April is the time when hope springs eternal whether in love or in business.
With 5,000 members of the international Church of God in Christ in town over the next 2.5 days, highlighted by their installation and inauguration service on Monday night, there is an opportunity for Memphis City government to refresh old ties in the hope of creating new ones.
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"This event is every quadrennial; this event is conducted in Memphis," said Bishop David Allen Hall, Sr. "This is the headquarters of the church and it's just right this should be conducted here in the city. On tonight's program, they will be reading the scripture in Portuguese and in French. The church is in countries such as Malawi, Angola and Brazil where it's really going strong."
It would appear the possibility of one of the world's largest religious denominations ever returning en masse with its annual convocation event to the Bluff City is remote. St. Louis, with its convention space and hotel room advantages, will be happily rolling out the red carpet for COGIC again this fall. But, that's not to say, every time the church's general board and its presiding Bishop Charles Blake make a pilgrimage back to its native home, we shouldn't try to play on their heartstrings. After all, "wishin' and hopin'" doesn't cost a thing.
"It is our fondest desire for the Church of God in Christ to return to Memphis for its convocation," Bishop Hall said. "There are numbers of things that have to be done and the general board and our presiding bishop their leadership team, of course they are addressing these matters."
There's no doubt new board member, Bishop Porter, is among those trying to keep the door ajar to other possibilities like the city hosting the well-attended annual women's conference.
"That's on the table right now and being that I'm a new general board member, I'm going to push it over and over again," Bishop Porter said.
What better time to push toward some new arrangement, while we still have spring on our side?