rev. Vincent Dial followed by a prophetic proclamation from Texas by Rev. Dr. Irie Session. Click here to read the Freedom Proclamation. Greetings were offered by Rev. Teresa Hord Owens and Rev. Yvonne Gilmore. Spoken word was shared by Rev. Yani Davis; Aneesah Ettress reflected on the visual art of Edward Mitchell Bannister, a painter and abolitionist; and Dwayne Bell chronicled the legacy of Greenwood Cemetery. A contemporary musical arrangement of “Wade in the Water” by W. Mitchell Owens, III centered the gathering before Rev. Dr. John Foulkes reflected on African American Disciples history. A call to community action was sounded by Rev. Eddie Anderson, Rev. Terri Owens, and Rev. Dr. Irie Session, and the event concluded with a litany led by Rev. Yvonne Gilmore, Niles Crain, and Rev. Monique Crain Spells. In case you missed it, you can click the picture to watch the celebration.

Musical Prelude|
Greeting| Rev. Yvonne Gilmore, Interim Administrative Secretary
Invocation| Rev. Johnathan Strange, Pastor, New Fellowship C.C.(Palestine, TX)
Musical Selection| TCMF District II Choir
“TCMF’ Story – Who We Are”|Elder Bobby Williams, Warren Avenue C.C. (Dallas, TX)
Scripture| President Elder Robert Loftis, New Mount Olive C.C. (Henderson, TX)
Invitation to the Table| Rev. Dr. Raumone Burton, Associate Pastor, Garden Grove C.C. (Houston, TX)
Communion Song | TCMF District II Choir
Prayers| Bread – Elder Betty J. Brown, University C.C. (Houston, TX)
             Cup – Elder Tommy Cole, Jr., Warren Avenue C.C., (Dallas, TX)
Words of Institution and Sharing of Elements| Rev. Dr. Raumone Burton
Announcements and Benediction| Rev. Yvonne Gilmore
Click the image above or below to join the gathering on zoom
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July 14, 2021, 12:30 PM Eastern: Hope & Healing: Tending to Our Spiritual and Mental Wellbeing After Crisis and Trauma

Following a season of health pandemics, social isolation, economic instability caused by shutdowns, and the social unrest due to acts of violence and racism, there is a great need for healing in communities everywhere.
As part of NBA’s Mental Health and Wellness Initiative, join Disciples mental health professionals as they speak to the importance of tending to our mental health and wellness, especially as we return to social gatherings beyond family, and even begin to worship in person again. Attendees will come away with useful resources for mental wellness as well as some hopeful inspiration for the everyday.
Host: Mark D. Anderson, NBA President & CEO
Panelists: Rev. Anita Adams, Rev. Dr. Heather Hunnicutt, Rev. Lee Ivey, Rev. Cisa Payuyo
Facing Brokenness: Being Brave Together

Disciples Justice Ministries will host Watch Parties all summer long as they premier a series of video conversations about "Facing Brokenness: Being Brave Together!" The Watch Parties will be interactive, will showcase the world premier of each video, and feature a time for Q&A Follow-ups with the panelists.

July 11, 7 pm EDT – Facing Brokenness: Church
July 25, 7 pm EDT – Facing Brokenness: Communities
August 15, 7 pm EDT – Facing Brokenness: World
August 29, 7 pm EDT – Facing Brokenness: Creation

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JULY 21 - AUGUST 3, 2021

Join AMANESER 2025 and Global Ministries in a Virtual Pilgrimage to Puerto Rico! This virtual pilgrimage will explore the effects of climate change in this Caribbean island through the lens of Hurricane María, a hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico in 2017.

Participants will learn about how colonialism and racism play important roles in the current socio-political situation of the island, further aggravating disaster response and recovery efforts. Through a series of sessions of pre-recorded materials and live interactions and discussions, participants will immerse themselves in the work, witness, and hope of AMANESER 2025 and other partner organizations in Puerto Rico and discover opportunities for further engagement and support.

You don't want to miss this opportunity for Disciples to connect, learn, worship, and imagine new ways of gathering as a church.

The Disciples Virtual Gathering is a one-day event focus on the covenant we share as Disciples and the promise of Romans 8:38-39 that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God. The program will consist of bible lectures, educational workshops, and worship service, with invited speakers and presenters focusing on our theme.
“ For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The Certificate in African American Ministry (CAAM) is a two-year continuing education program that provides theological, biblical, spiritual, and leadership training for women and men as pastoral leaders with attention to the twenty-first century African American congregational context. It supports those enrolled in the program to pursue excellence in core areas of ministerial practice.

The program is a partnership of Lexington Theological Seminary, the Office of African American Clergy Leadership Development, and the National Convocation. It is funded in part by the Thriving in Ministry Project at LTS with a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Information Needed for African American Disciples Personalities
By Jim McMillan, DCHS Archival Consultant

The Disciples of Christ Historical Society is gathering information on people, both lay and clergy, who were involved in the emergence of African Americans in the Stone-Campbell Movement in its early years as well as in the years during the establishment and growth of the National Christian Missionary Convention. 
We have existing biographical files for some people but only a small percentage of the many people who led congregations as ministers and elders; who served on committees such as the Interagency Council and the Joint Executive Committee.
We need your help. For these well-known and not so well-known people: Perhaps you attended a funeral and kept the program. Perhaps you delivered a eulogy and have the manuscript thereof. Perhaps you clipped an obituary from the local newspaper. Send us these items! Or, if you prefer, scan them and send a digital copy to us.
To keep track of their information we will:
  • Add information to their biographical files if we have one created already
  • Create biographical files for people for whom we do not have one already
  • Add their biographical information to the Virtual Cemetery we have created as a way for people to see the progress we are making on documenting their lives. The Virtual Cemetery is here: https://www.findagrave.com/virtual-cemetery/1370687.
We have noticed that gravesites for some African American Disciples are hard to find, particularly for people with common last names. Will you help us gather (or confirm) their biographical information? Send an email to mail@discipleshistory.org with questions or information. We want to preserve and tell their stories!

SAVE THE DATE: JULY 20-23, 2022