National Baptist Convention Hosting Annual Congress of Christian Education in Detroit This Week


Thousands of Baptists with one of the largest African-American religious groups are holding an annual conference this week at Cobo Center. 

The National Baptist Convention USA is holding their annual Congress of Christian Education with classes, prayer services, and youth rallies that are drawing people from across the U.S. The last time the Congress was held in Detroit was in 2009.

The group is believed to be one of the two largest African-American Christian groups in the U.S., with thousands of members in metro Detroit. Local Baptist pastors will be speaking and participating in the gathering.

The National Baptist Convention USA has usually held conservative views compared to other African-American groups such as the Progressive National Baptist Convention. It opposes same-sex marriage and has emphasized traditional views. Martin Luther King Jr. broke off from the group in 1961 because of its opposition to some of his civil rights work.

In response to the shooting deaths of nine people inside a historic African-American church in Charleston, the president of the National Baptist Convention USA, Jerry Young lamented that “there are no absolute truths or values. Therefore, we have become casualties of situational ethics and contextual moralities.”

In his Friday statement, Young also criticized some leaders for what he called the “divisive tenor and tone of the rhetoric they use when reacting, responding or offering remedies for many of the challenges that confront us here in the 21st Century.”

“All too often, the verbiage used escalates rather than eradicates negativity in thought, word, and deed,” Young said in his statement on Charleston.

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Source: Detroit Free Press | Niraj Warikoo

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