An Indy-based church of diversity elects first black woman to lead a major denomination

By | July 13, 2017

Police shootings. A racial and income divide. The border wall. Fake news.

Divisiveness and mistrust is alive and well in America today.

But what if there was a place where civility and respect were expected — and everyone was welcome at the table?

An Indianapolis-based church founded on ecumenical unity and inclusiveness has elected what it says is the first black female leader of a mainstream Protestant denomination.

For anyone familiar with the core values of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the election this week of the Rev. Teresa Hord Owens as general minister and president shouldn’t be a surprise.

“It’s important to take note of it,” Hord Owens said Wednesday, as the church with about half a million members wrapped up its biennial convention in Downtown Indianapolis. (IndyStar)

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