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  • They ‘paid a big price’ for racial reconciliation

    February 9 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    They ‘paid a big price’ for racial reconciliation

    Striving for racial reconciliation was costly for some Southern Baptist pastors in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. It cost Jack Kwok his property, Paul Turner a beating by angry segregationists and Thomas Holmes his pastorate. “A lot of guys really paid a big price along the way,” Kwok said, downplaying his own sacrifice.

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  • Floyd voices call for racial unity at Arkansas capitol

    January 17 2018 by Tim Yarbrough, Arkansas Baptist News | with 0 comments
    Floyd voices call for racial unity at Arkansas capitol

    Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, who also serves as president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, issued “A Call to Racial Unity” Jan. 15 at the inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Exclusive on the steps of the Arkansas capitol.

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  • Racism addressed in 10 state convention resolutions

    December 21 2017 by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Racism addressed in 10 state convention resolutions

    A desire for racial reconciliation is on the minds of Southern Baptists across the U.S. as 10 state convention adopted resolutions decrying racism of any form. Other states have addressed the concern in previous years, though tensions in recent years likely motivated a return to the subject this fall.

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  • State conventions denounce racism, white supremacy

    November 20 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    State conventions denounce racism, white supremacy

    Southern Baptists in at least five state conventions have approved resolutions decrying racism or white supremacy. Messengers to the annual meetings of the Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Virginia conventions have passed statements in November addressing the rise of white nationalism and supremacy in the United States.

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  • As protests loom, Tennessee Baptists denounce racism

    October 26 2017 by Lonnie Wilkey, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    As protests loom, Tennessee Baptists denounce racism

    With white supremacist rallies scheduled for this weekend in Tennessee, a mix of ethnically diverse Tennessee Baptists gathered to publicly denounce the white supremacist movement and racism. “We believe it is impossible to stand silently by while the white supremacy movement plans to invade our state ...,” said Randy C. Davis.

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  • Senators promote Solution Sunday, racial understanding

    October 24 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Senators promote Solution Sunday, racial understanding

    For two United States senators, a solution to America’s racial division could start with a meal in a home. Sens. James Lankford of Oklahoma and Tim Scott of South Carolina are continuing to promote the Solution Sunday Initiative, a now 15-month effort to encourage Americans to invite a family of another race into their homes.

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  • Southern Baptists release letter on ‘alt-right’ to Trump

    October 4 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Southern Baptists release letter on ‘alt-right’ to Trump

    A letter drafted by a group of Southern Baptists and others has called on President Donald Trump to denounce clearly the racism of the “alt-right.” The letter urges Trump to go beyond his previous comments and actions to rebuke a movement that “gained public prominence” during his presidential campaign.

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  • C3 event roots racial reconciliation in gospel

    October 2 2017 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer | with 0 comments
    C3 event roots racial reconciliation in gospel

    In the wake of current events marked by racial tension, the Courageous Conversations Conference Sept. 16 at Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount, N.C., sought to provide local churches with a “biblical framework to resolve the racial tensions that prevent addressing the spiritual needs of a community.”

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  • Kansas meat plant, ethnic influx reshape First Baptist

    October 2 2017 by Sue Sprenkle, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kansas meat plant, ethnic influx reshape First Baptist

    Voices sing out – first in English and then Spanish. The transition is smooth as the congregation easily goes back and forth between the languages. “The precious blood of Jesus Christ; Ve ane su trono El Padre te recibirá.” The worship leader, Jonathan Zamora, closes his eyes, relishing multiple cultures praising God together.

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  • Newbell helps children put diversity in gospel focus

    September 28 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Newbell helps children put diversity in gospel focus

    Trillia Newbell required only one experience from teaching a Sunday school class to be convinced she should write a children’s book about God’s view of diversity. “It was such a joy for me to watch the kids think through what it meant to be equally created by God to reflect His image.” ...

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  • Gaines backs call to relocate Confederate statue

    September 15 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Gaines backs call to relocate Confederate statue

    Steve Gaines, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and senior pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., signed a letter to the Tennessee Historical Commission, along with more than 150 Memphis-area religious leaders, expressing support for a call to relocate a Confederate statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest.

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  • Moore, Castellanos, Perkins to tackle tough topics at Rocky Mount event

    Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount, N.C., is hosting an event Sept. 16 called the Courageous Conversations Conference, which will feature plenary sessions, workshops and a panel discussion on issues of race and community outreach. The Biblical Recorder asked speakers about the topics they intend to address at the event.

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  • Teach racial unity early, panelists say

    September 1 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Teach racial unity early, panelists say

    Christian parents should start teaching early and model for their children consistently the Bible’s teaching on ethnic diversity, panelists said at the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s national conference. The guidance came from a diverse panel addressing the topic “All God’s Children: Growing Kids Who Embrace a Biblical View of Racial Unity.”

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  • Gaines, McKissic, others talk race and SBC

    August 23 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Gaines, McKissic, others talk race and SBC

    Evangelicals challenge political leaders who support same-sex marriage and abortion, and they should also stand strongly against vitriolic rhetoric, violence and hatred, pastor Dwight McKissic said in a panel discussion he hosted. Among guests was Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines, who renounced racial and political hatred, saying it has no place in a Christian’s life.

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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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