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The 42nd Annual Assembly of the Louisiana Interchurch Conference was held at the Bishop Tracy Center on March 5th & 6th, 2012, in Baton Rouge, LA, with 70 persons in attendance. 

The Theme: "Vatican II, A gift to the Ecumenical Movement:  Past, Present and Future"

centered around the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II.


The L.I.C. elects a

new President each March.

We welcome our new President for the March, 2012 - March, 2013 session:

Rev. Samuel C. Tolbert, Jr.

of the

Louisiana Home & Foreign Mission Baptist State Convention


On Tuesday morning the little Chapel at the Bishop Tracy Center was packed as we began our day with Morning Prayer and a meditation led by Bishop

Darryl B. Starnes of the Southwestern Delta Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal

Zion Church.  He spoke on “Preserving the Unity of the Spirit”, with the conclusion that what is at stake is the credibility of our message about Jesus Christ.



Welcome to our new delegates!.

New delegates having an orientation lunch with some of our ecumenical leaders.


Rev. Larry Miller, Treasurer, was pleased to report the 2012 budget is much better than was previously anticipated.

Assembly Delegates approved asking member Judicatories to consider a 2.5% increase in their giving to the L.I.C. for the year of 2013.   A letter will go out shortly to the membership Leaders, asking them to consider this when planning for the upcoming year.



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The 42nd LIC Annual Assembly

March 5th-6th, 2012

Baton Rouge

Msgr. John Radano, speaker

Msgr. Radano

  The keynote speaker was The Rev. Msgr. John A. Radano, Ph.D., former faculty member and Chair of Seton Hall University’s Department of Religious Studies, New Jersey.   

   From 1984-2008, Msgr. Radano served on the Pontifical Council For Promoting Christian Unity, Vatican City, and headed its western section.  

His first address, on Monday was: “The Second Vatican Council:  A Catholic Event, and a Major Step in the Ecumenical Movement”.  His Tuesday address was: “The Second Vatican Council:  Its lasting contributions to the Ecumenical Movement”.  


    Click here for presentation info. from Msgr. Radano.

The Most Rev. Michael G. Duca, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Shreveport, presided over the meetings.  Assembly Delegates elected officers and board members, as well as heard reports and reviewed resolutions. 

Mr. Rob Gorman, Chair of the Bread or Stones (Public Policy) Task Force gave an update on the initiative involving the churches’ commitment to work with others to reduce child poverty in Louisiana.   Three Judicatories and Church Women United endorsed the Bread or Stones Resolution at this Assembly:

AME Zion Church, Bishop Darryl B. Starnes
Church Women United, Mrs. Mary Collins
Roman Catholic Diocese of Shreveport, Bishop Michael Duca

Louisiana Home & Foreign Missions Baptist State Convention, Rev. Samuel Tolbert, Jr.


In the Business Sessions, Rev. Joe Hill was elected as the new President-Elect, and Rev. Rosemary Stelz elected to fill the Regional Coordinator vacancy caused by Rev. Hill taking a new position. 

Assembly Delegates passed two Resolutions: an Immigration related resolution, and a Gulf Coast related environmental resolution (please click on the underlined links for full copy).

Evening Worship
Thanks to all who participated in the evening Ecumenical Worship Service

held on Monday evening, March 5th, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge. 

The Most Rev. Robert W. Muench, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge, preached the sermon.  He spoke of the ecumenical movement and Vatican II and told a story related to the new Pope's instigation of this.  When the Pope was asked "why" he wanted to do this, the Pope went to a window and opened it wide, saying "We need some fresh air in the Church".

The service included installation of the officers, with Rev. Samuel C. Tolbert, of the Louisiana Home & Foreign Mission Baptist State Convention being installed as the new President of the L.I.C.

Special honor was also given to the Rev. Charles Dana “Dan” Krutz, to mark his 20th Anniversary in service as the Executive Director of the L.I.C.   Several persons gave short speeches and Rev. Francis Williams, having known Fr. Dan from the start, gave us a history loaded with accolades of Fr. Dan's work with the L.I.C.

 Rev. & Mrs. Herman Kelly

Congratulations were noted for the Rev. Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr., who has been nominated for induction into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College Rev. Kelly is active in the L.I.C. and serves on the Board of Directors as a Designate for African Methodist Episcopal Church – 8th Episcopal District.  

Almost $1,000 was raised for the Endowment Fund for Christian Unity – thank you for your generosity! 

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