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MODERATORIAL REFLECTION: On Youth and Mission
05 May 1996 08:37:57
95268 MODERATORIAL REFLECTION: On Youth and Mission
by Marj Carpenter
Moderator, 207th General Assembly
(Editor's note: Marj Carpenter has announced that she will be writing
occasional reflections on her experiences as General Assembly moderator.
This is the first of them. -- Jerry L. Van Marter)
My very first appearance [as moderator] was at a worship service in
Montreat Presbyterian Church the Sunday morning after the Assembly ended on
Friday. And it was exciting. There were a lot of old friends, some new
ones and a lot of talk about mission.
That night at the Montreat Mission Conference in Assembly Inn, folks
came from Montreat and Black Mountain that were not signed up for the
conference, but Nancy Miller scurried around and found chairs as we filled
the room and people sat out in the hall and stood in the doorway.
Somehow it reminded me of the worship services in Malawi where so many
people go to church that they stand outside on the porch and sing with the
congregation and lean in to hear the message. That's all right. It's
wonderful to have a crowd.
Nothing would have prepared me for the enthusiasm of the 6,000
Presbyterian Youth at Purdue the following week. They set up a roar you
could hear in Indianapolis--or hopefully in Louisville. They are enthused.
And they love mission. And they love the church. There is plenty of hope
out there. The church is alive and well among our youth. Thank you,
Rodger Nishioka for all you have done to make youth work come alive.
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