INDIANAPOLIS – As Christianity faces what is arguably its biggest shift since the Reformation, Disciples will convene on Nashville, TN, July 9-13, 2011, with a bold theme.
"Tell it!" the 2011 General Assembly theme based on Deuteronomy 6:1-12, reminds Disciples to tell the Good News of God’s healing love to world in the throes of great change, Assembly planners said in introducing the concept.
"We live in times of remarkable change," said Disciples General Minister and President Sharon Watkins. "What has worked in the past isn’t working so well anymore. We find ourselves in a new context for mission and ministry, needing to step out before we know exactly where we are heading. In times like these, our strength will come in remembering the essential nature of the Gospel, communicating that Good News clearly to our children and to our children’s children. If ever there were a time for Disciples to ‘Tell it!’ that time is now."
The scripture appears in Moses’ cautionary sermon to the Hebrew people before they cross the Jordan to enter the Promised Land. This land flows with milk and honey, yes, he tells them. But as they leave behind tents and nomadic ways to settle in houses they didn’t build and to drink from wells they didn’t dig, they need to do all in their power to remember the God who delivered them from slavery.
Moses admonishes them to view all that they do through the lens of being God’s people; to repeat God’s commands so that even unborn generations will inherit them. In short: they are to "Tell it!"
Josue Torres, Florida Disciples artist, created the 2011 General Assembly logo, based on the theme. It depicts three Disciples in silhouette as they "Tell it!" Inside the silhouette is a montage of images of Disciples engaged in worship and mission.
"We really liked this image for so many reasons," said Patricia Case, director of program and marketing for the General Assembly. "It illustrates telling it, literally in the form of the three main figures. But it emphasizes that our actions speak as loudly as our words.’"
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