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Calvin Miller, Hawaii pastor headline WMU annual meeting
By Teresa Dickens
     BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--Addresses by noted author Calvin Miller and Hawaii pastor Paul Kaneshiro, along with the recognition of retiring WMU Executive Director Dellanna O'Brien, will highlight the June 13-14 Woman's Missionary Union annual meeting.
     The yearly gathering of WMU members and guests will be held at Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Atlanta on Sunday and Monday prior to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. Sessions begin at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon and conclude Monday evening. The meeting will develop the theme, "Strength for Today, Bright Hope for Tomorrow."
Along with five plenary sessions, the WMU annual meeting schedule also will include five one-hour sessions for leadership training. These sessions will be restricted to registered participants only. The cost is $35 per person prior to May 21. The cost increases to $50 per person after May 21.
     Miller will speak during the Sunday evening session, which begins at 7:30 p.m. He has authored some 35 books including the trilogy, "The Singer," "The Song" and "The Finale." He currently serves as a professor at Samford University's Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala. Earlier, he was a professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, and a pastor in Nebraska.
     Kaneshiro will speak during the Sunday afternoon session, which begins at 2 p.m. A native of Hawaii, he is pastor of Pukalani Baptist Church, Pukalani, Maui, and chaplain for the Maui Police Department. He represents Hawaii on the SBC Executive Committee.
     O'Brien's recognition will be featured during the Monday evening session. She will retire as WMU executive director on Sept. 1, 1999, exactly 10 years after assuming the post. O'Brien  will give her final report to the annual gathering during the Monday morning session.
     National WMU President Wanda Lee will give her address during the Monday afternoon session. She and Janet Hoffman, national recording secretary, will be nominated for their fourth term as national officers during the gathering. They are eligible to serve five years.
     Other program personalities for the two-day gathering include music director Karla Worley of Franklin, Tenn.; a team of international and North American missionaries; and the Wieuca Road Baptist Church choir.

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