Disciples: Leaders in Ecumenism
I thought it might be good to step away from the events which have dominated the news cycles this past week and share something a little brighter. From the Disciples News Service we have this article about our General Minister and President Sharon Watkins.
During a ceremony Nov. 17, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Minister and President, Sharon Watkins was installed as the chair of the board for the National Council of Churches of Christ (NCCC) for 2016. Watkins has been serving as vice chair for the past year. Her husband, The Rev. Dr. Rick Lowery preached the sermon. “I am honored to join a long line of Disciples who have been leaders in the Council,” Watkins said. “Recent years have brought fresh initiative and focus. I’m excited for the opportunity to be part of the renewal.” Watkins served on a task force from 2011 to 2013 that reorganized the work of the NCCC.
Disciples have been an integral part of the National Council from the 1950s to today. Mr. J. Irwin Miller of Indiana was the first layman to serve as president of the NCCC (1960-1963). The Rev. Joan Brown Campbell served as general secretary for a decade (1990–2000). And more recently, Dr. Michael Kinnamon, served as general secretary from late 2007 to December 2012.
Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has been a leading force for seeking unity, racial justice and ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States. The 37 NCC member communions — representing a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches — include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.
The current key areas of focus for the NCCC are to address the issues of interfaith understanding and mass incarceration. The NCCC is also responsible for the translation of the Revised Standard Version and New Revised Standard Version of the Bible and as such, receives royalties from the sales of the translations.
The Disciples have been making an important contribution to the work of ecumenism for six decades. And now we are going to instrumental in the work of interfaith dialogue and understanding. It’s something positive toward encouraging an enduring peace in the world after a week of not so encouraging events.
Posted on Tue, November 24, 2015
by Doug Meister