Neville Callam is the General Secretary of the Baptist World Alliance. (For you non-Baptists out there, the BWA is the international collaboration of most of the world’s Baptist conventions and union. Also for you non-Baptists, “General Secretary” is about as close to “Bishop” as we Baptists are generally willing to go.) He is a native of Jamaica, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, and for many years a member of the Faith and Order Commission at the World Council of Churches. Read his column on religious liberty here or more of his bio here.
I met Neville when he was the keynote speaker at the dinner this past summer at which I received the American Baptist Churches’ Mowbray Award for ecumenism. He delivered what was probably the most powerful message about Christian unity that I’ve heard from a Baptist.
I tell you that to invite you to hear Neville Callam here in Raleigh on March 23-24. He will be here for the General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC, preaching on Friday evening and leading a workshop and delivering a communion meditation on Saturday morning. Theme for the meeting is one of the Christian unity’s bedrock passages of scripture: Jesus’ prayer “that they all might be one” (John 17:21).
More information is available here. The General Assembly is open to all, and it is free other than meal costs, which are optional. I’ll hope to see some of you there. And if you are there during the day on Friday, come by the Exhibit Hall, where the NC Council of Churches will be greeting folks.
–George Reed, Executive Director