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NBA Advocates to “Break the Chains” at 2015 Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Rev. Rebecca Hale, Mark Anderson, Rev. Monica Wedlock Kilpatrick   |   April 29, 2015

From April 17-20, representatives from the National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) came together with more than 1,000 fellow Christians in Washington, D.C. to advocate for “breaking the chains” of mass incarceration and systems of exploitation in our country. Here we offer some insight into the EAD experience via a brief Q&A with three NBA staff leaders.

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A Willingness for Fierce Conversations

Rev. Rebecca Hale   |   October 20, 2014

Integral to NBA’s mission to inspire and connect people and health and social service ministries across the life of the Disciples church, one of the ways that we are living into that mission is by incubating new and emerging projects, leaders, and non-profits for doing health and social service outreach and care in their local communities.

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A Heart for Care

Rev. Rebecca Hale, Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren, Rev. Bonnie Osei-Frimpong   |   August 25, 2014

As this year’s inaugural class of NBA XPLOR Residents gathered last week in St. Louis for XPLOR orientation, we were keenly aware of the events affecting the nearby community of Ferguson. The images of pain, violence and protest were the backdrop to our orientation.

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Call, Purpose, Vocation

Rev. Rebecca Hale   |   May 30, 2014

Rev. Rebecca Hale, NBA Vice President of Mission and Ministry, gave the spring 2014 Baccalaureate Message at Lynchburg College. Read more about "Call, Purpose, Vocation"! Congratulations 2014 graduates!!

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Field Report: On the Road with NBA XPLOR

Rev. Rebecca Hale   |   September 13, 2013

Crossing the country talking to Disciple congregations in the final decision making stage about being NBA XPLOR host sites is a rich and heartening way to spend time.

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Webinar: Building a Congregation-Based Mental Health Ministry

Webinar: Building a Congregation-Based Mental Health Ministry

April 26, 2018

Across the church, faith-filled Disciples are desiring to build mental health ministries in their local congregations. However, mental health and wellness is a broad, multilayered, and complex topic to address in the church. Often, passionate people are left feeling overwhelmed and unclear how to pull it off. Join us as our presenters share the practical realities of starting such a ministry, their discernment process, and what’s next on the journey!

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Ayanna Johnson Watkins

Director of the NBA Incubate Initiative

Chain Reaction Ministries provides freedom of transportation to those in need through a ministry of bicycle recycling.