19th Century Revival.

Deaths of Three Great Disciples Leaders


We are saddened to hear of the deaths this past weekend (June 26-27) of three great Disciples leaders:

  • Charles Bayer was a leading Disciples voice for justice and peace. A long-time pastor and teacher, he was a prominent presence at many General Assemblies promoting issues of social and economic justice and was one of the key figures in the founding of the Disciples Justice Action Network and the Center for Public Witness in Washington, D.C.
  • Clark Williamson was long-time theology professor at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis and also served for a while as Executive Vice President and Academic Dean. A graduate of Transylvania College and the University of Chicago, Clark stood firmly in the “Chicago School” of Christian theological tradition. One of the leading scholarly proponents of Process Theology in the US, he trained and influenced a generation of pastors and scholars who studied at CTS and at Claremont Theology School in California and the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches in Geneva. A long-time member of the Association of Disciples for Theological Discussion, of which I too have long been a member, Clark was a wonderful dialogue partner and incisive scholarly critic.
  • Don Pittman was the William Tabbernee Professor of the History of Religions Emeritus and former Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for many years. I was part of the faculty that called Don as PTS Dean, a position he began in 2000 after his tenure at the Protestant seminary in Taiwan as a missionary appointment through Global Ministries. He served there alongside his wife, the Rev. Dr. Nancy Pittman, who currently serves as President of Phillips. Don came at a time of great challenge and hope at Phillips as we were emerging from a very difficult period. A scholar of Chinese Buddhism who was fluent in Mandarin, Don was a gifted teacher and strong, compassionate dean, a good friend with a pastor’s heart. You can view the memorial article on the Phillips website https://www.ptstulsa.edu/2021/06/27/in-memory-of-the-rev-dr-don-a-pittman/

Rick Lowery

DCHS Building Re-opening to the Public


The DCHS building is open to the public effective June 14, 2021. No masks are required for fully vaccinated visitors, but we are asking, for now, that those who have not been vaccinated wear masks while in the building.

We will continue to provide disposable masks and hand sanitizer for those who need them. We trust our visitors, so we will follow the honor system on this policy. 

Tours of the Campbell Mansion will begin again on July 6, 2021.

Visitors may call (615) 327-1444 or email info@discipleshistory.org for reservations to do research or tour the Campbell Mansion.

Call for Articles for Journal of Discipliana


The Editorial Committee of the Journal of Discipliana invites manuscript submissions in all areas of the Stone-Campbell Movement. Editors are seeking contributions grounded in original research which defend a clear thesis and inform specialists and/or general readers. Articles should explore issues relevant to all aspects of thought and religious life and practice within the historical or contemporary Stone-Campbell Movement.

The General Editor of the Journal of Discipliana, an online only, open access journal, is Mark G. Toulouse, who works in consultation with an editorial committee. Scholars from the three primary streams of the Stone-Campbell Movement: the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, the Churches of Christ (a cappella), and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) serve on the editorial committee. Dr. Richard H. Lowery, president of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society is publisher.

Teachers of graduate students are encouraged not only to submit their own scholarly endeavors but those of their most promising students. The Historical Society seeks to cultivate the work of young scholars through the Isaac Errett Award, an essay contest which each year honors an outstanding student essay.

Manuscripts should follow the Chicago Manual of Style and the SBL Handbook of Style and are to be 5000-6500 words (or approximately 18 - 20 pages, double-spaced) with footnotes. Submit in Microsoft Word to General Editor, Dr. Mark G. Toulouse at journalofdiscipliana@discipleshistory.org


Wellsprings of Hope


DCHS President Rev. Dr. Richard H. Lowery's most recent publication, Wellsprings of Hope: Prayers for a Prophetic New Visions for Disciples is now available.

In this new collection of 52 weekly reflections on Isaiah 35, the hallowed passage about finding new life, new faith, and new prophetic vision in challenging times and places, walk alongside other Disciples and congregations toward a new vision for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Copies of the book are available from Chalice Press, including a discount for bulk purchases.


To learn more about the book here is an interview between Dr. Lowery and Chalice Press President Brad Lyons:


Video: Hope's Design

  • The Disciples of Christ Historical Society provides this Kirkpatrick Lecture on the 50th anniversary of the Merger and Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

    DCHS wishes to acknowledge and thank the following partners for their contributions to the production of this video: Patricia R. Case, Christopher Higgins and Sir Chuy Productions (sirchuy.com), Rev. Dr. Betsy Goehrig, Regional Minister of Florida, and Christian Theological Seminary Library. Photos of the 1948 WCC Assembly, copyright, World Council of Churches, used by permission.


Stone-Campbell History

  • During the 2019 General Assembly in Des Moine, IA, several Disciples told stories of how the church has impacted their life, the life of their community and world, and what they hope for the church 50 years from now.

  • 19th Century Revival

    The American frontier of the early 19th century was brimming with religious fervor. While the human spirit was being awakened in the cities of the United States, there was a special intensity to the revivals of the frontier.


  • The Kirkpatrick Lecture is presented biennially, in odd years, featuring prominent historians in the Stone-Campbell heritage.

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