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General Assembly Report


Four Southwood staff members and one ruling elder participated in this summer’s General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (our denomination), held in Atlanta, GA. This 46th General Assembly was perhaps most notable for electing Rev. Dr. Irwyn Ince (pictured here) as the first African-American moderator of the PCA. Dr. Ince received the gavel from last year’s moderator, Alex Jun, the first minority moderator of the PCA. While Dr. Ince moderated graciously and effectively in these meetings, he will also continue to serve in an influential role in the denomination in future years.

This increase in minority leadership is occurring slowly but surely throughout the denomination thanks in no small part to the work of the Racial Reconciliation Study Committee, whose report and recommendations were unanimously received by the Assembly. This very helpful and extremely thorough 67-page report is available at
http://www.pcaac.org/racial-and-ethnic-reconciliation-study-committee-report/ and well worth reading as we at Southwood continue to consider racial reconciliation in our own context.

Several other substantial issues were discussed, but perhaps more noteworthy than any particular action was the spirit of unity and charity that largely marked this year’s Assembly on the floor and in the hallways. People with differing perspectives seemed eager to listen well and work together, and we were challenged from God’s Word about the priority of loving each other and our neighbors well in this regard. Pray that our commitment to God’s Word, the Great Commission, and the love of our brothers and sisters would increasingly characterize the churches of the PCA and the denomination as a whole as we labor together to see Christ’s kingdom advanced around the world.