August 29, 2015

Why I Love Denominational Gatherings

Lee Hull Moses writes in the September 2 Christian Century about her life-long love attending the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Assembly held every other year, although she points out that such every-other-year Assemblies may be coming to an end.  She describes the benefits of attending as a child, youth, young adult, and currently as an adult with children.  She recognizes the argument of some who point to the cost of the gathering.  She confesses she does not know the answer. She adds:

"What I do know is that we are a covenantal church; we are obligated to one another only by our relationships. We need time and space to nurture these relationships - in person, where we can hug each other and meet each other's children and stay up late together. We need the time and space to connect with the manifestations of the church that enable us to do ministry more deeply and widely than any one congregation could ever do on its own. There were nearly 4,000 people at our assembly in July.  Not one of them would have come if they didn't love the church, and that is an incredible thing to behold."