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2022 State of the Region

Regional Assembly 2022
Regional Minister Rev. Pamela Holt

Saturday, April 30, 2022

(Video link below)

A Glorious Good Morning to you all! As I said last night, I am very pleased that we are celebrating this Assembly both in-person and online. Thank you for your presence as Disciples! Christ is Risen! Christ is risen, indeed!

I would like to offer our gratitude to Harvard Avenue Christian Church for their hosting of this 2022 Regional Assembly in their beautiful and sacred space. To their ministers, David Emery, and Kevin Howe, and Darlene Martinez, and to Marsha the building facilities manager, the other staff and all of the volunteers who have helped with registration and offered hospitality and to the tech team, to the pianist, to the HA choir . . . If you are here on behalf of HACC, could you please stand and let us thank you!

Every Assembly I am asked to share a story of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma. We are a part of the the body of Christ and the denomination in the US and Canada who are truly seeking healing and wholeness in a broken and fragmented world. I can, without a doubt, share with you today that the Oklahoma Region is strong, resilient, faithful, and vibrant. We have several measures . . . one is your presence here! Another measure is your ministry through through your congregation as you will see glimpses of in the photos! Another measure is your generous giving which Tom Stanley, our treasurer will share with you later! Let me share with you a few others!

The Region continues to have a strong and resilient, faithful and vibrant staff. I am honored and proud to do this ministry alongside Rev. Michael Davison, Ellen Spleth, Marla Hensley, and our newest employee, Carrie Cobbs. This team of very talented and very dedicated people work endless hours supporting the ministries of the Regional Church through a variety of technology. And I am so grateful. Just like you all, we have found new, creative ways of working together with you over the last two years!

The Regional Church also has a strong, resilient, and faithful Regional Executive Committee. This group of dedicated folks from around the Region have held the Regional Church together monthly for the last two years without meeting in-person one time, until today! This is the first time they have seen each other face to face!

Regional Church Board has also continued to meet by Zoom to make decisions concerning the Region and to carry on ministry in the midst of a pandemic and the many crises that have emerged from it. These folks have been steadfast and flexible in all that has come before them. We have worked together through a lot of life’s varied circumstances in some extraordinary ways which has revealed our strength, our resilience and our faithfulness as a Region. Thank you so much.

Realizing that many of our stories can be found on our website or our Regional Roundup Newsletter, I want to shine a flashlight or focus our attention on some, some of the ministries of the Region.

In the last two years, Commission on Clergy continued to provide oversight over all our clergy, retired and active, pastors and chaplains. Members of our Commission were trained to teach Healthy Boundaries online and we powered through several classes last fall and winter to catch up from a year of grace. The Commission on Clergy continued and continues to walk alongside twelve candidates for ordination and commissioned ministry. And, remarkably and beautifully, congregations in our midst ordained and commissioned Coy Remer, Cece Jones Davis, Kelsey Cobbs, Nancy Hodgkinson, and Karen Hess. New clergy have been called and installed all across our region. And, we have four clergy who have had babies in the last six months, one of those being here at Harvard Avenue. And we have two in our midst who presented their story in 2018 who are now engaged, Kelsey Cobbs & Colton Lott!

The Commission on Children, Youth & Young Adults have continued to have camp, safely, and we are very grateful to our leaders and our counselors who participated as we make safe space to nurture and shape young Disciples. We can report that in 2021, our region hosted in-person camps and there was not one case of COVID. International Affairs resumed this spring with six young men traveling to DC and NYC. And 80 children and adults came to the recent Day at the Zoo. Michael and his team are planning for a big camping season this summer. It is time to encourage parents to register their campers.

The Commission Faith in Action continues to be strong and courageous in its ministry with anti-racism training and with Caminante, our Global Mission Partner. While all travel with Global Ministries ceased, Caminante continues to raise dollars to support Caminante and its ministry. We are still connected. And, Faith in Action has just granted to congregations over $10,000 to some very wonderful and unique reconciliation ministries.

The Commission on Refugee & Immigration in the past two years has welcomed a Congolese family. They have provided all kinds of support with some congregational help and just this last week, this family was granted US Citizenship. Also, this commission is working ecumenically and continues to be resourceful for the many Afghan refugees who have entered Oklahoma. All the donations were sorted and moved from a mess of a collection place to now at New Covenant Christian Church in OKC.

A primary place where the Region is strong, resilient and faithful is you all . . . and your congregations. These last two years have been unbelievable and remarkable, full of sorrow and grief and transition as well as creative, beautiful, and exhausting! Thanks be to God for your pivot and your determination to continue to serve NO. MATTER. WHAT. As you can see from the photos, our congregations are reaching out to the vulnerable in their communities with resources and love.

The overall health of the region is good as are our congregations. Many of our 134 congregations are flourishing. Some are struggling. A few have made very difficult decisions to close their building, and create legacy ministries that will provide support for a variety of ministries in their communities, the region, the denomination, and the world. We keep hearing that the church is dying. That is just not true. People are dying. In the last two years, over one million people have died just from COVID. Brene Brown said in a recent podcast that studies have revealed that for every death, an average of seven people are affected with deep grief. If one million people have died in the last two years, that seven million people who are in deep grief. While this has certainly affected the church, I’d also say there are many people who need to experience deep and abiding love and a word of hope. Seems like that’s our department!

But enough looking back. We must also look ahead. David Emery said to me yesterday that “we, as the church must believe the church has a future before it can have one.” Let me say that again, because it is important as we look ahead. “We, as the church must believe the church has a future before it can have one.” I certainly believe the church has a future, but can we believe that? Is that part of OUR story? That we have a future? We just celebrated Easter ~ you know the story. Jesus died and was placed in the tomb. Early on that morning, the women and the disciples discovered he was gone — resurrected. This is part of OUR story. Do we believe it?

We believe in the past because we have experienced it. We are called to believe in the future which we cannot yet see.

Dr. Linda Hill, a Harvard researcher, a professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and the Chair of the Leadership Initiative, is regarded as one of the top experts on leadership and innovation. In her curiosity, she is discovering that the skills to lead innovation are different than the skills to lead change. She works on a large scale about becoming a digitally mature organization and in a recent interview with Brene Brown, she describes the difference between vision and innovation.

Here’s what she said: “when you are trying to do breakthrough innovation, you actually have no vision. You don’t know the answer. You can’t communicate it to anybody, and you can’t inspire to go there because you don’t actually know.” What you do have is a purpose and a purpose is different than a vision. A purpose is sort of why we’re going and what we’re trying to do together, it’s not where we’re going. So, you’ve got to be clear about your purpose and who you’re trying to serve or the problem you’re trying to solve and that’s very different from having a vision . . . when you look at leading innovation, it’s really about the fact that it’s not about individuals having aha moments, it’s about collaborations amongst people who have very different perspectives and you know how to do discovery-driven learning, so really what innovation or leading innovation is about is how do you get people to co-create the future with you, not follow you to the future. So that is a very different process.” Leading With Purpose in the Digital Age, Brene Brown podcast with Dr. Linda Hill, April 18, 2022.

Sounds interesting, right? Jesus did ask us to follow him to the cross, but . . . after resurrection the disciples had to be innovative.

The Region does not exist without you. And the way we serve the Lord best is when we do this work together. Food, shoes, meals, backpacks, school supplies, clothing, dollars, soup kitchens — everyone of those ministries is exactly in line with what we are called to do . . . to serve the most vulnerable in our communities. Maybe we are also called to be innovative . . . work collaboratively to listen carefully, still, to how God needs us. We are called to be compassionate and caring with the places in creation and in people’s lives who need healing and goodness and grace and love. We are called to re-imagine how we create and nurture and build communities that are just and fair, and how to come together to praise God for this wild and precious life. We know that there is not one way but a myriad of ways. What is important is that we work together creating a way for all to discover and experience the love and grace of God, creating a way for the most vulnerable to be safe and to find strength and courage in their own story to belong to a community that shares a remarkable and extraordinary story . . . the one that we know so well. And, we are still called to recognize people’s gifts and to help shape leaders who are called to do ministry in a variety of ways.

Before I sit down, I want to recognize and celebrate two new exciting ministries that are beginning in our Region.

Yale Avenue Christian Church is busy being innovative. In the last year, Rev. Andy Campbell has begin The Village Fosters. He became aware of the astounding numbers of foster children and families in Oklahoma and began to explore and collaborate with others about how to address this very vulnerable community with support, encouragement, education, and resources. Thus, The Village Fosters begins.

Rev. Sei Touthang, also a minister at Yale Avenue, is beginning the LOVE ministry with children of Refugees, another very vulnerable community in the Tulsa area. This ministry provides support and resources specifically for refugee children to help them be better prepared for the dramatic culture shift and to be equipped to be successful in school.

Both saw a need in the community — the most vulnerable and begin to imagine and collaborate with others on how the church and its people could support, equip and empower these families. The Region has produce podcasts on the Village Fosters and we soon will have one for LOVE and you can certainly visit the websites for both of these ministries.

I am deeply grateful and very pleased to serve as your Regional Minister alongside Michael Davison. We do this work with joy and love of each and all of you. Thank you for being a part of the covenant that we share in this work together. We are strong. Sometimes we are vulnerable, but we are also courageous. We are scarred but so resilient. We are not perfect but we are faithful and resourceful. In all of life’s circumstances!

2022 State of the Region Address
Regional Minister Rev. Pamela Holt

Business and Worship
Brief business of the Assembly and different voices around the Region lead the Assembly in worship and sermon by Rev. Cynthia Hale.

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Update from OK RIM

Welcome Kasongo Family to the USA!

The Commission on Refugees & Immigrant Ministries is celebrating their first family asylum!

In October of 2018, the Regional Church Board approved the Commission on Refugees and Immigration, a much needed ministry in Oklahoma. Rev. Mary Heath chairs this commission. The mission of this commission is to offer hospitality to immigrants, provide refugee resettlement assistance to refugees, strengthen relationships of solidarity and advocacy with refugees and immigrants, and seek justice for farm workers. This commission works closely with the National Refugee & Immigration Ministries for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

In 2021, the OK RIM Commission adopted a refugee family from the Congo. At the time, this family of four were determined as ineligible for any state or federal benefits. The family had no resources for food, electricity, phone, rent, medical, non-food items, or access to work. Several Disciples congregations have provided generous financial support for this family while they waited for asylum.

On March 18, 2022 the application for asylum for the Kasongo family was granted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services!

Thank you to all who helped support and care for this wonderful, new American family! They are truly grateful to Disciples who made their dream of a new home a reality! Thanks be to God!

RIM Afghan Update

The sorting project for Afghan neighbors has ended at the Oklahoma Disciples Foundation building. Thank you to Eric Gray and ODF for the use of the suite!

We are looking at a new donation and sorting location, so be sure to look for this information coming soon.

Thank you to those who helped sort donations so far! It was a joy to work with you and get to know you. And, it was an amazing experience to view and care for the absolutely beautiful traditional dress of Muslim women.

Here are just a few of those beautiful ensembles.

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2022 Regional Assembly Registration Opens

Registration for 2022 Regional Assembly is now open. Whether you’re excited to gather with us in person at Harvard Avenue Christian Church, Tulsa, or join us via live stream, please register and be in fellowship with your Oklahoma Disciples!

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Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale – Guest Preacher

Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale is the founder and Senior Pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia. A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Dr. Hale received a Bachelor of Arts in music from Hollins University; a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary. She holds five honorary Doctorates of Divinity and an honorary Doctor of Law degree.

As a woman of vision, Dr. Hale is revered worldwide for her leadership, integrity, and compassion. Her vision and leadership led her to establish two ministries; Elah Pastoral Ministries, Inc. and the Women in Ministry Conference, Inc. Elah is a mentoring program to assist in the spiritual and practical development of pastors and para-church leaders and the Women in Ministry Conference is a premiere national conference with a focused mission to develop, coach, and mentor Christian women in ministry for the 21st Century.

As a recipient of numerous honors and recognitions, Dr. Hale was inducted into the African American Biographies Hall of Fame, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College, and the Atlanta Business League Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a recipient of the National Urban League’s “Women of Power” award, the Preston Taylor Living Legacy Award, the Balm in Gilead Keeper of the Flame Award, and she was recognized on Ebony Magazine’s “Power 100” list as one of the nation’s most influential African American leaders. In 2009, Dr. Hale was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. She also served as a member of the 2016 Platform Committee for the Democratic National Convention and delivered the Invocation at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Dr. Hale is a contributing writer for many books and publications including, Power in the Pulpit II: How America’s Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons and the preaching resource series, Feasting on the Gospels. In January 2010, she authored her first book entitled, I’m A Piece of Work: Sisters Shaped by God.

Dr. Hale presently serves as the Chairperson of the IC3 Conference Board, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Beulah Heights University, the Vice President for the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference, a member of the Board of Visitors of the Divinity School at Duke University, a member of the Board of Trustees at Hollins University, a member of the UNCF NFI Advisory Council and a member of the Welcome.US Council.

Dr. Hale is an active Lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She currently serves as the Co-Chairperson of the International Spiritual Oversight Committee and Chairperson of the Membership Committee of her local chapter, Nu Lambda Omega Chapter.

During her 42 years of ministry, her ministerial gift has drawn thousands, young and old, to witness the anointing of a woman totally sold out for the Kingdom of God.

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Rev. Rebecca Anderson – Storytelling Workshops

Rev. Rebecca Anderson is co-pastor of Gilead Church Chicago and is ordained in The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She has a Masters in Divinity from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Playwriting from Hampshire College (Amherst, MA).

Rebecca’s been on Snap Judgment (radio), and podcasts including The Broad Experience and Broccoli & Ice Cream. Active in the Chicago storytelling scene, she’s performed with events like RISK!, 2nd Story, The Moth, and This Much is True. As a comic (back in the day), she was featured in The Boston Globe and The Christian Century.

Rebecca has developed and teaches workshops designed to grow the practice of story-telling and foster interpersonal connection (more at EarshotStories.com). She also hosts potlucks, plants gardens, and knows the best places to pick juneberries.

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Greenwood Rising Museum Tour

Regional Assembly participants are encouraged to experience a Pro-Reconciliation Anti-Racism educational event at Greenwood Rising Friday afternoon. It will include a free 90-minute tour followed by a 45-minute conversation with Greenwood Rising Interim Executive Director Phil Armstrong, who is also the chairman of the board of the Greenwood Cultural Center and previously head of the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission.

Participants are asked to meet for the 12:30 pm tour at Greenwood Rising, 23 N. Greenwood Ave., Tulsa. Please identify yourself as a member of the group associated with the Oklahoma Regional Assembly, Rev. Kevin Howe event coordinator.

All participants are required to wear masks and required to have a temperature check before entry.

Reserve your ticket for this free event when you register to attend Regional Assembly.

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2022 Oklahoma Regional Assembly Speakers Announced

The Oklahoma Region is proud to announce its speakers for the 2022 Regional Assembly: Rev. Rebecca Anderson and Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale. The event theme is “More than a Moment: Rejoicing in Our Story.” It will take place April 29-30, 2022 as a hybrid event at Harvard Avenue Christian Church, Tulsa.

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale

Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale is the founder and Senior Pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia. A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Dr. Hale received a Bachelor of Arts in music from Hollins University; a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary. She holds five honorary Doctorates of Divinity and an honorary Doctor of Law degree.

As a woman of vision, Dr. Hale is revered worldwide for her leadership, integrity, and compassion. Her vision and leadership led her to establish two ministries; Elah Pastoral Ministries, Inc. and the Women in Ministry Conference, Inc. Elah is a mentoring program to assist in the spiritual and practical development of pastors and para-church leaders and the Women in Ministry Conference is a premiere national conference with a focused mission to develop, coach, and mentor Christian women in ministry for the 21st Century.

As a recipient of numerous honors and recognitions, Dr. Hale was inducted into the African American Biographies Hall of Fame, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College, and the Atlanta Business League Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a recipient of the National Urban League’s “Women of Power” award, the Preston Taylor Living Legacy Award, the Balm in Gilead Keeper of the Flame Award, and she was recognized on Ebony Magazine’s “Power 100” list as one of the nation’s most influential African American leaders. In 2009, Dr. Hale was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. She also served as a member of the 2016 Platform Committee for the Democratic National Convention and delivered the Invocation at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Dr. Hale is a contributing writer for many books and publications including, Power in the Pulpit II: How America’s Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare their Sermons and the preaching resource series, Feasting on the Gospels. In January 2010, she authored her first book entitled, I’m A Piece of Work: Sisters Shaped by God.

Dr. Hale presently serves as the Chairperson of the IC3 Conference Board, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Beulah Heights University, the Vice President for the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference, a member of the Board of Visitors of the Divinity School at Duke University, a member of the Board of Trustees at Hollins University, a member of the UNCF NFI Advisory Council and a member of the Welcome.US Council.

Dr. Hale is an active Lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She currently serves as the Co-Chairperson of the International Spiritual Oversight Committee and Chairperson of the Membership Committee of her local chapter, Nu Lambda Omega Chapter.

During her 42 years of ministry, her ministerial gift has drawn thousands, young and old, to witness the anointing of a woman totally sold out for the Kingdom of God.

Rev. Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca is co-pastor of Gilead Church Chicago and is ordained in The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She has a Masters in Divinity from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Playwrighting from Hampshire College (Amherst, MA).

Rebecca’s been on Snap Judgment (radio), and podcasts including The Broad Experience and Broccoli & Ice Cream. Active in the Chicago storytelling scene, she’s performed with events like RISK!, 2nd Story, The Moth, and This Much is True. As a comic (back in the day), she was featured in The Boston Globe and The Christian Century.

Rebecca has developed and teaches workshops designed to grow the practice of story-telling and foster interpersonal connection (more at EarshotStories.com). She also hosts potlucks, plants gardens, and knows the best places to pick juneberries.

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2021 Advent Devotionals

God of justice and peace,
from the heavens you rain down 
mercy and kindness,
that all on earth may stand in 
awe and wonder
before your marvelous deeds.

Advent Greetings!

Long before this season of Advent begins, youth from Oklahoma and Regional Ministers have pondered over the scriptures and began reflecting about what these upcoming Advent days hold. In this season of preparation for the birth of Jesus, we are presenting you with two resources to guide your journey down Advent Road. One resource has been created by the Oklahoma Regional Youth Council. A second resource has been created by Regional Ministers from our 31 regions and ethnic ministries.

We hope you enjoy these devotions. May something from them stir your heart into awe and wonder of God’s marvelous deeds.

Peace & God’s Grace,

Pam Holt Signature

Regional Minister Pamela Holt

2021 College of Regional Ministers Advent Devotional

ENGLISH VERSION
SPANISH VERSION

2021 Regional Youth Council Advent Devotional

CLICK HERE to visit our Dropbox and download the ebook in PDF format.

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Disciples Supporting Afghan Families

Loving and Helping Our New Neighbors

Soon Afghan families will be our new neighbors as they move into the metropolitan areas of Oklahoma. Some of our Disciple congregations are already making preparations to help welcome them. As you might imagine, the needs to help one family relocate are tremendous, and there will be many families who need our help. If your congregation would like to join this ministry and work together, please contact Mary Heath, Chair of the Region’s Refugee & Immigration Commission or the Regional Office. Please note there are many resources to help understand the needs of our Afghan communities. The resources below are just a start!

Disciples Hospitality & Welcome

These links will take you to the most comprehensive resources to learn about Disciples hospitality and welcome of Afghanistan refugees into our midst. You are welcome to use any and/or all of these resources in your congregation.

Disciples Statements on Refugees and Immigration

Share this video from Rev. Terri Hord Owens, General Minister and President, and this video from Week of Compassion on Afghan Welcoming.

Disciples Refugees & Immigration Ministries (RIM)

These links will direct you to many resources for your congregation to learn more about the Afghan refugees.

Web Resources   Facebook Resources

Week of Compassion

Refugees and Displaced People

Church World Service

Church World Service is an organization in the US serving the Afghan resettlement program. There are twenty-one CWS offices around the US. Just recently, CWS approved the Afghan Placement and Assistance Program to make it possible for CWS to provide resources to communities who want to partner with CWS who are further than 100 miles from a CSW office, places like Oklahoma and West Virginia.

Please follow the links below to help your congregation learn about the CWS Afghan Resettlement ministries and worship resources.

5 Ways You Can Help Welcome Afghans Video

Resources and Worship Guide for Reflecting and Praying for the Displaced

Oklahoma Congregations Already Preparing

The Region of Oklahoma has eight congregations already preparing to help in the resettlement of Afghan families.

  • Edmond Trinity
  • Norman FCC – working ecumenically in the Norman community
  • OKC Crown Heights
  • OKC Western Oaks
  • Ponca City FCC
  • Stillwater FCC – working ecumenically in the Stillwater community; OSU has contributed housing
  • Tulsa Harvard Avenue – working ecumenically in the Tulsa community
  • Weatherford Federated

How Your Congregation can Participate

The needs of resettlement are great. Here are some of the many ways your congregation can be a partner in this ministry.

1. Pray for these Afghans who have been displaced from their home and are seeking a new home — here.
2. Partner with a larger congregation who is already in motion.
3. Designate a point person in your congregation to contact one of the congregations noted above to see what the needs are and report back to your board to determine the best way for your congregation to partner. Some of the needs include:

  • financial support for rent, utilities, legal services
  • medical care
  • transportation
  • furniture and home goods
  • appropriate seasonal clothing for adults and children
  • language interpreters for Dari and Pashto
  • volunteers when the time comes

4. Make a financial contribution to the Region’s Restricted Fund: Refugee & Immigration Afghan Resettlement.

We cannot do this ministry by ourselves. We work best together. Let us welcome and love our new neighbors with joy and gratitude!

Peace & God’s Grace,
Rev. Pamela Holt

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Regional Minister Travel Update

The Regional Executive Committee has taken into consideration the Regional Ministers’ Travel during this continued pandemic, and especially during the surge of the Delta Variant of COVID-19. The Executive Committee created the following protocols for our Regional Ministers who long to be with congregations, but who also recognize the risks as they move from congregation to congregation. This new protocol is designed to remain effective until further notice.

Regional Ministers Travel During a Pandemic
09.16.2021

The mission of the Regional Church is to connect, equip, and empower Disciples of Christ across the Region of Oklahoma. The attendance and participation of Regional staff at various services and events across the Region are vital to the continued ministry of the Regional Church. Yet in the midst of a global pandemic, Regional staff must take into careful consideration everyone they may come into contact with during their ministry, including a significant population that is unable to be vaccinated.

As such, the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Regional Church (Disciples of Christ) of Oklahoma have instructed Regional staff that attendance and participation in such services and events will only be permitted so long as all participants at the service or event will be following CDC guidelines, including but not limited to wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing.

Should the Regional Ministers arrive and participants are not adhering to the expected CDC guidelines noted above, the Regional Ministers are instructed to leave the service or event immediately.

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