Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Synergy and Connectivity in Atlanta

What religious event in Atlanta could possibly bring together journalists from throughout the United States, including the Boston Globe and New York Times, and a representative from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops?

A meeting devoted to Baptist unity.

That's right, unity - as opposed to the divisiveness and exclusiveness that usually characterizes Baptist meetings covered by secular newspapers.

"Together, we all sit down together at the table of Christian brotherhood and sisterhood," Mercer University President Bill Underwood just declared in the opening session of the New Baptist Covenant Celebration.

Declaring his desire that this meeting will create "more synergy and connectivity" among Baptists, David Goatley, president of the North American Baptist Fellowship, earlier expressed the hopes of thousands of diverse Baptists now gathered in worship and prayer in the World Congress Center.

Jimmy Carter this afternoon shared his belief that this meeting is an "element of God's will" for Baptists.

Could it be that God yet has plans for a people known more for divisions than unity? The Boston Globe and New York Times are perhaps wondering the same thing.

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