Promoting a passion for justice within our church and churches.

Providing prophetic Disciples leadership to ecumenical and interfaith coalitions.

Working with other people of faith and conscience to build the Beloved Community envisioned by Dr. King.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Thank You, Terri! (Sign the Statement Today)



Support our GMP's ongoing engagement in justice action.
Thank her for her prophetic public witness!
Let her know how much you appreciate her leadership and passion for justice.

Note:  This effort does not constitute an endorsement of DJAN and all of its prophetic positions by our GMP or our overall church.  This is a statement of support by DJAN and those who sign it of Terri's prophetic public witness through bold justice action.  So please add your name today!

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Thank you, Terri!








Given the many challenges that currently confront both our church and our society, we need strong church leadership that is committed to justice advocacy.  That’s why we are so richly blessed to have The Rev. Teresa (Terri) Hord Owens as our General Minister and President.  Like so many others in our denomination, we praise God for her strong leadership, for her pastor's heart, and for her obvious passion for justice.  Her vision and commitment and strong prophetic public witness make all of us proud to be members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)!

Her vision has been articulated in the many sermons and speeches she has given across the life of the church.  Her values are well-known because of her strong support for such movements and events as MLK 50ACT Now: Unite to End Racism, and the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.  And her commitment is evident in her justice action--including being arrested for her involvement in nonviolent direct action on behalf of "the least of these."

Please join us in expressing our gratitude to Terri for her passion for justice and for her willingness to take action to express this passion.  Join us as we pray for her and encourage her to continue, in word and deed, to promote a compelling vision of true community in both church and society.

Please sign this statement of gratitude thanking our GMP for all that she does to lead us in the ways of peace and justice so that, together, we might make our churches, our two nations (Canada and the United States), and our world more closely resemble the reign of God.

This statement, with your signature and that of many others, will be presented to Terri by DJAN leadership on behalf of all justice-seeking Disciples of Christ.  Please sign it today and share it with others!



Thanks and many blessings!
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Monday, July 30, 2018

DJAN: Monday Meditation


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2 Samuel 11: 1 - 12:12
Psalm 14
John 6: 1-21

Our religious and political leaders cannot walk on water. Nor can they immediately get us to where we want to go. But they can and should feed the hungry, both physically and spiritually.

Physical needs can be met both by the social outreach of our churches (and other communities of faith) and by public policies developed and enacted by our elected officials. Spiritual needs can be met both by the liberating proclamation of our churches and by the ethical vision of our political leaders. Only those religious and political leaders that meet these needs contribute in a positive way to our shared efforts to build the Beloved Community—a community that, from a Christian perspective, is an earthly approximation of the reign of God announced by the One who walks on water.

Thus, when it comes to meeting the needs of people hungering for aid and justice, religious and political leaders can and should try to work together for the common good. But, when political leaders, like King David, abuse their power and then try to cover it up, and/or when they “devour my people as if eating bread," the Church is called to be like Nathan: we must take a prophetic stance and boldly speak truth to power.

Painting: Walking on the Water by Julius Sergius von Klever.

Please renew your membership or make a special contribution today:  
DJAN, PO Box 35887, Tulsa, OK  74153

Sunday, July 22, 2018

DJAN Leaders/Activists receive Activist Awards


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DJAN Leaders Receive Activist Awards


DJAN leader/activists Rev. Sekinah Hamlin and her spouse Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr., last night received Liberation Awards for their work in bringing about greater justice for African Americans and other oppressed and marginalized people. The awards were given by the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Sekinah is on the DJAN Leadership Team and Jack is DJAN Co-President. Congratulations to both of them! And thanks be to God for their prophetic public witness through justice action!

Please renew your membership or make a special contribution today:  
DJAN, PO Box 35887, Tulsa, OK  74153

Saturday, July 21, 2018

DJAN/Reconciliation Workshop at National Convocation 2018

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Below: photos from the successful and well-attended DJAN/Reconciliation Ministry workshop at the 25th Biennial Session of the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Theme: "Chaos or Community: Where Do We Go From Here?"

Presenters: April Johnson, director of Reconciliation Ministry; Jack Sullivan, Jr., Co-President of DJAN; and Ken Brooker Langston, Director of DJAN.




Please renew your membership or make a special contribution today:  
DJAN, PO Box 35887, Tulsa, OK  74153

Friday, July 20, 2018

DJAN: 2016 and 2018 Convocations

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THROWBACK THURSDAY:


2016: Convocation Administrative Secretary Dr. Timothy James and Rev. Dietra Baker Wise (now with the National Benevolent Association) present at a DJAN workshop at the 2016 Biennial Session of the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

2018:
We're looking forward to our DJAN/Reconciliation Ministry workshop tomorrow at 2 pm in the Berkshire Room: "Chaos or Community: Where Do We Go from Here?"  Presenters:  DJAN Co-President Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr., Reconciliation Ministry Director Rev. April Johnson, and DJAN Director Rev. Dr. Ken Brooker Langston.


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DJAN, PO Box 35887, Tulsa, OK  74153

Monday, July 16, 2018

DJAN Activist Spotlight: William Blue Eagle McCutchen


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DJAN Activist Spotlight



This week the DJAN activist spotlight is on The Rev. William N. (Bill) Blue Eagle McCutchen, a Citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, a Disciples minister, and a member of the DJAN Decisions Team.  

Over the last 46 years Blue Eagle has served in a variety of ministries, including being a youth minister, a local church pastor, a member of regional staff, a hospital chaplain, and a new church planter.  He is an experienced business owner, substance abuse counselor, and former prison chaplain in the Florida Department of Corrections. He was one of two senior-chaplains to form the nation’s first faith and character-based prison. Blue Eagle was recognized by the Council for American Indian Ministry of the United Church of Christ for the enhancement and enrichment of American Indian Ministry.   

Since 2005, Blue Eagle has advocated for indigenous justice in the church.  Since retirement in about 2014, He has been working with Yakama Christian Mission to provide education about the Christian Doctrine of Discovery via five annual  Winter Talks. He worked with the YCM Council to pass a General Assembly resolution to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery in 2017.

Through his volunteer ministry, Blue Eagle Wellbriety Ministries, he has been  a volunteer Native American spirituality leader at Rose Rock Recovery Center in Vinita, OK,  Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft, OK and Grand Nation, Inc. in Vinita, OK.  Blue Eagle is a certified Firestarter (facilitator) with White Bison, Inc. He has  been certified as a trainer with White Bison, Inc. for Mending Broken Hearts (Intergenerational Trauma).  

He has gone to Standing Rock to support the water protectors as well as rallies in Tulsa, OK, and Washington, DC.

He is married to The Rev. Marty Stone McCutchen, an activist for indigenous justice and an advocate for an anti-racist/pro-reconciling church.  They live in Pryor, OK.

Please renew your membership or make a special contribution today:  
DJAN, PO Box 35887, Tulsa, OK  74153