State's Progressive Baptists plan gathering

The Progressive Oklahoma Baptist Convention will host its annual conference Monday through Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
by Carla Hinton Modified: May 3, 2013 at 4:58 pm •  Published: May 4, 2013
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The new leader of a state religious group said his organization has been busy trying to address social concerns within the community-at-large.

The Rev. James Dorn said the Progressive Oklahoma Baptist Convention also plans to meet in the coming days to discuss many ongoing initiatives.

Dorn, the convention's president, said the organization's annual conference is set for Monday through Wednesday at Faith Memorial Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. A pre-conference youth explosion event will be held Saturday, and a musical is set for Sunday, both at Faith Memorial.

The Progressive Oklahoma Baptist Convention is the state affiliate of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, based in Washington, D.C. Dorn said the Oklahoma convention includes 16 churches across the state, including the church where he is senior pastor, Mount Triumph Baptist, 1716 Abram Ross Ave.

Dorn said he recently was elected to serve a four-year term as the state convention's president. He said in recent months, the convention's churches have already begun several initiatives targeting health care and education in the predominantly black communities they serve.

“Especially in the African-American community, the church is still that central focus point where people receive information and where information is dispersed. It is still a major asset in our community,” Dorn said.

He said he spoke to other state convention clergy about the need to address major concerns in those communities.

“One of the things that I have said to our pastors is that we have a lot of services. Fellowship is great, but when we've got problems in our community where we are the highest community in heart disease and teen pregnancy and dropouts and unemployment, as a faith-based community, we are spiritual leaders that I feel in my heart God has called us, purposed us and empowered us to address those issues.”

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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Fellowship is great, but when we've got problems in our community where we are the highest community in heart disease and teen pregnancy and dropouts and unemployment, as a faith-based community, we are spiritual leaders that I feel in my heart God has called us, purposed us and empowered us to address those issues.”

The Rev. James Dorn,

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