The One Project—Seattle
Group from Walla Walla Meets With Other Church Leaders and Member to Focus on Jesus
More than 700 people, including a large group of Walla Walla University faculty, students, and church members, gathered for The One Project, a time of discussion-based programming and inspirational worship, held in mid-February in Seattle.
“It was good to engage in fresh conversation with one another and to celebrate communion as one body,” says Alex Bryan, senior pastor of the Walla Walla University Church. “There was, and continues to be, a sense that God is up to something special in this young movement.”
The One Project began only two years ago when Bryan and four of his ministerial colleagues, including Pastor Japhet De Oliveira of Andrews University, gathered in Denver, Colo., to reflect, worship, and to make Jesus #1 in their lives. De Oliveira explained that the origins of the Adventist church are rooted in groundbreaking new ideas, especially in regards to a passionate love for Jesus Christ.
“Our Church is a movement that began with free thinkers and their true desire was to see Jesus,” De Oliveira says. “In 1844, we wept because He did not return. That is our focus, and to follow Jesus it means we have to listen to him.”
The conference attracted many young Adventists, including many students. Nolan Kinne, a pre-med music major in his senior year at WWU, originally attended because he was invited to play violin. However, he soon discovered that the event would be more than just about his musical performance.
“It was like nothing I've ever been to before,” Kinne declared. “It wasn't a convention, and it wasn't a seminar. The leaders call it a gathering, and that is exactly what it felt like. It was a gathering of Seventh-day Adventists, placing Jesus at the center of our hearts and religion.”
Kinne also expressed the value of being exposed to other views on important ideas, after he sat and discussed each new topic with a diverse group of people. Like many who attended, Kinne came away from the experience thinking about how churches could revolutionize their communities, if the words of Jesus were fully implemented.
“If the message of Jesus is adopted by a church, it will transform it into one that loves, cares for, and accepts the worst of sinners and guides them to Jesus,” Kinne says. “It will be one which is not torn apart by disagreements of doctrine or theology but united and focused on one goal—sharing Jesus with others.”
The next gathering is scheduled for 2013 in Chicago, and will center on the messages of the four gospels.
Click link below for Alex Bryan's reflections or visit the website the1project.org