Atlantic Caribbean Union

ATCU Delegates Prepare to Attend 60th GC Session

ATCU Delegates Prepare to Attend 60th GC Session
Communication Department, ATCU

Twelve delegates and four guests from the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) will be attending the 60
th Session of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (GC) set to begin on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Under the theme “Arise! Shine! Jesus is Coming!,” the 10-day conclave will bring together thousands of Adventists from around the world to conduct the business of the Adventist world church as well as to worship and fellowship.

Pastor Pater Kerr, executive sectary of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), revealed that the 12-member delegation is comprised of 4 administrators, 2 front-line workers, 2 General Conference committee members, 3 laypersons, and 1 delegate-at-large.

He further stated that delegates and guests must register in order to be seated in the designated area for delegates and guests. While official guests are granted access to the reserved seating area for delegates, they are not permitted to speak or vote on the items being discussed. Voice and vote privileges are given to delegates only. Among items that will be discussed are Fundamental Beliefs of Seventh-day Adventists – Amendment; Theology of Ordination; and Resolution on the Holy Bible.

Also attending the session will be Waylon Johnson from the North Bahamas Conference who, having won the Inter-American Division’s (IAD) Super Bible Boom on May 8, 2015, earned the privilege of being one of the IAD’s youth representatives and an official delegate at the session.

The Adventist News Network (ANN), the official news agency for the Adventist world church, estimates that as many as 60,000 people from more than 170 countries will gather at the Alamodome. Out of this number, there will be 2,566 official delegates to the session.

These gatherings, which are held every five years, provide a natural atmosphere for fellowship, good singing, and great preaching. However, according to ANN, “the heart of this event is a business meeting in which world church leadership is elected, critical issues are discussed, and decisions are made governing how the church will move forward in fulfilling its mission.” 


For more information on the delegates to the GC Session, you may view the article entitled GC SESSION 101: DISCOVERING THE DELEGATES found at
http://news.adventist.org/all-news/news/go/2015-05-28/gc-session-101-discovering-the-delegates/

Meetings and Events at GC

During the GC, there are numerous events, meetings, and activities that are a part of the daily schedule. Some of them that particularly involve the participation of members and friends from ATCU include:

Exhibitions

The General Conference has reserved 100,000 square feet of space in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, which is next to the Alamodome, for daily exhibitions and displays. The exhibit hall will feature some 600 booths for ministries, institutions, and vendors of church supplies.


The Inter-American Division has been allocated over 90 booths for the unions and institutions within its territory. Each of the 24 unions within IAD has been given one day to showcase its field. The Atlantic Caribbean Union will be on display on July 2, the first official day of the GC session. Below is the union’s supervision schedule for the fields and Northern Caribbean University at the booth on this day:

  • 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Atlantic Caribbean Union

  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. South Bahamas Conference

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Cayman Islands Conference

  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Northern Caribbean University

  • 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. North Bahamas Conference

  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Turks and Caicos Islands Mission

  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Atlantic Caribbean Union


In addition, Northern Caribbean University and the South Bahamas Conference will have designated booths throughout the entire session.





CIC President to Speak at Morning Devotion.

Pastor Shian O Connor, president of the Cayman Islands Conference, one of the four fields within ATCU, will be the devotional speaker on Monday, July 6 at 8:00 a.m. He is scheduled to speak on the topic “Faithful End-time Living: Preparation for His Return.”

IAD Report and Parade

The IAD will be presenting its quinquennial report during the evening session on July 6 at the Alamodome. A feature of the report will be a parade of the unions within IAD. Five persons from ATCU, representing a cross-section of ATCU, will be a part of this event.

Closing Event

The final sitting for GC 2015 will take place on Saturday evening, July 11. The closing program is called “Mission on the Move” formerly known as the “Parade of Nations.” Myron Iseminger, undersecretary of the General Conference, stated that the Parade of Nations has always been the climax of the session with delegates representing their countries in colorful costume and explained that the name change at this session represents a change in focus from patriotism for one’s country of origin to a focus on mission. ATCU will have 6 persons participating in this final event.

For all the latest information on the GC session, including the daily agenda, and to download the GC app, you may visit the 2015 GC Session website at
http://2015.gcsession.org