Gov. John Bel Edwards, Baptist leaders stress unity at Baptist State Convention service

By TERRY ROBINSON at theadvocate.com |  July 22, 2016

BY TERRY ROBINSON | TROBINSON@THEADVOCATE.COM  JUL 22, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Gov. John Bel Edwards and ministers stressed unity during a joint worship service for two influential state black Baptist conventions on Thursday night at the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Family Life Center in Baton Rouge...

“If there was ever a time for us to unite in this state and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, it is right now,” Edwards said. “We’ve got to get out of our comfort zones and reach out to our brothers and sisters. If there was ever a time to put love into action — regardless of race, creed, color, geography, church membership, convention affiliation — the time is now.”

The service brought together the Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention, led by the Rev. C.S. Gordon, of New Orleans, and the Greater Missionary Baptist State Convention, led by the Rev. Leo D. Cyrus, of Baton Rouge...

The main speakers of the night — Edwards and the Rev. Jerry Young, president of the National Baptist Convention USA — discussed the vital role of the church.

“The faith community plays a very important role in this matter … It matters that fairness, opportunity for all, justice for all, peace and hope are restored and that hate is replaced by love,” Edwards said.

Young, of Jackson, Mississippi, said the churches — and church conventions — must be on one accord.

“How in the world is the church ever going to get the community to come together if the church can’t come together?” Young asked...

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