Tuesday, July 18, 2017

First Black female leader elected by Disciples of Christ

The Disciples of Christ have elected Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, an African American, to be their president. Although other mainline protestant denominations, including the Episcopal Church, have elected African American men, Hord Owens will be the first African American woman to lead a mainline protestant denomination on the national level. She was elected by an overwhelming vote and then consecrated at the biennial General Assembly, held this year in Indianapolis. Cherilyn Williams, spokeswoman for the Disciples of Christ’s Office of General Minister and President, said “there was no opposition stated in the business session where she was elected and the social media has been overwhelmingly positive.”. The DoC are predominantly white, but have a history of inclusiveness and diversity, with African Americans being active in the denomination since the 19th century.

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