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The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana and Reconciliation Ministry of the General Church welcomes Minister Bere Gil Soto to our staff as Reconciliation Program                                                                 Minister.

This collaborative staffing agreement between the General and Regional expression of the Church emerged out of a recognition of renewed conversations about issues of systemic racism and its local and national implications.  As we seek to jointly address resourcing congregations and leaders for contextual and effective mission, we are very grateful for the gifts, graces and passions for reconciliation that Minister Gil Soto brings to this call of the Church.

Born and raised in Central Mexico, in the beautiful town of San Luis Potosí, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí. Since early in her life, Bere has been passionate about social justice issues, learning from her mother who worked hard and relentlessly to demand equal rights for people with disabilities. As a lifelong member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), she was involved in many roles of the Church in Mexico; from choir member, Sunday school teacher, VBS Director, worship leader and youth minister in the local church, to Secretary of National Board of Youth Ministries, as well as Moderator of the National Assembly.

Bere came to Indianapolis in 2012 to pursue a dual degree at Christian Theological Seminary, graduating in December 2016 with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy.  She has served the Church in numerous capacities including as a member of the planning team for the 175th Indiana Regional Assembly, and served her Field Education as student Pastor at Casa del Alfarero, as well as Reconciliation Ministry Student Intern. “My passion resides in people’s stories and the beauty and power that come out of them. At the end of it all, we are all part of God’s creative story!” She currently serves as Minister of Worship for Iglesia Hermandad Cristiana (Discípulos de Cristo) in Indianapolis.

In her new role, Bere will complete the implementation of the Region’s RECONciliation Tour project, coordinate and direct reconciliation educational programming for both expressions of the Church with specific focus on regional camp and conference and clergy anti-racism education program.  In her role with General Reconciliation she will manage communications and the congregation-based community organizing (CBCO) network database.

This position is co-located in both the Indiana Regional Office and the Disciples Center where Bere will be accompanied by supportive colleagues who share in the Church’s commitment to our identity as a Pro-Reconciling and Anti-Racist Church – faithful, growing and serving our members with a passion for justice.  Please join us in welcoming Minister Bere Gil Soto to this new call and collaborative ministry.

General Assembly is coming back to Indianapolis!

Help us welcome Disciples to Indiana in July by volunteering and registering!

Save on your registration by volunteering to help host the Assembly. As many as 1,000 volunteers are needed to assist with various aspects of the Assembly. Sign up to help via the following link: Volunteer Sign-Up and then contact Amelia Walker, awalker@cts.edu, to request a code to register for the discounted price of $125.

Here are the areas that need volunteers below. Sign up today!

  • 8 people to serve on the Local Transportation committee. This involves sitting at the Transportation booth in the Convention Center; Scheduling and coordinating bus and van transportation for Assembly work trips, off-site venues and volunteer shuttling.
  • 6 people for each pre-school session. (Sunday 1:30-5:00; Monday-Wednesday 8:30-12:00; Monday-Wednesday 1:00-5:00; Saturday-Wednesday 7:00PM-9:00PM). Volunteers must be 18 or older.  Volunteers can be individuals or a volunteer group willing to cover an entire session.
  • 130 more people to help serve communion during Assembly services. Communion will be served on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday worship services.
  • Outreach Mission activity needs 4 committee members that will oversee the Mission sites and serve as liaisons for out of state volunteers. Also, volunteers to man the Mission booth for one hour shifts (Sat,Mon,Tues 9:00-6:00; Sun 1-6; Wed 8:00-1:00).
  • 25 more Ushers. Ushers must be seminary/divinity school, college, or a current XPLOR resident.  Ushers are paid $25 for each business session they serve during the Assembly.
  • 10 people to serve on the Hospitality & Security activity. The people walk around the common areas of the convention center welcoming people and answering basic questions.  Others check for registration badges for those entering the exhibit hall.
  • 10 people to work with the Elementary age program using the Global Ministries Middle East curriculum. This will happen Sunday afternoon, and Monday through Wednesday mornings.  Much like a Vacation Bible School.
  • 10 persons to assist with field trips for Elementary age children on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons to venues like the zoo, Children’s Museum, and Conner Prairie.
  • 20 persons to work with Chi Rho (middle school) programming. 10 for the mornings, Monday-Wednesday, and 10 for the afternoon.
  • Many singers for the All-Assembly Choir who will lead worship on Wednesday eveningThey will rehearse on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.
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“FLOURISH!” That is our desire for every clergy person serving the Christian Church in Indiana. Yet financial challenges often limit our ability to do so. A generous grant from the Lilly Endowment has charged us with alleviating some of the economic challenges that clergy and congregations face.

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The Christian Church in Indiana has been proud to support our local congregations who have resettled refugees from around the world in years past. As this vital ministry is being threatened by government action, we, the Regional Board, feel the need to speak out, to offer our voices against new policies that go against our country’s tradition of providing protection to people seeking safety.

Disciples throughout the United States have served over 40,000 refugees since World War II. Although we pray for the day when all violence comes to an end, we hope to continue doing this important part of our ministry, of living out God’s call to welcome the stranger who is need, a call deeply rooted in our scripture and our history.

By halting refugee resettlement for 120 days, refugee processing has ground to a halt. Each step of the refugee security check process is time sensitive, so a pause in processing has meant that refugees are pulled off of planes, families who are anticipating their loved ones are devastated, and communities that have planned for refugees to arrive are left in limbo. Such an interruption in processing will force refugees who were set to arrive in the United States today to wait months–and even years–to go through fingerprinting, interviews, health screenings, and multiple security screenings yet again, all while their lives are in danger.

By reducing refugee admissions from 110,000 to 50,000, President Trump, with the support of some members of Congress, is going back on America’s promise to refugees and abdicating America’s leadership role on human rights and refugee protection. By stopping the resettlement of Syrian refugees and narrowly preferencing religious minorities, this announcement is tantamount to the religious test that President Trump threatened during his campaign. This is a clear case of discrimination against the Muslim community and must be decried as such.

Many of our congregations have experienced the joy of growing through helping refugees. The Letter to the Hebrews tells us that by showing hospitality, “some have entertained angels without knowing it.” We hope that our leaders will reconsider their decisions, so that we may continue to welcome new angels, new neighbors, and new citizens of the United States.

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