“A National Conversation on Racial Unity in America” will be among the highlights of the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting in St. Louis, as listed in SBC LIFE’s spring edition.
The racial reconciliation emphasis will take place during the Tuesday morning session of the June 14-15 annual meeting, as announced by SBC President Ronnie Floyd in the Executive Committee journal. SBC LIFE is online at sbclife.net.
Jerry Young, president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, and Marshall Blalock, pastor of First Baptist Church in Charleston, S.C., will be among the featured speakers.
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Ronnie Floyd and Jerry Young in Jackson, Miss.
Floyd and Young were key participants in two racial reconciliation gatherings in Jackson, Miss., in November and August last year. Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, and Young, who leads New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson, subsequently were interviewed together by The New York Times and wrote an op-ed at CNN about racial healing in America.
Also on Tuesday morning at the SBC annual meeting, Floyd will deliver his presidential address and military veterans will be honored for their service.
For a second year, Floyd will lead a Tuesday evening session devoted to prayer, titled, “A National Call to Prayer for Spiritual Leadership, Revived Churches, The Next Great Spiritual Awakening, and The Future of America.”
Reports by the International Mission Board and North American Mission Board are scheduled for the Wednesday morning session, June 15, and the two boards will close the annual meeting with a special missions presentation on Wednesday afternoon.
The Wednesday afternoon session will begin with two panel discussions: “The Local Pastor and Church in American Politics” and a question-and-answer period with the presidents of the SBC’s 11 entities and the Executive Committee.
Delivering this year’s convention sermon on Wednesday will be Ted Traylor, pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Fla.
The theme of the annual meeting will be “Awaken America, Reach the World” drawn from Acts 4:31.
Online registration for messengers and local hotels can be accessed at SBCAnnualMeeting.net. Information for preschool child care and programs for children ages 6-12 and students in grades 7-12 also is available through the website. Information about the annual Crossover evangelism outreach prior to the annual meeting can be accessed at St. Louis Metro Baptist Association.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Art Toalston is senior editor for Baptist Press, news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.)