Monday, October 22, 2007



. . . to the REV. LARI GRUBBS, regional minister of the Christian Church Capital Area, who yesterday celebrated the 40th Anniversary of his ministry. The Rev. Grubbs, our "Bishop," is a blessing to our region and a blessing to so many ministries in this region. May God bless him abundantly as he continues to carry on his ministry in our region and model servant-leadership among us.

The Rev. Grubbs is honorary co-chair of DAWN (Disciples Advocacy and Witness Network) and a member of the Council of Governors of the Disciples Center for Public Witness. DAWN is a ministry in the Capital Area, and the Capital Area is a partner in the shared ministry of the Center.

. . . to the REV. DR. ALVIN JACKSON, former moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and former senior pastor at National City Christian Church. On yesterday he was installed as the Senior Minister of Park Avenue Christian Church in New York.

Dr. Jackson, who is a member of the leadership team of DJAN (Disciples Justice Action Network), is also a co-founder of the Disciples Center for Public Witness and a member of its Council of Governors.

. . . to DEANNA WHITE--now the Reverend Deanna White--on her ordination to the Christian ministry, which took place yesterday at Hilltop Christian Church in Mantua, Ohio.

The Rev. White, a student of Dr. Michael Kinnamon at Eden Seminary in St. Louis, MO, recently completed an internship for DJAN (Disciples Justice Action Network) at the Washington, DC, offices of the Disciples Center for Public Witness, where she served as an associate for congregational and young adult advocacy. While in the Capital Area, she was also an active participant in the life of United Christian Parish in Reston, Virginia, where one of the co-pastors is Joan Bell-Haynes.

Thursday, October 04, 2007


Interfaith Fast to End the War in Iraq

Leaders from many religious communities have urged Americans of all faiths to fast from dawn to dusk on Monday, October 8 to witness for a call for an end to the Iraq War.The Social Action Board of Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ is inviting people from the community to participate in this fast on Columbus Day, October 8th. Participants are encouraged to fast from dawn to dusk (just as Muslims fast during the month of Ramadan). Those who choose to fast should participate to a degree that is appropriate for their age and health condition. All are encouraged to drink fruit juice as needed.

At the end of the day participants will come together to for a short worship for peace at followed by breaking the fast together with a potluck. Many churches are suggesting that this potluck feature a variety of rice dishes, since rice is a basic staple food throughout the world. Other simple dishes are also welcome.

Please RSVP to Marti Weston via e-mail (, phone (703-241-0704) or in person.

Rock Spring is located at 5010 Little Falls Road, Arlington, VA 22207, at the corner of Rock Spring Road. Phone: (703)538-4886.

To learn more about the October 8th Day of Fast and Witness to End the War in Iraq, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

To read the press story about the national announcement of the Fast, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


GMP Calls for Override of President's Veto of Children's Health Care Bill

Yesterday, GMP Sharon Watkins joined other religious leaders at the Capitol to call on the Congress to override the President's promised veto of the bipartisan bill to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), a bill that would continue and expand coverage to some of the more than 9 million uninsured children in our nation. To read Dr. Watkins' statement, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

In connection with this press conference, Jim Wallis of Sojourners issued an Open Letter to President Bush. To read that letter, PLEASE CLICK HERE.


Tuesday, October 02, 2007


Health Care for All Children: TAKE ACTION NOW!

Over the past ten years, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) has been effective at reducing the number of uninsured children. However, the number of uninsured children is on the rise — there are one million more uninsured children today than there were two years ago — and there are more than nine million uninsured children in America today. That means millions of children in America are not getting the care they need to lead healthy, happy, and productive lives.

In response to this situation, a majority of both Houses of Congress voted in favor of H.R. 976, a reauthorization of SCHIP. But President Bush has promised to veto the bill and that veto is expected soon [probably today]. This means that the House and the Senate will need to override the President's veto in order for this important and much-needed bipartisan bill to become law.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATORS and REPRESENTATIVE TODAY and urge them to override the President's veto when it happens.

You can reach your Senators and Representatives by calling the Capital Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or toll-free at 1-800-361-5222 (90001).

You can find out how to email or fax your Senators and Representative at

To write an email to your Senators or Representative, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

To read the recent General Assembly's resolution on children's health care, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

To read and support a pastoral letter on children's health care from our General Minister and President, PLEASE CLICK HERE. Also: Please download and distribute this important document to your congregation and colleagues.