Rev. Rose Luxford, the national church’s Moderator designate, has announced the theme for the PCANZ General Assembly this year: ‘Authentic and Hopeful in Christ.’
When we gather for our General Assembly, I hope we will bring our hopeful authentic selves. I chose the Moderator theme ‘Authentic and Hopeful in Christ’ to reflect my belief in how important it is for us to be true to who we are in our ministry contexts in order to flourish.
Being authentic is also being realistic about the challenges and anxieties that we face. Yet undergirding all of this is the fact that we are people of resurrection hope. We are ‘in Christ’, the one who grounds us and gives us a sense of hope in our living. May we be guided by the Spirit in our decision making.
I have chosen a Moderator theme logo of stylised flames/leaves and cross/body/stem. The ‘arms’ of the cross depict the faith in Christ that holds us in the world. The flames/leaves indicate the burning bush and life in Christ in our context in authentic ways. Also our care for creation.