American Baptists, Cooperative Baptists celebrate their links

First national joint worship service
Worship infused with music and missions, cooperation and communion, and doses of laughter marked a historic reunion of Baptists in Washington, D.C.

The American Baptist Churches USA and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship held their first national joint worship service—a long-awaited coming together of Baptists whose shared commitment to missions and Baptist principles once was shattered by slavery.

“This is an awesome God moment,” General Secretary Roy Medley of the ABC told the crowd of almost 4,000 participants, divided almost evenly between representatives of both groups.

The service June 29 in the Washington Convention Center marked the end of the CBF’s annual general assembly and the start of the ABC’s biennial meeting on its 100th anniversary. Program organizers noted the joint session had been five years in planning. Actually, it was 162 years in the making.


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