General Assembly of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ

by Paula Holliday

I would like to share my experiences from the General Assembly of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ of the United States and Canada. We gathered in Des Moines, IA on July 20th through the 24th. The theme for this gathering was “Abide in Me.” Scripture text: John 15:1-5. Members attending from Second Christian, New London, MO were Rev. Robin Terrell, pastor, Elders JoAnn Allison and Paula J. Holliday and Rev. M. Faye Vaughn. On Saturday, July 20th we had our opening celebration. The business session was then called to order by our moderator Susan Morris. Many reports and resolutions, and other items of business was presented during these sessions. These items were accepted as presented or voted on after discussion.
The workshops were well attended and very informative.
The Saturday evening opening worship speaker was Rev. Terri Hord Owens, General Minister and President.
The All Assembly choir consisted of individuals from our churches throughout the USA and Canada. They were under the direction of Leo Davis, music director at Mississippi Blvd. CC, Memphis, TN. Glorious music. William DeShay Jackson, a member of Second Christian and currently a student at Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX was a part of the choir. William is also the Minister of Music at St. Martins-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Keller, TX.
A new experience was attending a Sunday morning worship service Obra Hispana. It was fully bilingual (English and Spanish). Rev. Samuel Rodriguez was speaker. The service was very beautiful and Holy. The music was awesome as was the Communion table. The table was prepared with fresh grapes and greenery.
On Tuesday night we celebrated the merger of the African American churches with the general church in 1968 and the Design. The Speakers were Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale and Rev. Mark Briley. Rev. Briley just became the new pastor at Broadway Christian, Columbia, MO.
Wednesday morning, we experienced the Celebration and Sending Out by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. What a sending out it was.
There were so many wonderful moments it difficult to tell them all. I have tried to highlight a few things. There is the meeting of new friends, getting reacquainted with old. Wonderful preaching each night. An after session by the Christian Church of Mid America. I don’t know the count, but I feel we represented well. I already talked about the music. The leadership of this church.
There was an artistic expression of The National Convocation history. It was presented with a skit titled “Standing on The Promises.” Also, at the Disciples Women Ministry luncheon we had special guests, Caroline Neville Pearre and Sarah Lue Bostick. It is always wonderful to see old friends. The Disciples Women will celebrate 145 years.

By Paula Holliday