Clinton visits Philander Smith on presidential campaign trail

Dr. Roderick Smothers Sr., president of Philander Smith College, introduces Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a Sept. 21 campaign rally held in the college’s Sherman E. Tate Recreation Center.  AUM PHOTO BY AMY FORBUS

Dr. Roderick Smothers Sr., president of Philander Smith College, introduces Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a Sept. 21 campaign rally held in the college’s Sherman E. Tate Recreation Center.
AUM PHOTO BY AMY FORBUS

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Sept. 21 made a campaign stop at United Methodist-related Philander Smith College in Little Rock. During her speech before an audience of more than 1,000, she highlighted the college’s United Methodist affiliation and her own United Methodist identity. Fellow United Methodists in the crowd cheered during the moments she spoke of her faith.

“As a United Methodist, I really do think works matter,” she said. “But we believe in grace, and we are saved by it, aren’t we? I also believe we are called upon to demonstrate that grace. You know, one of my favorite quotes on this comes from Saint Francis of Assisi, who said, ‘Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words.’”

Clinton, a former First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State, attended First UMC Little Rock when she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, lived in Little Rock during his terms as as Governor of Arkansas.