The 9th Episcopal District is honored to welcome The Honorable Robert J. Bentley, the Governor of Alabama, to our Unity Day Rally on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at Noon at the Daniel Payne Community Plaza. Governor Bentley will receive the Inaugural Rosa L. Parks Profile of Courage Award. he will be honored for his moral courage in taking a bold step in removing a divisive symbol of Alabama's history, the Confederate flag. The theme of the rally is "One Nation Under God: Lord, Let It Be."
This is an occasion you should not miss. Every church pastor and church leader in Alabama is expected to be in attendance to bear witness to this historic event. We have an opportunity to articulate the mission of the AME church directly to the Governor of our state. In doing so, we make our voices heard and solidify our relationship with the highest office in Alabama for our present concerns and for future generations. God has positioned our church to take the lead in making out state and our country a better place. Now is the time to seize the blessing.
The rally will feature Bishop John R. Bryant, Senior Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, ecumenical leaders throughout the state of Alabama, elected representatives, and university officials.
I look forward to seeing you and your congregation in Birmingham. We expect no less than 2,000 AMEs from across the state to be in attendance. Please plan to remain for the official opening of the 6th Session of the Northwest Alabama Annual Conference at 4:00p.m., and the Women's Missionary Society Night in White Candlelight Service at 6:30 p.m.
Let us join together with so many others who are ready to stand with the AME Church in unity to make a difference. There is much work to do. The Unity Day Rally is the first step.
Please share the attached flyer with your congregation, family, and friends.