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IMPLEMENTING VATICAN II McDonald to Chair Conference ~, C.aL~l~ew~ rCaalem, ~ 14tlt40 Rtmmelfearb. ~ f~" Several leaders from out-of-state churches came to Arkansas to help. A leader of the Christian Dutch Reformed Church in Michigan told her that Arkansas was the only state doing a better job of wimessing and trying to make a difference in our community. We've still got racism with us and an abundance of incivih't ' Although there are certain issues on which conference mem- r~l~ar~ Rrvieu ~ t~ ce~w~e ~ ~ I~Monsillnor ~o I~r). of American ,. ..... in which they journeyed to bers cannot agree, conference col- lll~lJ ..... '" assist after disasters where leagues of Bishop McDonald say t ,., they found an ecumenical they try to make the most of issues rs t -, group so well organized,on which they agree, such as nur- [ In 1988, the conference turing young people, fighting started the Our House crime and promoting racial har- e- Shelter on Main Street in Little mony. Onference Projects Rock and the Our House training This past summer, the confer- center on Roosevelt Road in Little Conference Membership iet ence sponsored two youth camps. Rock. The Our House programs One camp served 66 Jonesboro are part of a pilot project, unique Conference members are children at the Presbyterian for its sustained support by many "cutting edge people who are so ed l erncliff Center on Highway 10 in church groups. The Catholic sure of their own faith, they are fl ! Little Rock. The other camp Church, one of the largest Our not threatened by other people's it,' t serVed about 100 youth during House supporters, leased the for- faith, and they know how to ,rt- I annual ecumenical choir camp mer Cathedral parish hall for its work together to accomplish of I at Subiaco Abbey. first shelter and donated money things none of us could do by . ] A year ago last spring, a toma- to buy the present shelter, ourselves," Dortch said. / devastated Arkansas on a At the urging of Bishop Rev. Henning added, "We are / SatUrday. The following Monday,McDonald, the conference is all chief executives of our reli- for 1%rfference members met in presently trying to establish gious groups. We understand the ] I ishop McDonald's office to hire a regional interfaith groups around differences in the traditions. We of [ r lief project director and set the state. have respect for them and don't / ,ap an , office to help tornado quibble about them. il i a!gia !ii "Of course, we do have our Remaimng Challenges differences," he continued. Bishop Hicks said challenges "That's why we are who we are. remain for the conference to We differ with great understand- address. "We know we ought to be ing and charity:' tltoliC [ October 24 1998 63 AI ,,