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Albany church says politics and religion mix

November 3, 2002

Albany- Greater Second Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church members say their church stays politically involved, and they credit their pastor, Lorenzo Heard.

Heard has been pastor of the church for nine years, and he says it's important for his members to realize they have power to make change, and they can exercise their power by voting.

Pastor Lorenzo Heard says he uses his pulpit to encourage his members to be more politically involved and many of his members say they gain inspiration from his messages.

Pastor Heard says critics who say politics shouldn't be brought into the church don't realize that for years, the black church has always been at the political forefront. He says the church has also helped many people make major political decisions.

Greater Second Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church members say they will be at the polls on Tuesday because they say faith combined with political action can only help move their community in the right direction.

Pastor Heard says he was disappointed with the voter turnout in the last election, but he is hopeful that more people will turn out on Tuesday.

Posted at 4:00PM by Jocelyn.Maner@walb.com

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