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Inter-Baptist Fellowship still promoting race relationscomment (0)

January 2, 2003

By Sondra Washington

It is our responsibility as Alabama Baptists to make our state better by being Great Commission Christians,” said Gary Farley, Pickens Baptist Association director of missions.

\In an update on the Inter-Baptist Fellowship Committee during the November state convention meeting, Farley challenged Alabama Baptists to work together and live out their faith in Christ.

Organized in 1967 during the height of the Civil Rights movement, the committee continues its mission to promote reconciliation, fellowship and cooperative missions of all Alabama Baptists in every ethnic group.

One way is through an annual human relations conference and its five regional planning committees.

“I’ve sought to make what we do more practical in terms of reconciliation and race relations,” Ronald Davis, coordinator of the committee and an associate in the office of associational and cooperative missions at the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, said. “Our goal is to form interracial groups all over the state of Alabama.”

In April, representatives from various state conventions including Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention, New Era Progressive Missionary Baptist Convention and New Era Missionary Baptist Convention met at Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center for worship, celebration and encouragement.

For the first time, a Hispanic pastor preached at the conference.

“All of our interracial groups come to this conference with a new purpose to celebrate what they are doing…and to get recharged and project on what they can do when they return,” said Davis.

Throughout the year, subcommittees in Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery, mobile and Dothan work with up to 12 counties to encourage and arrange interracial worship services, banquets, partner ministries and missions.

“We want to work together…to really form a Christian community as Christ has called us to,” said Davis. “We feel that if we get all these different points of light working together we can make Alabama a model for this country.”

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