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The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference: Postcard from New Orleans
Monday, February 11, 2008


February 12, 2008 | bpfna

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference is a national gathering of predominately African American clergy, lay leaders, and seminarians who are concerned with a wide variety of social justice issues.  The fifth annual conference is being held this week in New Orleans.  BPFNA staff members Evelyn Hanneman and Bob Spinks are hosting a booth in the exhibit hall.  Here is a report from them as to their opening day experience...

Fresh from the winter meeting of the BPFNA Board of Directors in Dallas last week, we arrived in New Orleans Sunday evening and set up our booth for the conference this morning (Monday).  We were delighted to find that our across-the-corridor neighbor was Michael-Ray Mathews, until recently the senior pastor at Grace Baptist Church in San Jose, CA, a BPFNA  Partner Congregation.  Michael-Ray is now Director of Outreach and Recruitment for PICO National Network, a network of community organizations that work together on problems facing urban, suburban, and rural communities across America.

Although the Proctor Conference didn't officially begin until this evening, there were several preliminary events that attracted numerous participants and provided considerable traffic in the exhibit area.  Since we're meeting in New Orleans, the focus of our exhibit is our partnership in Churches Supporting Churches (CSC) and our work in rebuilding the churches of the city.  We kept the new CSC video playing on our display table and have a variety of information and material about CSC available for visitors.  We're pleased that a number of pastors of CSC churches have agreed to join us at our booth this week and to be witnesses to the importance of the work we're doing together.  We very much appreciate the good help we received today from Pastors Charles and Thirawer Duplessis, Sam Johnson, and Otto Duncan.  Others are scheduled to be with us throughout the remainder of the conference.

We're always grateful for opportunities to share information about the Fellowship and to make new friends.  The next few days offer a chance for us to connect with an important constituency that can be of help to us, as well.   We're looking forward to it.


Evelyn and Bob

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