Seeking God's Design
Disciples' Quest for Unity and Wholeness
Richard H. Lowery
D. Duane Cummins
Peter M. Morgan
Christian Board of Publication
Seeking God’s Design honors the 50th anniversary of The Design. It is focused around a series of audiotaped interviews that Disciples of Christ Historical Society President James Seale conducted from 1989 to 1993 with Disciples leaders who played important roles in Restructure. It provides historical context and offers a series of reflections from key Disciples leaders today, as we honor and critically evaluate the work of our predecessors while looking ahead to the next 50 years of our life as a church.
Seeking God’s Design is the first volume of the James and Mary Dudley Seale Series on Disciples and Public Engagement, a partnership between the Disciples of Christ Historical Society and Chalice Press.
Rick Lowery, Affiliate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Christian Theological Seminary and Adjunct Professor at Lexington Theological Seminary, earned the M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. He is an ordained Disciples of Christ minister, a native of Tennessee. He taught most of his career at Phillips Theological Seminary in Oklahoma and served as dean of Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky.
He has written and collaborated on several books, including Sabbath and Jubilee and Chalice Introduction to the Old Testament. He has lectured and preached at church gatherings in the US and abroad and served on various Disciples and ecumenical commissions and committees, including the executive committee of the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission. Rick lives in Indianapolis with his wife, the Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, general minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada. D. Duane Cummins is visiting scholar in history at Johns Hopkins University and has served as interim president at Brite Divinity School. He is president emeritus of Bethany College in West Virginia, former president of the Division of Higher Education for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and author of several history books. Peter M. Morgan has led hundreds of congregations through eldership seminars. His extensive experience and insightful expertise have developed over years of service to church leaders, to the congregations, to the people who are the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Morgan has served as a local church pastor and as program staff at Disciples Home Missions.