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  • Amid Charlottesville turmoil, Baptists active in outreach

    August 17 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Amid Charlottesville turmoil, Baptists active in outreach

    As alternative-right white supremacists and others flooded Charlottesville, Va., to protest the removal of a Confederate statue, Southern Baptists were already actively promoting racial harmony in the small community where former mayor Alvin Edwards has pastored 36 years. Edwards had already organized the Charlottesville Clergy Collective to build unity among faith leaders in the region.

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  • NY Times op-ed spurs discussion of race and the SBC

    July 31 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    NY Times op-ed spurs discussion of race and the SBC

    A black Oklahoma minister’s New York Times op-ed “renouncing [his] ordination in the Southern Baptist Convention” has drawn responses from a range of African Americans who say they will continue to cooperate with the convention as it pursues racial reconciliation. Meanwhile, the op-ed’s author, Lawrence Ware, explained his views in an interview with Baptist Press.

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  • SBC denounces ‘alt-right white supremacy’

    June 16 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC denounces ‘alt-right white supremacy’

    Messengers to the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting denounced “alt-right white supremacy” in a nearly unanimous vote June 14 after a tumultuous day of refusing to address the issue. It appeared maybe fewer than 10 messengers in the Phoenix Convention Center hall voted in the afternoon session against a resolution on “the anti-gospel of alt-right white supremacy.”

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  • Resolution against ‘alt right’ prompts NAAF statement

    June 16 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Resolution against ‘alt right’ prompts NAAF statement

    Calling the resolution denouncing “alt-right white supremacy” the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) “strongest statement to date” condemning racism, the president of the SBC’s fellowship of African American pastors offered to help churches and entities overcome the evil. Byron Day expressed hope that the resolution was only a first step.

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  • Racial unity in SBC focus of new book

    June 6 2017 by S. Craig Sanders, SBTS | with 0 comments
    Racial unity in SBC focus of new book

    A new book co-edited by two African-American faculty members at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary aims to equip Southern Baptists for healing racial wounds in the denomination, which was founded in 1845 in a split from Northern Baptists so slaveholding families could serve on the mission field.

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  • SWBTS apologizes for Twitter photo

    April 27 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SWBTS apologizes for Twitter photo

    Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has “deeply” apologized for a photograph posted by faculty members on social media featuring some of the seminary’s preaching professors dressed as hip hop artists. Among responses to the photo on social media were allegations it evidenced racial prejudice.

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  • Messianics to gather with Arab Baptists

    April 26 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Messianics to gather with Arab Baptists

    Jewish and Arab believers will celebrate their common faith in Christ at the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship (SBMF) meeting in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Phoenix. SBMF members and guests will convene Sunday, June 11 at First Arabic Baptist Church in Phoenix.

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  • ‘MLK50’ conference set on anniversary of King’s death

    April 6 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘MLK50’ conference set on anniversary of King’s death

    A racial unity conference on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has been announced by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and The Gospel Coalition. The event will focus on the status and pursuit of racial unity in the American church and culture.

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  • Pastors’ approach to race issues studied

    March 31 2017 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Pastors’ approach to race issues studied

    Most Protestant senior pastors say their church is open to hearing about racial reconciliation, a study released by LifeWay Research suggests. And pastors seem to prefer personal relationships and prayer when it comes to addressing matters of race. Those are among the findings of a study about pastors, churches and racial reconciliation.

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  • SBC’s ethnic diversity leaves EC ‘grateful to God’

    March 1 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC’s ethnic diversity leaves EC ‘grateful to God’

    A review of ethnic participation in Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) life left a workgroup of the Executive Committee encouraged at the progress and eager for increased diversity. Reports submitted “show intentionality … of each one of our entities to provide resources and opportunities for involvement of our ethnic churches and church leaders,” Jim Gregory said.

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  • 1957 SBC president drew MLK’s praise for stand

    January 16 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    1957 SBC president drew MLK’s praise for stand

    Though Southern Baptists were not known for their advocacy of racial justice 60 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. once told a fellow black Baptist minister that the 1957 Southern Baptist Convention president “suffered with us” in the cause of civil rights. King’s reference was to the late Brooks Hays who served as SBC president.

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  • Tar Heel community comes ‘Together As One’

    August 12 2016 by Chrysta Carroll, Bladen Journal | with 0 comments
    Tar Heel community comes ‘Together As One’

    A “Together As One” event was planned by Clark’s Chapel AME Zion Church – a predominantly black church – and Tar Heel Baptist Church – whose congregation is mostly white – to bring together a diverse group of believers in Tar Heel to fellowship and worship together and to unite for a common goal.

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  • Racial unity, prayer, missions, culture at SBC in June

    March 16 2016 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Racial unity, prayer, missions, culture at SBC in June

    “A National Conversation on Racial Unity in America” will be among the highlights of the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in St. Louis. The emphasis will take place during the Tuesday morning session. Among the featured speakers will be Jerry Young, and Marshall Blalock.

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  • Selma’s faith community seeks racial healing

    October 2 2015 by Anna Keller, The Alabama Baptist | with 0 comments
    Selma’s faith community seeks racial healing

    When Jerry Light moved to Selma to become pastor of First Baptist Church, he was surprised that only two African-American churches identified as Southern Baptist. Light and First Baptist began making a concerted effort to reduce some of the divides in Selma, a city where more than 75 percent are African American.

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  • Mississippi worship & dialogue bridge racial lines

    September 29 2015 by William H. Perkins Jr., Mississippi Baptist Record | with 0 comments
    Mississippi worship & dialogue bridge racial lines

    First Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss., hosted “Stronger Together – A Night of Unity” Aug. 25 to honor the witness of Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., where a gunman killed the pastor and eight others at an evening Bible study. The Stronger Together service featured messages by Ronnie Floyd ...

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