Sunday, June 2, 2013, will be a friendlier, more cheerful and more affirming day. Gone will be the rancor and demeaning verbiage. Across the nation churches will celebrate the seventh annual “Say Something Nice” Sunday.
The congregation of First Baptist Church, Charleston, SC, the oldest Baptist congregation in the South, passed a resolution calling for at least one day when Christians would not say anything derogatory about any other Christian or Christian body, but instead would say only nice things.
The Rev. Marshall Blalock, pastor of First Baptist Church of Charleston, is enthusiastic in his support of the movement. “Our words express what is in our hearts,” he states.
The Charleston Baptist Association passed the same resolution. The Charleston Atlantic Presbytery joined as did CBF of South Carolina. The first “Say Something Nice” Sunday was celebrated by churches in Charleston County and a scattering of churches throughout the state. The second year more churches joined across the nation. In 2007, the South Carolina Baptist Convention passed a resolution entitled Unity in the Body which supports the idea. The movement received support from Dr. Frank Page, then president of the SBC, and Jim Austin, the SC Baptist executive. In 2009 the Catholic Diocese of Charleston joined and in 2011, the Catholic Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan endorsed the program. Furman University and Spartanburg Methodist College support the celebration. Dr. Molly Marshall, president of Central Baptist Seminary, Dr. Timothy George, president of Samford Divinity School and Dr. Loren Mead, retired Episcopal priest and founder of the Alban Institute, volunteered support.
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