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Fall Board Meeting

Sept. 17-18, 2012


Business Session Highlights:


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Rob Gorman, Chair of the Bread or Stones/Public Policy Task Force

A Bread or Stones (TWO) Resolution was presented, edited, and approved, for presentation to the Judicatories.     This 2nd resolution included:  updated child well being statistics, a new Whereas recognizing that Louisiana has improved in some areas, a commitment to the Bread or Stones Campaign, and a Resolved section with goals based on the consensus in the August 23rd Bread or Stones Committee meeting. It also calls upon the LIC as an organization, individual member denominations and local their churches to support the campaign.  

  (The first such Resolution was presented and approved in March of 2011.)  


Mrs. Betty Puckett

Recognition of our Farmer's Advocate, Mrs. Betty Puckett - who is retiring soon (at the end of the year).   She has graciously consented to help us on an as-needed basis though, as individual Farmer needs arise.


Some of the Board Members considering the budget

Some of the Board Members considering the Budget.

The 2013 Budget was presented, edited, and approved.  

Recognizing the difficulties of balancing the budget given the economics of these times, the Rev. Sam Tolbert, as President of the Louisiana Home & Foreign Mission Baptist State Convention stepped up with an additional pledge for 2013, in order to avoid further budget cuts.  Our appreciation to the Rev. Tolbert and the LHFMBSC!   Our sincere thanks as well to the Rev. Larry Miller, who also contributed to help with the final amount needed to balance for 2013.


Bishop Ronald Herzog appointed Chair of the Faith and Order CommissionBishop Herzog has agreed to Chair the Commission to fill the vacancy left by Bishop Bruce MacPherson’s retirement.   Thank you for your service!


CRNO update.   The LIC has finished out the fiscal sponsorship of Christian Renewal New Orleans.  CRNO has become self-sufficient as a 501c(3) organization.   Well done!   The LIC will continue to publicize CRNO events.


Ms. Roseanne Gillespie of the Wesley Center in Woodworth, LA was a guest presenter at the Tuesday Business Session.

The Wesley Center has graciously hosted the LIC in the past.   They have been facing some funding cuts and Ms. Gillespie came to expound on the beauties and benefits of holding retreats/meetings at the Wesley Center.  For more info. go to: www.thewesleycenter.com/

Our thanks to the Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau for providing a door prize bucket containing Louisiana products.
Rev. John McClelland (of the Presbytery of the Pines), was the lucky winner of the door prize.   He and his wife, Judy, will enjoy it!



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Held at the Catholic Diocesan Center in Shreveport, LA

Front view of Catholic Diocese Center in Shreveport

Entrance Area-Catholic Diocesan Ctr, Shreveport, LA

“Demographics and the Millennials: Shaping the Future of the Church”


Over 40 persons from around the state met in Shreveport for the Fall Board Meeting of the Louisiana Interchurch Conference.   Guests were invited to all Speaker Sessions, as well as to the Ecumenical Worship Service held on the evening of September 17th.  The Rev. Samuel C. Tolbert, Jr., President of the Louisiana Home & Foreign Mission Baptist State Convention, and President of the L.I.C., presided over the meetings. 

Our thanks to Bishop Michael Duca and all of the staff at the Catholic Diocesan Center for their wonderful hospitality.  They made us feel very welcome!

Pictured above: (on left) Rev. Sam Tolbert, LIC President, and (on right), Bishop Michael Duca, Immediate Past President of LIC.   The Bishop brought greetings & gave us a history of the Diocesan Center.

The Keynote Speaker was the The Rev. Dr. Eileen W. Lindner The first speaker session included thoughts on "By the Numbers:  A Quantitative Look at the American Religious Landscape". (*Click here for slides from Power Point presentation.) 

The 2nd session wasMillennials and their influence on moral issues, as well as their outlook and spiritual values”. (*Click here for slides from 2nd Power Point presentation.)   Dr. Lindner managed to mix in a good dose of humor while dealing with these complex issues.    


The Rev. Dr. Eileen Lindner

Pastor of The Presbyterian Church at Tenafly,

in New Jersey, & former Director of Organizational Development and Deputy Secretary of the National Council of Churches USA.

A few pictures during the meeting...

An Evening of Worship Together:

Our thanks to Rev. & Mrs. William Banks and the members of Williams Memorial Temple CME Church for hosting the evening Ecumenical Worship Service

on September 17th, 2012.


Rev. & Mrs. Banks, and an outside picture of the Church,

located on Peabody Street, in Shreveport               


Bishop Michael Duca preached the sermon. Among his sermon points, he noted that Conversion is a continuous part of our life, and that we must build our conversion on a solid rock - the the Gospel of Jesus Christ.   He also noted that building a Church based on needs doesn't work.  We must have Mission first, and then God will meet the needs in miraculous ways.   He encouraged all to find new energy and hope to go out and proclaim the good news to all the world.

on left:  Rev. Samuel Tolbert, Jr., current President of the LIC, and President of the Louisiana Home and Foreign Mission Baptist State Convention,

with Rev. Michael Jiles, also of LHFMBSC.

Thanks to all of our Worship Service Program Participants:

Rev. Dr. Wayne Carter, Rev. Gregory Gyce, Fr. Dan Krutz, Pastor Janee Jarrell, Rev. Sam Tolbert, Rev. William Banks, Rev. Erica Jenkins, and Bishop Michael Duca.


And thanks to all who contributed to the offering for the

Endowment Fund for Christian Unity.  

Over $400.00 was raised!

And bright and early the next morning, (following a continental breakfast provided by Bishop Duca - thank you!!), we had our morning prayer service in the Chapel at the Catholic Diocesan Center.

Fr. Dan Krutz gave the meditation, with Madre Annie Bates officiating.

Additional note:  Wedding bells will be in the air - Madre Bates plans to be married in November.   Congratulations to she and Mr. Etheredge!!!

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