As the 2017 Assembly was historic in electing RE Dr. Alexander Jun as the first Korean-American Moderator of the General Assembly, the 2018 Assembly was historic in unanimously electing Rev. Dr. Irwin Ince as the first African-American Moderator…. Dr. Ince moderated the 2018 General Assembly with the efficiency of an engineer, the wisdom of a diplomat, and the grace of a humble Christian.
The Assembly convened on Wednesday afternoon June 13, rather than on the usual Tuesday evening, due to a condensed schedule planned in response to indications that RE attendance might increase if the Assembly were one work-day shorter. Attending were 1,202 Teaching Elders and 335 Ruling Elders, for a total of 1,537 commissioners, representing 902 churches. Ruling Elder attendance for this year’s shortened format increased approximately ½ % over last year.
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The theme of the Assembly, hosted by Metro Atlanta Presbytery, was “Love God and Love Neighbor.” Co-chairing the Host Committee were RE Jim Wert, a former Moderator, and TE Walter Henneger, pastor of Atlanta Westside Presbyterian Church. Retiring Moderator RE Dr. Alexander Jun spoke at the opening service on “Gospel Neighboring.” Preachers for the other two services were Rev. Joe Novenson of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga and Rev. Randy Pope of Perimeter Church in Greater Atlanta.
The Assembly received greetings from ten ecumenical guests from North America and abroad, heard progress reports from the ten General Assembly Committees and Agencies, heard reports from Special Committees, acted on forty overtures, acted upon the final report of the Ad Interim Committee on Racial Reconciliation and Diversity, and elected members to service on General Assembly Committees and Agency Boards.
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As the 2017 Assembly was historic in electing RE Dr. Alexander Jun as the first Korean-American Moderator of the General Assembly, the 2018 Assembly was historic in unanimously electing Rev. Dr. Irwin Ince...
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