2 April, 2023

SCJ Conference Set for April 14-15 (Plus News Briefs)

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The 22nd annual Stone-Campbell Journal Conference is set for April 14-15 at Johnson University in Knoxville, Tenn. Register by March 13 to pay the lowest fees; here’s a link. (SCJ members are reminded to renew their memberships—if needed—before registering to avoid an upcharge.) 

The event’s theme is “Alexander Campbell and His Personal Relationships: Wife, African Americans, Friends, and Opponents.” 

Among the 30 presenters scheduled from all streams of the Restoration Movement are the following: Heather Gorman, Aaron Monts, Nathan Shedd, and David White (all of Johnson University); Stan Helton (Alberta Bible College); Kevin Larsen (Mid-Atlantic Christian University); John Nugent (Great Lakes Christian College); Leanna Rierson (Maritime Christian College); and J. Blair Wilgus (Hope International University).

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News Briefs

Team Expansion is reporting an urgent need in Turkey, ravaged by recent earthquakes. And the earthquakes “aren’t stopping in the country,” writes Doug Lucas, president of Team Expansion.

“Every day there are more earthquakes of at least a 5.0 magnitude in different cities.” One of the ministry’s aid teams was caught in a recent quake that originated close to their location. The very cold weather is exasperating the situation, as people whose homes were destroyed need shelter.  
Aid teams continue to distribute food, clothes, blankets, and stoves to villages in the region. And, says Lucas, “we continue to love as the Lord commanded us, not only with words . . . but with actions and in truth. We share in the suffering of the people [in] Turkey, mourning and weeping with them but also comforting them with our love.”

The situation in Turkey is rapidly developing, but they are in immediate need of at least 100 additional tents. Also, prayer is needed for the earthquakes to stop, more supplies, the workers, and more. Learn more and give at TeamExpansion.org.

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Ozark Christian College has planned its Branson (Mo.) Retreat for May 22 to 25. Speakers will include LeRoy Lawson, Matt Proctor, Matt Stafford, and Jim Dalrymple. The event at Chauteau on the Lake will include Bible teaching, renewing and building friendships, and finding rest. The event is especially designed for those 55 and older. Information is available at occ.edu.

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Central Christian College of the Bible will host the Shine Women’s Conference on April 13 at its campus in Moberly, Mo., and on April 15 at its location in St. Louis, Mo. Both gatherings will feature a message by Tina Wilson, who is responsible for communications and educational outreach at Ekklesia Christian Church in Conway, S.C. Cost is $25 ($15 for teens or alumni of CCCB, St. Louis Christian College, and Cincinnati Christian University). Learn more at cccb.edu.

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Jay Scott and Austin Seevers, both of Worthington (Ohio) Christian Church, will present “Transitions: Navigating Change for Effective Ministry” during a ministry workshop March 30 at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Ky. The event runs from 9 a.m. until mid-afternoon. Cost is $35, which includes a luncheon. Dr. Rob Shoaff, new dean of the Keeran School of Bible and Ministry, also will speak. Learn more and register at kcu.edu.

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The Friends of First Christian Church Architecture Fund at Heritage Fund says it has met all qualifications to secure a $500,000 challenge grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation; monies will go toward renovation of FCC’s iconic church tower in Columbus, Ind. Donors to Friends of First Christian Church raised $1.1 million, triggering the challenge match, according to localnewsdigital.com

“Save Our Tower” campaign project leader Jeff Logston said he expects work to begin on the 165-foot structure this month. The eight-month, $3.2 million project should be completed by November, the article said.

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The Disciples of Christ Historical Society has announced Dr. Timothy S. Lee as the next general editor of the Journal of Discipliana (JoD), a scholarly journal for the study of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the broader Stone-Campbell Movement. Dr. Lee most recently served as associate professor of the history of Christianity as well as director of the Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islander Church Studies Program with Brite Divinity School at Texas Christianity University.

Dr. Lee takes over editorial responsibilities for the journal from Dr. Mark Toulouse, who helped (re)launch JoD in 2021, revisioning Discipliana magazine, which was published from 1941 to 2014. JoD is now 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 Stone-Campbell Movement, whether historical or contemporary. Learn more about the journal and explore its volumes at the DCHS Digital Commons.

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The National Gathering of RENEW.org will take place April 25-26 at Traders Point Christian Church, Indianapolis. The theme is “Resilient: Standing Firm in a Hostile World.” For regular attendees, this marks a change in date and location from past gatherings. More information and registration access is available here.

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