MARCH 2022
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on Interracial Unity
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), which is one of three major streams of the Stone-Campbell Movement, provides an interesting case study for examining the effects of the Civil Right Movement on interracial unity in American Christianity. In response to a divided Protestant Christianity, the Stone-Campbell Movement came into existence in the early nineteenth century with a plea for Christian unity on the basis of the Bible alone. As this unity movement eventually endured internal divisions, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) emerged as the Mainline stream of the Stone-Campbell Movement, firmly committed to the goal of Christian unity as illustrated in its efforts with the ecumenical movement. Therefore, this denomination provides a helpful indication of the opportunities and challenges of interracial unity in American Christianity. Efforts to achieve interracial unity within the Stone-Campbell Movement before, during, and following the Civil Rights Movement have reflected patterns of progress/regression and support/resistance as experienced in other parts of the nation. They can be viewed as forms of interracial unity as conceived by Shattuck.

An example of the type of paternalism Brittain noted about the Episcopal Church (i.e., the rhetoric of unity did not translate to the practice of racial equality) is demonstrated in the Stone-Campbell Movement, whose silence on slavery is well-documented. This silence was fueled largely by the leadership’s acquiescence to the demands of Southern members of this movement for the sake of maintaining unity within church. Also well-documented is the comparatively slow response on the part of churches within the Stone-Campbell Movement (within the context of Northern Protestant movements in the U.S.) to establish schools with and on behalf of enslaved and, later, formerly enslaved African people in North America.
There is evidence of whites within the Stone-Campbell Movement who demonstrated unity with those seeking to abolish slavery. One example of this is an Indiana preacher named Pardee Butler, who moved to Kansas in 1855 to help stem the spread of slavery in the Western territories. Pro-slavery activists tarred and feathered him and threatened to hang him if he persisted in his work.
It could be argued that the work of the Christian Woman’s Board of Missions (CWBM) to establish schools for African Americans in the South is an example of interracial relations. On the surface, this appears to be an example of interracial unity in an effort to advance African American freedom and empowerment. A closer examination, however, reveals other motives at play. I address this in my study, The Cost of Unity: African American Agency and Education in the Christian Church, 1865-1914.
PLEASE NOTE: We are using a new platform, not Zoom. You must register in advance to attend this event. After registering, you will receive an email with the link to join us, on the new platform, on the day of the event.
2022 Kirkpatrick Conference
Systematic Racism, Antiracism, and "Reconciliation" In Our Shared History and Tradition
The registration fee for the day and a half event is $70, which includes three meals. Register for in-person or Livestream attendance.
Fellowship of Black Disciples Clergywomen

Invites you to
a virtual celebration of Black Disciples SHE-roism

March 25, 2022
@ 5 pm Eastern

  • Mrs. Josie McClorine
  • Elder May Reed
  • Rev. Dr. Julia Brown Karimu
  • Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale
  • Rev. Dr. Yowanda Bowens
PLEASE NOTE: You must register in advance to attend this event. After registering, you will receive an email with the link to join us, on a new platform (not zoom), on the day of the event.

 Flourishing in Ministry: 
Exploring Meaning, Means and Practice
April 24-29, 2022 
(Virtual workshop)

  • Do you feel tired and disconnected from your call to ministry? 
  • Do your days continue to provide meaningful work? 
  • Are you struggling to improve the quality of your daily life or are you seeking a time for personal reflection on what comes next? 
  • Are personal or professional transitions impacting your ability to thrive?
Ministry can be both exhilarating and exhausting especially in the midst of seismic cultural shifts. While you as a pastoral leader have opportunities to bring good news, the expectation to over-work and be consistently present is normalized. These dynamics can be particularly challenging in the midst of change and routinely lead to burnout.

This week-long, online intentional workshop is designed for mid-career clergy interested in exploring the different facets of personal and professional flourishing and in developing strategies for increasing one’s resiliency. 

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The deadline to apply is April 4, 2022. Once your application is received, it will be reviewed and notification of acceptance into the program will be sent no later than April 8, 2022.
Rev. Dr. Dale C. Braxton called to serve as
Interim Regional Minister
Rev. Dr. Dale C. Braxton

Rev. Braxton received a bachelor's degree from Athens State University in 1977, a master's degree from Auburn University in Montgomery in 1981, a second master's degree in administration and supervision in 1983, and a doctorate degree from California Coast University in 2006. 
Alabama-Northwest Florida Regional Board calls Rev. Dr. Dale C. Braxton to serve as
Interim Regional Minister. At its meeting on February 26, 2022, the Alabama-Northwest Florida Regional Board voted to call Rev. Dr. Dale C. Braxton as Interim Regional Minister, beginning in June, 2022.

Rev. Braxton has spent his entire life and ministry in the Alabama-Northwest Florida Region. He has served as Pastor with Snow Hill Christian Church, Mt. Willing, for nearly 39 years. He has served as Associate Regional Minister in Alabama-Northwest Florida for nearly 17 years.  Rev. Braxton brings his experience and spiritual leadership to the Region as the Region goes through a time of transition from one settled Regional Minister to another. Under his guidance and care, the Region will continue to serve as an effective instrument in the ministry of Jesus Christ. Both clergy and congregations can have confidence in Rev. Braxton's care for them and for their ministries.
Rev. Janae Pitts-Murdock installed as Senior Pastor of Light of the World Christian Church
Rev. R. Janae Pitts-Murdock

Pastor Janae is a graduate of the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, Carnegie Mellon University with a Master of Science degree in Public Policy & Management, United Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree, and University of Memphis with a Master of Business Administration.
She is a candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric at Christian Theological Seminary.
Rev. R. Janae Pitts-Murdock was installed as Senior Pastor of Light of the World Christian Church (Disciples Christ) in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 6 in person. In November 2020, Light of the World Christian Church elected Pastor Janae to be their sixth Senior Pastor and first female Senior Pastor in their 154-year history. Rev. Dr. Howard John Wesley preached. Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), presided over communion. Rev. April Johnson, Rev. Dr. Delesslyn Kennebrew, and Rev. Virzola Law also participated in the service. Following the installation, the celebration continued with preaching from Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale, Senior Pastor of Ray of Hope Christian Church, and Rev. Jeffrey Johnson, Senior Pastor of Eastern Star Church, on March 7 and 8.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Pastor Janae was ordained at New Bethel Baptist Church under Rev. Robert Smith, Jr. Previously, she served as Lead Pastor at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Memphis, TN under Pastor Frank A. Thomas, and as Connections Pastor at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rogers, Arkansas. More here.
Important Announcement
The ministries of National Convocation, Obra Hispana, NAPAD have prayerfully decided to cancel “It’s Real: The 2022 Experience.” Since 2019, we have been planning a one-time in-person gathering for the whole church to experience the diverse theological, multicultural, and multilingual identities, history, and culture of our communities. In care for the health and wholeness of our church, as cases of covid-19 and the omicron variant surge globally, we have discerned that we cannot host the event with excellence and integrity. 
We thank God for the care and labor of our respective National and Executive Pastors, our Moderators and Presidents, the local arrangements committee, TCU representatives, institutional sponsors, and supporters of this event over the last four years. 

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Who Do You Say That I Am?
2022 Lenten Devotional Resource for you to enjoy across the church. Included are litanies, daily affirmations, meditations, reflections, a playlist, and prayer.

Our beloved guest contributors are Reverends Bere Gil Soto, Deenabandhu Manchala, Kristen Peters, and Tyler Thompson.

Let us remember Jesus together!
Several times a year, congregations receive a special offering to support the ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). These gifts are given above and beyond the regular core support of Disciples Mission Fund.

The Easter Offering, received by most congregations on April 10 & 17, 2022, supports several of the general ministries of the Christian Church including the National Convocation. Your gift supports college students in leadership development programs, global mission partners, health and social service ministries, the formation of new congregations, support for pastors and chaplains, and so much more. 
Black Leadership Projects Grant
NBA Ministry Grants and Incubate Partner program
Your congregation or nonprofit ministry may be eligible for grant funding to support programs for older adults, or education for youth and young adults! 
The National Benevolent Association is accepting Incubate Partner applications from Disciples health and social service organizations. 
HELM Leadership Fellows Program Application
Learn more about available positions across the Christian Church here on our website in addition to the opportunities featured below:
National Convocation launches a search for its next Administrative Secretary