Reflections on General Assembly by Julia Hill


Monday was the first day of committee meetings. Sitting in a room with sixty commissioners from all over the country proved to be very interesting. We had sixteen overtures to either approve, disapprove with comment, or approve as amended, which led to much discussion on several issues. The passion for certain issues was evident with the lengthy dialogue.

Each presented overture also had a member of the Overture Advocate committee to explain the changes recommended by the Presbytery from which the overture was coming. Also making recommendations were staff members from the General Assembly representing the Advisory Committee on the Constitution. (ACC).

After concluding our afternoon session, I decided to attend the National Black Presbyterian Caucus dinner held at the Doubletree Hotel. The newly elected Co-Moderators of the General Assembly, along with well over one-hundred persons, were in attendance. The keynote speaker was the former Dean of Johnson Smith Seminary, Rev. Dr. David Lawrence Wallace. The spirt of the Lord was definitely in the room, as Dr. Lawrence spoke on the theme, “We Must Listen.”

The day ended with a return to committee business, and prayers for an early evening.  We prayed for discernment of the remaining overtures that will be discussed.

Pictured in the Photo above: Back Row, Rev. James Reese, Elder Julia Hill, Rev. Alonzo Johnson. Front Row: Elder Wanda Tanner-McNeill, Elder Warren McNeill, Rev. Ruth Santana-Grace