The One Project Hosts a Gathering in Atlanta (Part 3: Attendee Impressions)

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The One Project Hosts a Gathering in Atlanta (Part 3: Attendee Impressions)

PC: Attendee discussion at the first mini gathering of the One project in Boulder, CO. Photo by Rajmund Dabrowski / Rocky Mountain Conference via Flickr

Impression #1

I’ve enjoyed it so far. Overall at this point I think it is in line with what I believe, and the way I try to live my life. I agree with the concepts of it. It’s just been a few things that I feel like people need to be careful with. The way they touch on the subject, giving it importance, but not going overboard. Like in regards to the whole racial thing: talking about the concept of it, but not getting so specific.

It’s important for us to come together as a people, as a whole, as a Christian community across the board. But during the talk, all I really was hearing was reference about blacks, when this is a world-wide issue, just as we talked at the table. Every race has the problem in some way. There is even racism against whites. We need to talk about it, because it is important, but not make it about one specific race. Because then I feel like that is the way you can reach everybody.

As a white, or Hispanic, or Asian, they can look into their lives and be like: Well, I had this experience when I felt discriminated because of my race. And not to create an issue that did not exist already, but for every person in every race to recognize the validity in their situation. – Anonymous


Impression #2

Hello, my name is Wyatt Justus. I was offered a chance to come to The One project by my youth pastor at the Fletcher Seventh-day Adventist church. I have had an awesome time so far. I have learned so much already. For example, even though we humans have sinned, God has said we are not guilty because of His love, mercy, and great and never-ending kindness. I am looking forward to the rest of my time here. God bless. – Wyatt Justus, Fletcher Academy, North Carolina

Impression #3

My name is I Dale, and I attend Fletcher Academy in North Carolina. I am from Charleston, SC. This was my first time attending this meeting, and I have had a very positive experience this weekend. I think, out of everything this weekend, I really enjoyed hearing the different opinions of the problems with the world. I highly recommend coming to these events. It is a blessing and a great opportunity! The pastors and speakers are God’s gifted workers, and I hope they continue to share His word! – Dale McCants Jr., Fletcher Academy, North Carolina

Impression #4

This is my second time attending The One project conference. Personally, I find it Christ-centered and spiritually refreshing. I also find encouragement from the fact that the leaders of The One project are prominent, committed Adventists who want to stay inside the church—to make it more Christ-centered, authentic, and spiritually healthy. The spirit that I find within The One project gatherings is the antithesis of the bullying, controlling behavior, and insistence on uniformity that I have experienced from the Adventist power structure. – Kay Henderson, Walla Walla

Impression #5

I am very grateful for movements like The One project within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is good to see that Jesus is being lifted up. I can see that this is, and has been, the main thing with The One project.  Honestly, it’s wonderful to see that that “cat is out of the bag” (i.e. people are catching on that ‘Permission is Powerful, but Freedom is more Powerful—an idea that Tim Gillespie articulated).

Jesus affirms people—especially the oppressed. This is an uneasy feeling if you are more concerned about policy and a top-down organizational structure.  Let the freedom of Jesus fill my heart, let it fill yours—all of ours.  The world needs Jesus; Christendom needs Jesus; the Seventh-day Adventist Church needs Jesus. So although they say that this is the last year of The One project, I sense that the movement will go on in our individual lives, in our homes, churches, and communities. – David Escobar, Somerset, KY


Impression #6

I’ve attended The One project since 2012, and each year it’s given me new perspective. It’s been refreshing to go to a gathering where the attendees are asked to share their stories, their experience, and discuss what God has laid on their hearts and in their communities. The gathering allows the laity to engage in better theology and become empowered to be the priesthood of believers they are Biblically called to be. – Rebecca Murdock, Berrien Springs, MI

Impression #7

It has been an incredible experience being part of this intimate gathering of fellow believers. After two days of listening to speaker after speaker deftly delivering the gospel, boiled down to the basics of loving others and delighting in our God, I feel allured, inspired, and humbled. I want the experience I have with God to be absorbed by my children as tangible, critical, and to be desired above all else. I feel like The One project has further encouraged and equipped me in that direction. – Amy Cummings

Impression #8

It’s humbling to be surrounded by so many wonderful followers of Jesus. I love the thought-provoking commentary of the speakers. It’s important that we challenge ourselves with new perspectives that are founded in Scripture. The One project has given me an opportunity like none other to share with and learn from others who are earnestly seeking a closer walk with Christ. – Brian Cummings, Newnan, GA

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Adelina Alexe is a Ph.D. student in systematic theology at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. She loves God and enjoys nature, arts, and meaningful conversation. Her special research interests are narrative theology and hermeneutics.