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oni 25 - GEORGIA CHLRCn Tries Integration, Pastor, Aides...
GEORGIA CHLRCn Tries Integration, Pastor, Aides Fired MACON, Ga. (UFI) - A Bap - ; Mercer University here in 19B3 tist congregation fired jtsldespite "the situation" in the pastor and two of his assistants tSoutn - Sundav for advocating opening! Oni. who was detained in a church services to Negroes. At P01" for about an houf' ,, ,. , fc . , said the experience nearly the same tune, the church shattercd his fith - . , , , . ' Fired from the church staff African stua&ni wno naa oeen ,.. nr wimcc tho converted to Christianity by Southern Baptist missionaries "I have committed the unDardonable sin of a Southern minister preaching integration in a Southern town," tne nev. Dr. Thomas J. Holmes said of his dismissal by vote of the congregation. Turned Away Students While the vote was being taken, deacons of the Tatnall Square Church turned away Sam Jerry Oni, a Nigerian who came to Baptist - oriented LINOLEUM 574.95 VALUE Includes labor, t AAQC 36! CUndrrldyrmn CIRCUS FLOORS 4D WW nd Ave. Sin MalK "WHERE OUR LOW PRICES WILL FLOOR YOU" distant Jones. Douglas Johnson, the pastor, and Jack W minister of music. All three have advocated an "open door" policy in the church. "My faith has almost been shattered," said Oni, 25. But he vowed he would try again next Sunday to attend services at the church located on the Mercer campus. The church is not university affiliated. Held Vote The church's board of deacons in July voted to dismiss the three clergymen for admitting Negro college students at June 26 services. The students were part of an upward hound program, which gives exceptional low - income high school students college training during the summer. The general membership voted 259 to 89 Sunday to dismiss the three, according to Jerry E. Rodgers, chairman of the deacons. I

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  1. The Times,
  2. 26 Sep 1966, Mon,
  3. Page 6

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