Several Bethany people attended the Pamlico District Union Meeting at Kitt Swamp Christian Church Saturday, September 28, and heard reports from the churches in the district, as well as an informative program about the Discipliana Collection by George Loveland, Director of Hackney Library, Barton College.
Those from Bethany included David Bailey, Mac Harris, Julia Peterson and Merritt and Linda Watson. The agenda consisted of Bob Cayton’s explanation of the rules for General Minister Sharon Watkins’ visit to Reelsboro Christian Church Oct. 14, reports from each of the district churches, and general business.
Guest speaker George Loveland’s presentation, The Discipliana Collection: Weaving our Future from the Strands of our History, was an overview of how the collection of Disciples documents and photographs are being archived, including the digitization of much of it,
and the plans for establishing a Rare Book and Eastern North Carolina/Discipliana Special Collection that will support the college’s teaching mission. The collection will comprise a state-of-the-art rare book room with space for classroom instruction, an archive storage area, and a workroom for processing and storing materials. To view digitized Discipliana materials, including a link to Merritt Watson’s A History of Bethany Christian Church, use a browser to visit: http://barton.libguides.com/content.php?hs=a&pid=439103
Loveland also described the “Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection,” a collaborative project of Duke University, the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University that will bring together, preserve and provide digital access to the primary materials of religious bodies in North Carolina.
After Loveland’s presentation, the meeting was adjourned and attendees were treated to Kitt Swamp’s excellent luncheon offering almost every kind of Southern church food. The dishes were so extensive that not even the most persevering of diners could sample all.