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.
Death of Alice Hord
From the President
On behalf of the members, staff, and Board of Trustees of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, I offer our deepest sympathy to our pastor, our General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens on the passing of her beloved mother Alice Hord on Sunday, September 12. Sister Hord was a stalwart presence at Light of the World Christian Church in Indianapolis, serving in a variety of leadership roles, including as administrator of Heaven on Earth Ministries and Executive Assistant to Dr. Tom Benjamin. She had a special passion for preserving the church history of this, one of our most important Disciples congregations. We lift our prayers of gratitude for this amazing woman, and hold Terri, her brother and sister, and Walter and Mitchell in our hearts during this time of grief and grateful remembrance, even as we celebrate with them the amazing life and witness of this faithful servant of Christ. We rejoice in the confidence that she rests in the eternal loving embrace of God.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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.
Watch video interviews from the 2019 General Assembly of church leaders discussing the Full Communion Agreement between the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Canada.