“As members of the Christian Church, we confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world. In Christ’s name and by his grace, we accept our mission of witness and service to all people.
We rejoice in God, maker of heaven and earth, and in the covenant of love which binds us to God and one another. Through baptism into Christ, we enter into newness of life and are made one with the whole people of God. In the communion of the Holy Spirit we are joined together in discipleship and in obedience to Christ.
Within the universal church we receive the gift of ministry and the light of scripture. In the bonds of Christian faith we yield ourselves to God that we may serve the One whose kingdom has no end.

Blessing, glory and honor be to God forever, Amen.”
*Preamble to The Design for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Read the New Year’s greeting from our General Minister and President, 
          Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins

Winter Convocation : January 24-26, 2017

St Benedict Center, Schuyler, NE

“When to Say No . . .” 

(Pastoral Ethics in regards to Pastoral Care functions:  Funerals, Preaching Weddings, Contracts {family, vacation, sabbaticals & spirituality, continuing education and Retirement.)

George Flanagan  Speaker: Rev. Dr. George Flanagan

Dr. George Flanagan is an ordained minister with standing in the Greater Kansas City Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). One of a cadre of intentional interim ministers in the Region, he served the last five years as Transitional Senior Minister of Red Bridge Christian Church in Kansas City. He currently serves on the Region’s Ordination and Standing Commission and is chair of the Council on Professional Ethics.

Dr. Flanagan was a healthcare chaplain for twenty-five years, retiring from the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2009. In 1994, he was the recipient of the national Secretary’s (of Veterans Affairs) Award for Chaplaincy. He served most of those years as member or chair of the hospital ethics committee and was named the first Integrated Ethics Officer of the medical center. He also served as the medical center’s Chief of Education, coordinating education for employees as well as professional students, interns and residents. After retiring from VA, he served as Program Associate for Clinical and Organizational Ethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City. He was named a Fellow of the Center in 2014 and continues to conduct special projects for the Center as well as provide education and consultation to hospital ethics committees. He is currently a member of the clinical ethics committees at Truman Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital, both of Kansas City. He serves as adjunct faculty for healthcare ethics at Rockhurst University and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. His professional life began as a speech teacher and debate coach at Lee’s Summit High School and then William Jewell College.

A native of Independence, Missouri, Dr. Flanagan has never gone far from home. He and his wife Lyndia have lived in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, most of their married life. They have two adult children and two granddaughters. In his leisure, he strums guitar and sings traditional folk and gospel music and plays golf as often as he can. For many years, while VA chaplain and since retirement, he has provided weekly music therapy for patients on the mental health unit at the Kansas City VA. He is a graduate of William Jewell College (BA), the University of Central Missouri (MA), and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. & D.Min.).

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Week of the Laity January 29 – February 4

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