The Office of the General Assembly arranged for Liz Theoharis, co-moderator of the Poor People's Campaign, to speak at the pre-Assembly Gathering, prior to worship. So by the time worship began, my heart was already on fire. This was true for everyone else who went to the Pre-Assembly Gathering. Then, the Assembly opened with worship. The service began with the filling of the baptismal font. Families of various races, ethnicities, all ages young and old and of a variety of make up carried pitchers of water to the font and poured in the water. The final family was two husbands and their young son. This ritual showed the churches growing diversity, of our growing deep and wide showing the height, depth and width of the loving hospitality of God, and the rich diversity of God's creation. The PC(USA) has come a long way since 2006, when I began attending GAs on a regular basis.
After an afternoon of orientation, and preliminary reports by the Committee on Local Arrangements introducing us to St. Louis and the witness of the host Giddings Lovejoy Presbytery, and the Co-Moderators reflections on their two years of visiting the church here and around the world, this evening the GA elected new Co-Moderators Vilmarie Citrón-Olivieri and Rev. Cindy Kohlmann on the fourth ballet. They embody a commitment to lead the church in a time when racism, misogyny, homo and xenophobia embedded in our culture continues to rear its head. This Assembly is poised to speak truth to power and empower the church to work for social justice in the name of Christ.
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