Zion Baptist Church on Sunday was loaded and hot, nearly every pew full.
This by itself is not unusual for a Sunday, but seeing white and black worshippers sitting side by side was a little different.
“(First Baptist Church) Pastor (Tom) Bayes and I had talked about how Sunday mornings were one of the most segregated times in America,” said Pastor Samuel Duren of Zion Baptist. “We don’t feel like that has to be that way, and so we decided to join the worship services.”
Zion Baptist, a predominantly black church, and First Baptist, a predominantly white church, are separated by only a few blocks, but the two had never really come together until recently.