Mayor, gov­er­nor, pas­tor plan event

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ARKANSAS -

Mayor Frank Scott Jr. will share a stage with Gov. Asa Hutchin­son on March 1 for a con­ver­sa­tion on race and faith with a Cal­i­for­nia pas­tor.

The event is part of a se­ries, “City Cen­ter Con­ver­sa­tions: Con­ver­sa­tions About God, Faith and Life in the City,” which is put on by Im­manuel Bap­tist Church.

The event will be­gin at 6:30 p.m. and take place in the Wil­liam Grant Still Grand Ball­room of the Robin­son Cen­ter, 426 W. Markham St. Tick­ets are $10 and can be pur­chased at city­cen­ter­con­ver­sa­tion­slr.org/tick­ets/.

D.A. Hor­ton is a “young church planter with a pas­sion for dis­cussing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween faith and race,” ac­cord­ing to a de­scrip­tion on the City Cen­ter Con­ver­sa­tions web­site. He’s pas­tor of Reach Fel­low­ship in Long Beach, Calif.

In a Fri­day Face­book post about the event, Scott said he had “ba­sic, fun­da­men­tal dis­agree­ments” with Hor­ton’s be­liefs re­gard­ing in­clu­sion, but would still par­tic­i­pate. A page on the web­site for Reach Fel­low­ship out­lin­ing the min­istry’s con­vic­tions states that Chris­tians should op­pose ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity.

“I will never be able to de­liver on my prom­ise to unify our city if I only talk to peo­ple who agree with me,” Scott wrote. “Some­times we must be will­ing to be un­com­fort­able in or­der to make progress, but we never have to sac­ri­fice our prin­ci­ples. I will not.”

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