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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Disciples News for December 2020

Perhaps it's an odd way to close out the year here, but there were some items from the December 2020 Disciples News that I thought worth sharing.

The first item is that the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has a new way to gather reporting for their Yearbook. This tradition of publishing an annual book of reports from denominational agencies, regions, and congregations goes back to before the restructure that made the group a formal denomination in the traditional sense. Previously they had been a collection of churches gathered around common points of theology, but without a national or regional ministry structure. The Yearbook was an essential part of keeping everyone connected, and it continues to benefit the denomination today. Obviously it isn't the only denomination to keep records, but this holds a special place in that faith tradition. I hope the new system, likely named after Alexander Campbell, helps keep the practice going.

Next up is a piece I'm taking directly from the email newsletter. It's important to know that this opportunity is open to people who are not members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as well.

Disciples Peace Fellowship accepting intern applications

Disciples Peace Fellowship is now accepting applications for our 2021 Peace Interns! This 12-week, paid internship allows young adults to live out the Gospel imperative for peace and justice by working with camps and conferences, partnering with Disciples Justice ministries, teaming up with ecumenical and interfaith peace movements, and advocating for peace for justice. 
Information about this life-changing summer internship, the application process and all online application materials can be found at All applications and references must be completed and submitted by Jan. 31, 2021. 
If you have any questions about the internship or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact DPF's Mission Director, Rev. Brian Frederick-Gray, at

Finally, there's word the print journal 'Discipliana' is transitioning into an online format as the 'Journal of Discipliana.' With the cost of printing and shipping, it makes sense to me that they'd go this direction.

Journal of Discipliana to launch next month

Disciples of Christ Historical Society announces the launch in January 2021 of the Journal of Discipliana, an online only, open access, peer-reviewed journal for original scholarship that explores issues related to all aspects of thought and religious life and practice within the historical or contemporary Stone-Campbell Movement.

The Journal of Discipliana continues the legacy of the quarterly print periodical Discipliana, which suspended publication in 2014. Manuscripts may be submitted in Microsoft Word to Dr.Marc Toulouse at .

How this journal compares and contrasts with the Stone-Campbell Journal is something I intend to find out.