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Baptist Minister Is Fired For Preaching Integration minls(cr preaching integration!South. MACON, Ga. (UPl)-A Bap-jin a Southern town," the Rev. -si congregation fired tlsjDr. Thomas J. Holmes said of his dismissal by vote of tho congregation. Turned Away Students While the vote was being aslor and two of his assistants inday for advocating opening hurch services to Negroes. At ie same time, the church cfused admittance to an j taken, deacons of the Talnall frican student who had beeni Square Church turned away onvertecf to Christianity by ou(hern Baptis( missionaries. "I have committed Ihe npardonable sin nf a Southern Sam Jerry Oni, a Niefierian who came to Baptist-oriented Mercer University here in 1(163 despite "Ihe situation" in the Oni, who was detained in at shattered," said Oni, 25. But he police car for about an hour,!vowed he would try again next said the experience nearly:Sunday lo attend services at sheltered his faith. the church located on Ihe Fired from the church staff,Mercer campus. The church is were Or. Holmes, the R e v . i n o t university affiliated. Douglas Johnson, the assistant! Jones,, The Held Vole church's board of dea- pastor, and Jack minister of music. All three have advocated a n , t h e three clergymen for admit"open door" policy in the! ling Negro college students at cons in July voted to dismiss) church. June 26 services. The students Pope Paul VI Marks 69th Birthday Today VATICAN (UPI) - ope Paul VI loday marked his iQlh birlhria;' in apparent good lealth and campaigning vigorously for peace in Viet Norm. "There is no sign lhal the Pope is tiring or that his concern over the slate of the world Is wearing him down," world peace seems lo slir him! throughout the world were tini on Sepl. 26, 1897, in the asked to offer prayers during north Ilalian town of Concesio, | the entire month of October. Pope Paul planned no special observances of his birthday. Seeks Viel Peace The Pope made Ihe call for prayer in issued one t| e n a s \ xcn concentrating [statesmen fully for the past few weeks on Southeast a crusade of prayer for peace becomes (on late." an encyclical he week ago urging lo end Ihe war Asia "before "My faith has almost been]were part if an upward bound program, which gives creep- ional low-income high school students college training during the summer. The general membership voted 259 to 189 Sunday to dismiss the three, according to .Jerry E. Rodgers, chairman of the deacons. "!t has been a test of my faith in a sense, but It has also been a slrengthening of my faith," the Rev. Dr. Holmes said. "This has shown me the importance of preaching the t r u t h . "I don't want to belittle my church," he added. "There are "We cry (o (hem in God'si I f ' i n Viet Nam and the world. An many good people in the church who honestly believe they are | right."

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  1. The Brownsville Herald,
  2. 26 Sep 1966, Mon,
  3. Page 4

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