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Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Rice The Organizer

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By Devry Jones, March 11, 2018
1. Rice The Organizer Marker
Inscription.  Luther Rice has been described as a denominational statesman. His critics--and they were many--would probably have labeled him a "Baptist politician"! Rice had the traits both of the polished diplomat and the grass-roots office seeker. He was equally at ease with the cultured city pastor and the illiterate backwoodsman. However, his persuasive efforts were always directed toward a single end: to win men and women to the support of missions.

Rice realized at the beginning of his effort to secure financial backing for the Burman Mission that interested individuals must be brought together in missionary societies. Shared information, concerted prayer, co-operative giving made these groups flourish and often caused the seed of mission concern to be planned and to germinate in what had formally been barren soil.

The peculiar genius of Luther Rice as an organizer is revealed in his plan of bringing together representatives of societies and other interested bodies in a single national organization to foster missions. The immediate result of this plan was the formation of the General Convention of the Baptist Denomination in the
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By Devry Jones, March 11, 2018
2. Rice The Organizer Marker
United States for Foreign Missions (The Triennial Convention).

Rice felt that the Triennial Convention should promote Christian education and religious publications, as well as foreign and home missions. In this he anticipated the type of organization later adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention with its various boards entrusted with different phases of denominational work.
Erected by District of Columbia Baptist Convention.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionCommunicationsEducation.
Location. 39° 1.896′ N, 77° 1.307′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on University Boulevard West (Maryland Route 193) north of Eisner Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 801 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring MD 20901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rice The Educator (here, next to this marker); Luther Rice (here, next to this marker); Rice The Journalist (here, next to this marker); Rice The Missionary (a few steps from this marker); Rachel Carson (approx. 0.8 miles away); Burnt Mills (approx.
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0.8 miles away); The Rachel Carson Greenway (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Fall Line and the Gorge (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 11, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 11, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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