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Church Whose Mission Is ‘Lifting People’ Fires Pastor for Speaking Up for Black Lives

The bishop of a Mississippi church says he was ousted for his role in recent rallies standing up to injustices and racial inequality.

“This has deeply hurt us. Because this is people we’ve poured three and half years of our lives into. We’ve been through weddings, weddings of their children, baptisms,” said Bishop Volland.

A vision of diversity – that’s what Bishop Scott Volland had in mind when he and his wife started leading The Heights in Columbus.

Volland has been very vocal about racial inequality in our nation and state, even participating in local rallies. But since the nation’s eyes are now turning to Lowndes County, it’s something he says some in the church don’t agree with him doing.

“They said that what I was doing was shedding a negative light on the church. I was told my views didn’t reflect many of the views in that church. They, in fact, did not only disagree with me being involved but in many cases disagreeing with what I was saying.”

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