The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a wonderfully diverse community of believers. We are held together by our desire to follow Jesus, and by our common gathering at the Table at his request. Recently, our General Board made a decision to move the 2017 General Assembly from Indianapolis. This decision was based on a number of factors related to a RFRA law passed by the State of Indiana. The number one concern was for our members, specifically our LGBT members. Each member of the body of Christ is valued, wanted, loved. None of us is beyond the care of our Creator. . . no matter who we are or what we have done.
The RFRA law in Indiana has since been amended and protections for all of Indiana’s citizens/visitors has been guaranteed. The General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) gathers in Kansas City April 11-14. It will revisit the decision to move the 2017 Assembly.
In the world of Christianity, Disciples are a drop in the bucket. In the world, we are a tear drop in the ocean. Our sphere of influence won’t gain us a lot of attention as “movers and shakers” in the shark tank. But, in this case we lent a voice, others came lent their voices, and others came along side, and others. This story is not about how mighty we are, but how change can happen when we use the influence we have on behalf of the common gathering Table.
Rev. Dr. Teresa Dulyea-Parker