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The Journey Now! 1999 General Assembly plans developing
02 Oct 1998 13:58:06
Date: October 2, 1998
Disciples News Service
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Contact: Curt Miller
on the Web: http://www.disciples.org
A renowned veteran of the civil rights struggle and former U.S.
Ambassador to the United Nations will address "The Journey Now!", the
1999 General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),
Oct. 8-12, 1999.
The Rev. Andrew J. Young, Jr., an ordained minister of the United
Church of Christ, will preach during the Cincinnati assembly's
closing worship service on a day devoted to the theme "Unity in
Community." Young also served in the U.S. House of Representatives
and as mayor of Atlanta, Ga.
The Disciples General Assembly is devoted to strengthening
congregations for mission and ministry. This assembly's central
theme, "The Journey Now!" draws on the rich text of the fourth
chapter of Paul's letter to the Ephesians. The church, Paul says, is
made up of a marvelous assortment of people with a magnificent array
of talents given "to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for
building up the body of Christ."
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) returns to Cincinnati 150
years after its first assembly in the same city. The 1849 convention
gathered on a site now occupied by the Cincinnati public library.
Events of "The Journey Now!" will include a parade from that location
to the Cincinnati Convention Center, site of the 1999 gathering.
Assembly organizers hope more than 8,000 Disciples will come together
for the Cincinnati assembly. One needn't be a voting representative
to benefit from attending. The gathering will feature "MissionFest
‘99," the display and demonstration of congregations' outreach
ministry successes. A wide variety of interest groups and forums
will add to the ideas and inspiration attendees can take back to
their home congregations.
Each day of the assembly will concentrate on a facet of strengthening
Opening night, focusing on the church's roots, will feature the
preaching of the Rev. Michael Mooty, moderator of the Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ). He is expected to reflect on the
church's journey since its founding in 1832, through its first
convention in 1849, through all the triumphant and turbulent years
leading to this final assembly of the 20th century.
Saturday's focus on justice will include the celebration of the
ministry of the Rev. Feliberto Pereira. He leads the Good Samaritan
Ministry, supported by the Southwest region and Iglesia Cristiana
Ebenezer, Los Fresnos Texas. It helps many needy persons, providing
legal and human services assistance to Central American and Cuban
political refugees and other immigrants. It operates an orphanage and
a Bible institute in Mexico and distributes to the needy rice and
beans from the Southwest region's Coastal Plains and High Plains
Also on Saturday, a planned outdoor contemporary music concert will
raise donations to the Disciples Volunteers in Mission project in
Cincinnati during the assembly.
Sunday's focus on leadership will include assembly action on the
re-election of General Minister and President Richard L. Hamm. The
assembly will take the decisive vote on the renewal of Hamm's call
for a second six-year term. A special recognition of leadership from
all expressions of the church will follow the re-election process.
The Rev. Michael Slaughter opens Monday, Oct. 11, a day devoted to
the sub-theme "Evangelism." The United Methodist minister from Tipp
City, Ohio, is pastor of Ginghamsburg Church which has grown from 90
in worship to more than 2,700. He's a widely acclaimed evangelism
expert and author of the popular book Spiritual Entrepreneur.
Former associate regional pastor of Ohio and current pastor of
Cleveland's Bethany Christian Church, the Rev. Robin Hedgeman, will
preach at Monday's evening worship. Bethany is a growing
congregation sharply focused on community mission and evangelism.
The General Assembly business sessions, fundamental to the Disciples
biennial gathering, will be designed as business items are submitted
Disciples can support the 1999 General Assembly, even if they can't
be there in person. Anyone who registers as a non-attending
supporter will receive, upon request, the assembly business docket
and the post-assembly newspaper. Non-attending supporters are asked
to read and discuss the assembly business, pray for those in
attendance and are encouraged to participate with a gift of $25.00 or
Registration information can be obtained by calling the General
Assembly Office at 371-635-3113, 205. Information is also posted on
the World Wide Web at: http://www.disciples.org/GA99/index.htm.
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