Carter: Baptists should focus on being unified

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter is urging Baptists to focus on what they have in common, not on their differences.

Carter spoke Friday at the New Baptist Covenant's Midwest Regional meeting in Norman. His 24-minute speech included snippets about his personal faith, quotations from scripture and discussions he has had, both as president and as a private citizen, with those in other countries.

He says the image many outside the U.S. have of Christians is of a group of people struggling among themselves for positions of authority. He says some believe Christians are incapable of cooperating with each other.

Carter helped found the covenant to bring together congregations from racially, geographically, and theologically diverse organizations. The alliance comprises more than 30 Baptist organizations.

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