LogoGeorgia Disciples at the 2015 General Assembly
Columbus, OH - July 18-22

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Saturday

The assembly began Saturday with checkin and registration.  Seeing friends and disciples from around the country is one of the great pleasures of attending Assembly and many from Georgia are here in Columbus.  Watch the slide show below and see who you can spot!

Opening worship included Andrea Moran and a group of outstanding Disciples musicians.  The theme was "Comfort" and Isaiah 40.  We began worship singing “Gather Us In”, “Santo, Santo, Santo”, “Shout to the Lord”, “Ososeo” and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”.  A multi-media presentation asked us "What is comfort to you?"  Rev. Teresa (Terri) Hord-Owens brought the message - she pointed out that the Lord provides comfort so that we are comfortable to go forth and do his work.

Worship continued with an offering for the 13th Check to support retired clergy and communion.

Several "after sessions" were available including a presentaton by Rev. Todd Adams on the situation with "Religious Freedom" laws in Indianna and other states and the Disciples response to these legislative efforts.

Sunday

On Sunday, members of the Assembly are welcomed into area congregations for morning worship.  A group, including your webmaster, attended Karl Road Christian Church just a short drive north of Columbus.  We were joined by Georgia Disciples from Johns Creek, Bogart and FCC Griffin to hear an outstanding sermon from guest preacher Rev. Elizabeth Grasham of Houston Texas who preached on Isaiah 40:1-5.  Her sermon, entitled "the Comfort of Cateclysm" was that God calls will cause change, but he is there to comfort us in that change.

After lunch a group from Georgia went to Schmidts Sausage House, a famous local establishment in German Town, for lunch and fellowship!

Monday

The Assembly provides many opportunities for hands on mission and service.  For example, Diane Bales helped distribute 42,000 pounds of potatoes - enough to serve about 150,000 meals - to foodbanks around Columbus.

Monday morning was also a time for the opening panels or lectures for the five learning tracks.  These included Administration, Faith Formation, Global/Ecumenical, Innovate and Justice.  I attended the Innovate panel where we heard from three pastors who are doing innovative progams and missions within their church.

Georgia delegates gathered for lunch at Barley's Brewing Company, in the cool basement.  27 Disciples were present where we enjoyed a great BBQ lunch, fellowship and a short sharing of ministries and ideas.  We talked about the new Regional Brochure and the programs of the region.  We also talked about the need for making our churches a safe place for children, about upcoming seminars on Mental Health First Aid and other topics.

The afternoon included the first business session of the assembly where Regional Moderator Jabari Butler was responsible for floor microphone 1.  You can view the agenda, reports and resolutions from the assembly at ga.disciples.org/business/. The resolutions included a discussion on "Black Lives Matter" and an encouraging report on the Disciples of Christ Historical Society.

Evening worship featured a challenging sermon on Isaiah 40:6-8 "You Can't be Serious!" from Rev. Amy K. Butler of Riverside Church in N.Y. Communion was led by Georgia Regional Minister Rev. Denise Bell.  The music was also amazing as always.  Amy has posted the text of her sermon on her blog and it's well worth reading!  talkwiththepreacher.org/2015/07/20/you-cant-be-serious-2/.

Tuesday

Another great day in Columbus.  Learning tracks continued in the morning with lots of opportunities for learning and sharing.  The afternoon business meeting included discussions on a "Commemorating the 100 years since the Arenian Genocide" and "Becoming a People of Welcome and Support to People with Mental Health Disorders."

Evening worship featured the 25th anniversary of cooperation with the United Church of Christ including a sermon from Geoffrey Black,  General Minister and President, United Church of Christ and music by The Columbus Children's Choir.

Wednesday

Wednesday Jamie and I attended a Faith Formation workshop by pastor and author Adam Hamilton on "Making Sense of the Bible" that was incredible. 

At lunch Archie Jenkins helped lead the Men's Lunch where we discussed the Disciples Mens Sessions meeting in Fort Worth Tx. July 22-24, 2016.

The afternoon business session included discussions on a number of important resolutions including "A Call for Peace, Justice and Reunification in the Korean Peninsula" for which Rev. Chung Kim spoke passionately and a Revised - Substitute Resolution on Gun Violence which Rev. Danny Gulden helped formulate and spoke about on the floor.  Both resolutions passed.
For a full list of resolutions and the votes on those resolutions see: ga.disciples.org/business/ then click on the "Resolution" Tab.
To read the reports presented to the assembly click on the "Reports" Tab.

Closing Worship - Was a celebration to SOAR.  It included the singing of traditional hymns, upbeat praise music, a great sermon by Rev. Adam Hamilton and closing commuion.  Adam, a methodist pastor and author, suggested that we mainline protestant christians have the perfect message for today's unchurched but we have forgotten how to tell it.  He suggested that to SOAR we need 2 wings - the wing of works (our caring for the sinners and tax collectors in our community) and the sharing of the gosple.  But sometimes we love our buildings more than we love to soar.  He also strongly encouraged Disciples to encourage our brightest young people to consider the ministry.

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