News & Events
Rev. Jenny Crosswhite Graduates from Santa Paula "Police Clergy Academy"
Crosswhite said the academy “Was a really great experience...I didn’t really know an awful lot about police policy and procedures,how officers make decisions on use of force and what level of force, how K-9s are paired with handlers,” as well as death notifications and homicide investigations, among other subjects.
“I found it helpful and fascinating,” to learn of issues and actions from the side of law enforcement.
Over the course of the nine-week academy, Rev. Crosswhite was among four church leaders who attended two- and three-hour-sessions taught by SPPD personnel including patrol procedures, death notifications and media relations, less lethal training, detectives, homicide/crime scene investigations, use of force, and the Special Response Team.
DSF Student Preaches at CST Chapel
Nora Jacob preached at CST chapel, Dec 3, on "Kiting Emmanuel." The service featured an interpretive dance by Rev. Jenny Crosswhite (Pastor of First Christian Church of Santa Paula and DSF staff) and Rev. Michelle Harris-Gloyer (Transitional Associate Pastor at First Christian Church of Orange, and a DSF alumna from PSR). Current DSF students Caroline Hamilton-Arnold and Al Lopez also participated in the service. CST is now placing all chapel services on the web, and Nora Jacob's service can be viewed at the link below:
Disciples Women present drama at
World Council of Churches
By Rev. Sheila Spencer, director for Christian Education/Faith Formation and assistant to the president, Disciples Home Missions
Rev. Young Lan Kim has always believed that her plays were created not only for entertainment, but as opportunities for education and enlightenment. One of her productions, "Can You Hear Me Now?" premiered at the 2010 Quadrennial Assembly in Greensboro, N.C. The play addressed the issue of human trafficking through the transparent stories of several women who have been victimized. The raw, powerful performance and audience reaction played a part in International Disciples Women's Ministries' leadership's decision to continue to keep human trafficking as their social action focus through 2014. Many shared that the play opened up their eyes to human trafficking.
Years later, the play continues to open up the eyes of audiences from all over the world to this injustice. Read More
DSF Student named Executive Director of PCU
Timothy Murphy, one of our DSF students, has just been named as the executive director of Progressive Christians Uniting. PCU is a southern California network of individuals and congregations applying Christian social justice to realities of contemporary society. Timothy completes his Ph.D. degree at Claremont Lincoln University in December, and will begin at PCU in January. Congratulations, Timothy!
Rev. Murphy holds ordination in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ. He earned his M-Div. at Eden Seminary in St. Louis and worked as a student pastor at an inner city church there. While in seminary he also worked as a student chaplain in an AIDS residential facility in St. Louis and later at a homeless shelter in Texas. Prior to beginning his Ph.D. program in Claremont, Rev. Murphy served for three years as Minister for Youth and Social Justice at the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, where he represented that well-known activist congregation in the leadership of important San Diego County organizations that support low-wage workers and promote immigrant rights. While studying in Claremont, Rev. Murphy has worked part time with the Center for Process and Faith and with the Disciples Seminary Foundation, gaining important administrative and fundraising skills in both positions.
"My passion is guiding faith communities to more fully live out the mission of being witnesses to Christ's peace with justice," said Rev. Murphy in accepting the appointment to lead PCU. "I see the future of Christianity as modeling a spiritual social movement, and I see PCU's role as supporting congregations that seek to be part of that modeling."
DSF's September Newsletter Features Guest Authors
Following presentations given at July's General Assembly, Walter Brueggemann reflects on the indispensibility of the Bible and Marjorie Suchocki meditates on community and divine omnipresence in DSF's September newsletter. Click the links above to access the full text of their articles.
Justin Floyd Joins Regional Ministry Team
The Pacific Southwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is excited to announce the addition of new staff to the Regional Ministry Team! DSF Student Justin Floyd will be overseeing Regional Young Adult Ministries beginning July 1.
Justin Floyd has been hired to create and support Young Adult ministries in the Pacific Southwest Region. Graduating from Claremont School of Theology in December, Justin will also continue to serve First Christian Church, North Hollywood as staff for youth. This new position is supported by a Arlington Legacy Vision Fund grant.
Please join us in welcoming and supporting Justin in his new ministry!
Starting July 1, Justin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(excerpted from PSWR E-Shout)