Sunday, July 13, 2008


Congratulations to Pastor Laura!

Congratulations to Rev. Laura Hamm Peterson on her installation and commissioning today as Settled Senior Pastor of Heritage Christian Church in Silver Spring, MD. Laura is the daughter of Richard Hamm, former General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and current Executive Administrator of Christian Churches Together. She received her Masters of Theology from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and her Masters of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Shortly after marrying Mark Peterson (May 18, 2007), Laura moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland (June 2007), and accepted a call to serve as interim minister at Heritage. Let us join the congregation in celebrating Pastor Laura's commissioning as its new senior pastor, and pray God's blessings on her new ministry as a leader of the team of leaders of the diverse ministries at Heritage Christian Church.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Maryland's Death Penalty Commission Begins Its Work

Earlier this year, the Maryland General Assembly created a 23-member commission to study all aspects of capital punishment in the state and to report on its findings and recommendations by December 15. The Commission was officially appointed on today and will hold a series of public hearings in July, August and September.

To learn more about the Commission and the efforts by people of faith and other citizens to abolish the death penalty, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

To read Sense-of-the-Assembly Resolution 0324 ("On the Death Penalty), adopted by the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) meeting in Charlotte on October 17 - 21, 2003, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

The Maryland Interfaith Legislative Committee (MILC), with strong support from its members from diverse denominations and communities of faith, actively opposes the death penalty.

To read a letter from religious leaders opposing the death penalty, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Friday, July 04, 2008



The Disciples Advocacy and Witness Network of the Christian Church Capital Area wishes you, your family, your friends and all your loved ones a very Happy Fourth of July!

May the blessings of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" soon be shared more fully and equally by all Americans.

To read "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" by Frederick Douglass, PLEASE CLICK HERE.