Mayor Welcomes Adventists to Atlanta

By: Robert Henley
Date: 06/26/10
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On the eve of the first Sabbath of the 59th General Conference Session, The Honorable Kasim Reed, mayor of Atlanta, welcomed more than 35,000 assembled attendees to the city.  In his statement Reed applauded the Adventist Church for their work to improve the lives of people in the world. “Adventist don’t just talk about the Bible, you live it,” he stated. 

Kasim Reed, mayor of Atlanta speaks the first Friday night during world session of the Seventh-day Adventists Church in Atlanta, Georgia. [Photo: Gerry Chudleigh] 

Reed, the 59th mayor of Atlanta, was presented an award for his outstanding service to the city of Atlanta, which is home to more than 22,000 Seventh-day Adventists and the home of the Southern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  Reed is the fifth African American to serve as mayor. 

Kasim Reed, mayor of Atlanta, accepts award the first Friday night during world session of the Seventh-day Adventists Church in Atlanta, Georgia. [Photo: Gerry Chudleigh] 

More than 70,000 members of the Adventist church will pump 80 million dollars into the city of Atlanta during the session which is scheduled for June 23 to July 3.

The 59th General Conference Session is a business meeting of the global Seventh-day Adventist Church. Occurring every five years, General Conference Session gathers representatives from the church around the world to elect leadership and determine the focus of mission. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a mainline protestant denomination with over 17 million members in 205 nations around the world. The Church's headqarters is in Silver Spring, Md.



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Juba | Jul/07/10 08:07:06
I'm sorry, make that "paraphrases" not "epitomizes." Mayor Reed paraphrases James' instruction "to be doers of the word, and not hearers only..." when he said: "Adventist don't just talk the bible, you live it." Way to go Mayor!
Juba | Jun/27/10 06:06:25
Mayor Reed hit the nail on the head and epitomizes the instruction of James (1:22) - who is not only Jesus' half brother, but rather the Voice of God himself. Could Mayor Reed's comment be the Vocie of God to us in these last days? And perhaps the most important words of the 59th Session? Something to think about.
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