Magazine article The Christian Century

Hamm Reelected to Lead Disciples

Magazine article The Christian Century

Hamm Reelected to Lead Disciples

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Reelection of the general minister and president and calls to cancel Third World debt, end landmine use and close a controversial military installation highlighted the agenda of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Assembly held October 3-12 in Cincinnati. The 1999 General Assembly marked the 150-year anniversary of the first Disciples national gathering, which was also held in Cincinnati.

Richard L. Hamm was overwhelmingly endorsed by the assembly for a second six-year term as general minister and president of the Indianapolis-based denomination. Harem's first term began in 1993. He now will serve through the conclusion of the 2005 General Assembly. The assembly also elected Paul Rivera of Brooklyn, New York, as its new moderator. Rivera will preside over the denomination's General Board and Administrative Committee for the next two years.

The Assembly adopted Jubilee 2000, a worldwide campaign for debt cancellation for the globe's poorest nations. The campaign, embraced by the World and National (U.S.A.) Councils of Churches, seeks a one-time cancellation by the year 2000 of debt, amounting to some $300 billion owed by 41 countries, mostly in Africa and Latin America. …

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