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Georgia Minister In Jam *. Fired Following Plea For Integration MACQN,,Ga. (UPI)-A' Bap- ist congregation · · fired its astor and (wo of .his-assistants unday for'advocating opening church services, to.-Negroes. At he same, lime, li'the 'church cfused. .admittance , to an African student who had;been converted, lo.- ChrfstlanHy by Southern Baptist missionaries. "I ' have ^comrnltted . the unpardonable sin of a-Southern nlnlster preaching'-Integration n a Southern-.toWn," the Uev. 3r. Thomas.J. Holmes said of ris dismissal by'.vote of the congregation. Turned Away Stildeufs While the vote-' was being aken, deacons of the Tatnall Square Church- turned away Sam Jerry Oni, a '.Niegerian who came lo Baptist-oriented Vfercer University here in 1961 despite "the situation" in the South. Oni, who was detained .in a police car for about an hour said the experience nearlj shattered his faith. Fired from the church slaf were Dr. Holmes, the Rev Douglas Johnson, the assistani pastor, and Jack VI. Jones minister- of music. All three have advocated an 'open door" policy i n . the church. "My faith has almost been shattered," said Oni, 25. But h vowed he would try again nox Sunday lo attend services a the church located on thi Mercer campus. The church ii not university affiliated. Held Vole The church's board of dca cons in July voted to dismis the three clergymen for admit ting Negro college students a June 26 services. The student were pant of an upward bounc program, which gives excep lional low-income high schoo students college training durjn, the summer. The general mcnibcrshi voted 259' to B9 Sunday dismiss the Ihree, according I rry E. Rodgers, .chairman e.deacons, 'ft has been .a test of my ,th In a sense, but It has e n . a strengthening :th," the Rev. br/. Holmes o,f my Id. ; "This has shown me iportance of ·. preaching uth. . · · · · · · · . "I don't want to belittle urch," he added. "There any good people In.the 10 honestly believe they an ght." , rcheologlsts neve found pieces man-made iron that are 5,000 years old. the She looks to that care we her NEW 310 Next to Post

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  1. Eureka Humboldt Standard,
  2. 26 Sep 1966, Mon,
  3. Page 18

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