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  • Multiethnic worship caps Charlottesville demonstrations

    August 14 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Multiethnic worship caps Charlottesville demonstrations

    Evangelical pastors in Charlottesville, Va., say a community interracial worship service appeared to be the largest local gathering during what media described as a weekend of peaceful but tense demonstrations in the city. One year after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned violent and left three people dead, an attempted repeat in Washington …

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  • White nationalists meet gospel witness in Va., D.C.

    August 13 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    White nationalists meet gospel witness in Va., D.C.

    On the one-year anniversary of white nationalist protests that left three people dead in Charlottesville, Va., area believers countered the planned Unite the Right rally with worship and repentance. In Washington – where white nationalists planned a first-anniversary repeat of their Aug. 12, 2017, Unite the Right rally – police were on high alert, and Christians requested heightened prayer.

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  • Incoming N.C. gov. negotiates restroom law repeal

    December 21 2016 by Evan Wilt, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Incoming N.C. gov. negotiates restroom law repeal

    After months of angry debate over North Carolina’s restroom law, state lawmakers are planning to repeal it. North Carolina Republicans passed HB2 in response to a Charlotte ordinance that forced city businesses to open their restrooms based on gender identity. Signed in March, HB2 superseded the ordinance before it took effect.

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  • Prayer in troubled Charlotte counters ‘hurt, anger’

    September 23 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Prayer in troubled Charlotte counters ‘hurt, anger’

    “Hurt” and “anger” have met with prayer in troubled Charlotte, N.C., where Southern Baptist pastors are praying and encouraging peace and reason amid violent protests and a declared state of emergency after the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott.

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  • Charlotte churches ask God to bring ‘peace to our city’

    September 21 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 1 comments
    Charlotte churches ask God to bring ‘peace to our city’

    Midweek services for several Southern Baptist churches in the Charlotte area will feature focused times of prayer for the city amid controversy and overnight violence sparked by the shooting death of a black man at the hands of law enforcement officials Sept. 20.

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  • N.C. restroom bill doesn’t deter SBC annual meeting

    September 21 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    N.C. restroom bill doesn’t deter SBC annual meeting

    Amid controversy over North Carolina’s controversial transgender restroom law, Southern Baptist Convention leaders estimate they’re less than two weeks away from finalizing contracts to hold the 2023 SBC annual meeting in Charlotte. And they say they’re glad to support the state for its moral stand on gender and sexuality.

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  • North Carolina legislative wrap-up for 2016

    August 9 2016 by Christian Action League | with 2 comments
    North Carolina legislative wrap-up for 2016

    Ask most anyone to name a law passed in North Carolina this year and you’ll hear about House Bill 2. The high-profile battle between the North Carolina General Assembly, the governor and the Charlotte City Council over who should be allowed in which bathroom thrust the state into the national spotlight.

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  • Charlotte loses NBA All-Star game over ‘bathroom bill’

    July 29 2016 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Charlotte loses NBA All-Star game over ‘bathroom bill’

    Unable to convince North Carolina to repeal a law that requires men and women to use restrooms consistent with the sex listed on their birth certificates, the NBA on July 21 announced it would take its ball – and the 2017 All-Star game – out of Charlotte and move to an as-yet undisclosed venue.

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  • N.C. lawmakers convene early over LGBT ordinance

    March 22 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    N.C. lawmakers convene early over LGBT ordinance

    North Carolina lawmakers were called into a special session March 22 to address the controversial non-discrimination ordinance passed last month in Charlotte. House Speaker Tim Moore and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest made the announcement yesterday, just hours after a coalition of Christian political advocates urged lawmakers to overturn the LGBT policy.

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  • Charlotte council passes LGBT ordinance, expects state overruling

    February 24 2016 by Emily Blake, BR staff writer | with 0 comments
    Charlotte council passes LGBT ordinance, expects state overruling

    After voting down a highly controversial sexual orientation and gender identity ordinance last March, the Charlotte City Council voted again Feb. 22 to pass a similar measure that will require places of “public accommodation” to abide by a non-discrimination policy that includes “marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.”

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  • ‘The Response’ slated for Charlotte

    September 9 2015 by K. Allan Blume, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    ‘The Response’ slated for Charlotte

    The prayer movement known as “The Response” is coming to North Carolina. The groundswell event was born when Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana called for a Day of Prayer for his state. The gathering will be Sept. 26 at the Charlotte Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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  • Charlotte City Council votes down LGBT ordinance

    March 4 2015 by M.H. Cavanaugh, Christian Action League | with 0 comments
    Charlotte City Council votes down LGBT ordinance

    Media reports say the March 2 Charlotte City Council meeting was one of the most contentious in many years. With more than 100 people speaking at the meeting and more than 40,000 emails sent to the City Council concerning the proposal, the ordinance failed by a 6-5 vote.

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  • Charlotte City Council to vote on transgender policy

    February 16 2015 by M.H. Cavanaugh, Christian Action League | with 1 comments
    Charlotte City Council to vote on transgender policy

    Christians across North Carolina are concerned about a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance to be voted on by the Charlotte City Council, February 23. The ordinance would require businesses that work for the city and any “public accommodation” to abide by a non-discrimination policy which includes …

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  • Charlotte churches choose to change, reach community for Christ

    April 12 2012 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Charlotte churches choose to change, reach community for Christ

    Every week on the way to the hospital for visitation Jack Homesley drives through the neighborhood where he spent his childhood. Only now when he drives by Hoskins Avenue Baptist Church in Charlotte, which he remembers as always having a full parking lot, it looks almost empty.

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  • Interview with BSC president nominee

    Mark E. Harris will be nominated for the office of president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC). He is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte. A native of Winston-Salem, he has degrees from Appalachian State University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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