• At the Historical Society we encounter David McWhirter, who passed away June 1, 2013, every day - in the many Stone-Campbell journals and periodicals he indexed, in the thousands of books and pamphlets he cataloged and the many archival documents and collections he organized and inventoried. Immediately upon assuming the directorship of the library and archives in 1976 Dave set out to bring order to chaos and in the process he made an incalculable contribution to the study of Stone-Campbell history. 

  • 150 years have passed since the Emancipation Proclamation. By examining the church’s response - or lack of response - to slavery, we see the oppression from a war on drugs that results in an unprecedented numbers of people, mostly minorities, being incarcerated.

    If the church takes seriously the gospel of following a condemned criminal who proclaimed freedom for prisoners, we must acknowledge that we are failing in the same way as our nineteenth century predecessors did.

    Join us on May 18 in Nashville as we wrestle with the historical issue of the church and slavery, the modern parallel of mass incarceration and ways in which the church can recover its prophetic voice by forming communities with those condemned by the criminal justice system.


  • Church leader Reverend Raymond Brown passed away October 30, 2012, at age 87. Brown lost his battle with lung cancer.

  • sam_robles.jpgSamuel Robles, Jr., pastor of Arise Christian Church (DOC) in Orlando, Florida is the recipient of the 2012 Fred Craddock Award for Excellence in Preaching. The Craddock Award is given in partnership by Disciples of Christ Historical Society and the Craddock Center.

  • Guenhee-Yu-2012-Faithful-Servant.jpgReverend Dr. Guenhee Yu is the recipient of the 2012 Faithful Servant Award. Given annually by the Historical Society, on behalf of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the award recognizes individuals who have given an extra-measure of service to causes in the whole Church.

  • Newell-Williams.jpgDisciples History (Disciples of Christ Historical Society) announced today that the Reverend Dr. D. Newell Williams has been named as the "Editor Emerited" of its journal of history, Discipliana.

  • Newell-williams-dedication.jpgBrite Divinity School President D. Newell Williams was recently honored by Disciples of Christ Historical Society. At its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, the Society named its redesigned conference room in honor of Williams, with a dedication ceremony attended by many notables of the Stone-Campbell family.

  • elizabeth-grannis.jpgLisa Barnett of Brite Divinity School has won the 2012 Isaac Errett Award for her paper, Piety in the Public Sphere: The Life and Work of Elizabeth B. Grannis.

    Barnett's paper recounts the life of Grannis, who was a member of First Church Disciples of Christ (now Park Avenue Christian Church) in New York City in the early 1900s. Grannis was expelled from the church after speaking out against clergy misconduct.


  • carson_large.jpgDr. Glenn Thomas Carson is the keynote speaker at the 2011 Oreon E. Scott Clergy Conference, October 3 -5, 2011 at Christmount Christian Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

  • cyrus-n-white.jpgCyrus N. (Russ) White, outgoing President and Publisher of Chalice Press (Christian Board of Publication), was presented the 2011 Faithful Servant Award at the General Assembly of Disciples, meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • 2011_craddock_winner.jpgClay Stauffer, senior minister of Woodmont Christian Church (DOC) in Nashville, Tennessee, is the 2011 recipient of the Fred Craddock Award for Excellence in Preaching.

    Stauffer received the award during the July 11th, 11 AM worship service at Woodmont, at which Dr. Craddock was preaching.

  • The Historical Society is launching a new initiative to gather Disciples recipes from across the Church for publication. The Disciples Cookbook Project (DCP) will highlight the best recipes from congregations across the U.S. and Canada.

    DCP will also collect church cookbooks for preservation in the archives of the Historical Society.

  • carson-200px.jpgHistorical Society president Glenn Thomas Carson has joined the Board of Directors of The Zambia Project:

    With a focus on humanitarian assistance to the people of Zambia, the Project offers an inclusive set of programming, including medical care, agriculture, life skills, and education.


  • william_l_lee.jpgThe Reverend Dr. William Lee is the recipient of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society 2010 Faithful Servant Award.  Given annually, the award recognizes individuals who have given an extra-measure of service to causes in the whole Church.The award was presented by Dr. Glenn Thomas Carson, president of Disciples of Christ Historical Society, at Loudon Avenue Christian Church in Roanoke, Virginia on September 12th.

  • erin-wathen.jpgDisciples of Christ Historical Society, in partnership with The Craddock Center, presented the 2010 Fred Craddock Award for Excellence in Preaching to Rev. Erin Wathen on August 29. The award is presented annually to an individual who has outstanding skills in the pulpit.The award was presented by Rev. Glenn Thomas Carson at Foothills Christian Church in Glendale, Arizona. Wathen received a certificate, an engraved crystal award, and a cash gift.

  • james-seale.jpgDisciples of Christ Historical Society mourns the loss of president emeritus James M. Seale on Sunday, June 27, 2010 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky at age 79. Jim was a devoted historian and great supporter of the Historical Society in addition to being a minister and author.

  • glenn-preaching-large.jpg"My favorite thing to do is to get into our congregations, meet our people, and bring a message from God’s Word.

    With that statement, Disciples of Christ Historical Society president Dr. Glenn Thomas Carson announced that he would conduct one final preaching tour.

  • Watkins-Ribbon-Cutting.jpgThe Historical Society has dedicated the Evelyn and Harold Watkins Reading Room in the Thomas W. Phillips Memorial Archives.


  • communion_table_exhibit.jpgThe Historical Society recently opened "Come to the Table: An exhibit eaturing the practice of communion in the Stone-Campbell heritage." The new displays have been mounted in the Oscar Haynes Exhibit Hall at the T.W. Phillips Memorial Archives and include a rich array of artifacts, texts and photographs.

  • Five new persons have been nominated to serve in the Class of 2011.