COLUMBUS, Ohio (compiled by Jennifer Davis Rash) — Southern Baptist messengers voted to commend the Executive Committee (EC) for its report on the progress of racial reconciliation between 1995 and 2015. The commendation came in response to a motion by Alan Cross, a messenger from and pastor of Gateway Baptist Church, Montgomery.
In discussing the motion, Cross thanked the EC for compiling the report and Page for his leadership. “They worked hard,” Cross said. “There is amazing information is in [the report]. … It tells us where were, how far we’ve come and how far we can go.”
The small number of non-Anglo trustees needs to increase, he said, adding, “I want to encourage us to keep working on this.”
The issue of race relations surfaced numerous times during the June 16–17 SBC annual meeting.