National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ

Called To Care eNewsletter
August 2020 Edition

Voting Rights and the US Elections -- Panel Webinar on August 26, 2020

Know Your Rights and Take Action!

Join us Wed. Aug 26 to learn from our panel of experts about how faith communities can take action on voting rights.

Many citizens struggle to exercise their right to vote due to voter registration restrictions, voter purges, felony disenfranchisement, and voter ID laws. To address these issues, congregations are getting involved in their communities to combat voter suppression and to ensure everyone is able to vote this fall. In addition, NBA will offer our forthcoming "Voting Rights & Registration Resource for Faith Communities," a 40+ page toolkit, to those who register.

SENT 2020 Presenters

Meet our SENT 2020 Presenters

Each year, NBA's Incubate initiative hosts the SENT Seminar. This seminar equips Social ENTrepreneurs with the tools they need to run successful nonprofit organizations and other social enterprises. The three-day seminar will be held  September 16–18 and is designed for Disciples-affiliated leaders and leadership teams who are starting new health and social services ministries. Meet the 2020 speakers and register for SENT by Sept 2nd!

Singleness, COVID-19 and Sheltering in Place

by Rev. Dr. Christina Hicks, Minister and Pastoral Counselor

I’m a single 54-year-old African American Christian woman living in a very confusing, fearful, and challenging pandemic. As a person who lives alone, I’m forced to navigate my life, time, emotions and resources in a completely different way. Read More >>

 Joy Lynn Richardson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Helping Children Process Emotionally Difficult Topics

by Joy Lynn Richardson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Mass shootings. Racism. COVID-19. School intruder drills. Sexual assault. These crises bring up big emotions of fear, anxiety, grief, and anger, and it is important to recognize the impact they have on our individual and collective emotional well-being. Read More >>

Managing Anxiety Amid a Pandemic

by Jill Frame, Masters of Divinity student at Earlham School of Religion

Our relationship with anxiety matters. When it creates chronic worry, restlessness, insomnia, tense muscles, irritability, and feelings of dread, anxiety becomes our internal monster. When this happens, it is natural that we want to defeat it. Read More>>

 Rev. Amie Vanderford, The LabOratory Church

Becoming a Trauma-Informed Church

by Rev. Amie Vanderford, The LabOratory Church

When my husband and I dreamed of starting a Trauma-Informed Church, we could not have anticipated a global pandemic. We saw the need for this type of church because of our own experiences being excluded or harmed in establishment churches. Read More >>

COVID-19 NBA Response Grant Recipients Care for Their Communities

Recipients of COVID-19 NBA Response Grants are sending stories of how they used their grant funds. A wide variety of Disciples ministries are working to serve food, provide shelter, and offer spiritual comfort during the pandemic. Here are a few of their stories:

Not one, but two grant opportunities!

Eligible Disciples health & social service projects are invited to apply to both programs.

NBA’s Mission & Ministry Grants program utilizes purpose-restricted funds to provide funding for projects serving older adults or educating at-risk youth and young adults. Eligible Disciples health and social service projects and ministries in the U.S. and Canada by September 1, 2020.

The COVID-19 NBA Response Grant program has received additional funding to aid those in need during the pandemic. Response Grants are open to projects and ministries that are experiencing adverse effects related to COVID-19 and serve older adults or at-risk youth.

Compassion. Healing. Justice.

Throughout our over 135 year history, the NBA has accompanied Disciples in creating justice, healing, and compassion for all of humanity. Your generous donations help the NBA offer resources, support, and companionship to Disciples health and social service ministries. Make a gift to NBA today to help sustain our efforts in these challenging times.

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