Lots happening in the world of Disciples these days. First off, one of our writers, Lisa Barnett, is graduating in a few weeks from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Lisa is a Disciples M.Div. student and recently won several awards given by the faculty and her peers. She will do well wherever she goes from here. Lisa was part of our General Assembly news staff in ’07 and has covered the Stalcup Lectures at Brite for us this year, among other things.

Next up, young adult Disciples have been making the news lately. Beau Underwood was interviewed by the Associated Press for this article on young religious voters. [Thanks, Adam Frieberg, for allowing us to use this photo of Beau in a t-shirt that complements the headline!]

Pastors Stacy Spencer and Greg Diaz were also in the news last week. The Commercial Appeal in Memphis did an excellent article about building relationships between Hispanic and black churches.

Finally, DisciplesWorld won 7 awards at the Associated Church Press conference last week in Dallas, including a runner-up award in the Best Denominational Magazine category. I mention this not so much to brag, as to say “thanks” to all those who supported the magazine through a tough financial year in 2007. Without advertisers, subscribers, donors, and readers, we would not be able to do the work that we do. It is a privelege to represent Disciples and an honor to tell your stories.

UPDATE 4/29/08: Lisa Barnett’s awards were the Colby D. Hall Award, and the Student Pastoral Ministry Award. She graduates on May 10.   RW