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oni 15 - Baptists Fire Pastor, Aides MACON. Ga. (UPI) -...
Baptists Fire Pastor, Aides MACON. Ga. (UPI) - A Baptist congregation fired its pastor and two of his assistants Sunday for advocating opening church services to Negroes. At the same time, die church refused admittance to an African student who had been converted to Christianity by Southern Baptist missionaries. "I have committed die unpardonable sin of a Southern minister preaching integration in a Southern town," the Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Holmes said of his dismissal by vote of the congregation. Turned Away Students While die vote was being taken, deacons of the Tatnall Square Church turned away Sam Jerry Oni, a Niegerian who came to Baptist-oriented Mercer University here in 1963 despite "die situation" in die South. Oni, who was detained in a police car for about an hour, said die experience nearly shattered his faith. Fired from die church staff were Dr. Holmes, die Rev. Douglas Johnson, die assistant pastor, and Jack W. Jones, minister of music. All three have advocated ao "open door" policy in die church. "My faith has almost been shattered," said Oni, 25. But he vowed he would 'try -again next Holy Cross 14-0, Southern Methodist beat Navy 21-3. Oklahoma bested Iowa State 3311, Missouri rallied to turn back Illinois 14-10, Michigan beat California 17-7. and Texas downed Texas Tech 31-21. Sunday to attend services at die church located on die Mercer campus. The church is not university affiliated. Held Vote The church's board of deacons in July voted to dismiss die diree clergymen for admitting Negro college students at June 26 services. The students were part of an upward bound program, which gives exceptional low-income high school students college training during die summer. The general membership voted 259 to 89 Sunday to dismiss die diree, according to Jerry E. Rodgers, chairman of die deacons. "It has been a test of my faith in a sense, but it has also been a strengdiening of my faith," die Rev. Dr. Holmes said. "This has shown me die importance of preaching die trudi. "I don't want to belittle my church," he added. "There are many good people in die church who honestly believe they are right." BIG SIGN LARAMIE, Wyo. (UPI) - A sign on a bulletin board at the University of Wyoming student union warns against posting notices more than 15 inches wide. The sign is 16 inches wide. More Americans have been killed in traffic accidents since 1900 than in combat in all the wars in which the United States has been engaged.

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  1. Tyrone Daily Herald,
  2. 26 Sep 1966, Mon,
  3. Page 5

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