527 North Boulevard - 4th Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

An Ecumenical Worship Service

was held on the evening of Sept. 28th at

Bethel AME Church

Our thanks to the Rev. Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr., hosting Pastor, and the congregation of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1358 South Street, Baton Rouge, LA. 

Rev. Herman Kelly and Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry

 The Rt. Rev. Carolyn Tyler Guidry, Bishop of the 8th Episcopal District of the AME Church, preached the sermon, with other speakers contributing to the service as well.  

Our appreciation goes out to all of them!  

      Pictured above are: 

Bishop Thomas Brown (of the CME Church), with Roman Catholics: Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Bishop Michael Jarrell, & Bishop Robert Muench in background. 

Almost 200 persons attended the service



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Fall Board Meeting

 September 28th and 29th, 2009

 Theme: “Neither Jew nor Greek…”(Galatians 3:28), The Church, Race and Inclusion.

Almost 50 Louisiana religious leaders and lay persons gathered for the Fall Board Meeting of the Louisiana Interchurch Conference on Monday, September 28th through Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 in Baton Rouge.  


Alex Mikulich

Dr. Alex Mikulich as keynote speaker, discussed racial justice and the subtleties of white privilege.  Click here for a printable copy of his presentation.   Dr. Mikulich is a racism expert from the Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI) at Loyola University in New Orleans.    
Board member Rev. Herman Kelly, Jr., Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, and a Professor at LSU, gave his family’s testimony of the challenges they have faced in these areas. 

Rev. Dr. Herman

O. Kelly, Jr.

Mrs. Anna Chavez

Immigration presentations made by Mrs. Anna Chavez (Migration Specialist from JSRI) and Mr. Marco Balducci ( staff immigration attorney at Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (CCANO).

Mr. Marco Balducci, Atty

Heart wrenching stories were told of individuals and families who have faced migratory difficulties and we were encouraged to look at them as people, rather than as ‘aliens’.

Click here for a resource booklet on the Migration/Poverty/Racism Conference held at Loyola University 10/28/09 through 11/17/09

   President-elect Bishop Thomas Brown presided over the meeting, as Dr. Alan Cutter has resigned from the Presidency.   In his report, Dr. Cory Sparks spoke of the Baton Rouge area becoming seafront property unless the coastal erosion is stopped, among other environmental concerns.  Bishop Brown gave thanks in the closing prayer for God bringing us out of our comfort zone and reminding us of the needs represented at the meeting regarding racism, immigration, and environmental issues.  

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