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  • Gaines addresses Patterson, racial diversity, SBC

    May 14 2018 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Gaines addresses Patterson, racial diversity, SBC

    Responding to questions about his committee appointments and controversy involving a Southern Baptist seminary leader, Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Steve Gaines released a statement May 11. Gaines specifically addresses the controversy involving past statements by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson on women, divorce and domestic violence.

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  • LINK Conference: ‘A catalyst toward change’ in multicultural ministry

    On April 13, the Kingdom Diversity Initiative at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted the LINK Conference to discuss how to put multicultural passion into informed practice. Due to racism’s damaging effects, speakers at the conference gave multiple perspectives for how a church can begin breaking down barriers within congregations.

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  • Memphis pastor: Go ‘all in’ for ethnic unity

    April 16 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Memphis pastor: Go ‘all in’ for ethnic unity

    As many churches strive to achieve more ethnic diversity in their pews, they often discover that maintaining unity in a multicultural congregation means hard work. Jason Cook, associate pastor at Fellowship Memphis, said all people have “tribal tendencies” and church leaders must continually “push Christians toward each other.”

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  • Housing discrimination still draws focus 50 years later

    April 13 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Housing discrimination still draws focus 50 years later

    On the 50th anniversary of America’s Fair Housing Act, Baptists noted progress in eliminating race-based housing discrimination while also citing a need for further improvement. Economist and ethicist Craig Mitchell said the volume of housing discrimination today isn’t “anywhere near” what it was “50 years ago or 30 years ago.”

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  • SBC should reflect diverse makeup, MLK50 panelists say

    April 9 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC should reflect diverse makeup, MLK50 panelists say

    Southern Baptists should build on and apply the historic 1995 resolution on racial reconciliation while always being ready to repudiate racism, panelists said April 4 at a conference commemorating civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

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  • Call for diversity in SBC leadership resonates at MLK50

    April 6 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Call for diversity in SBC leadership resonates at MLK50

    Multiple speakers at the MLK50 Conference in Memphis, Tenn., made calls to action for racial unity in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), but Vance Pitman, pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas, specifically charged two of the denomination’s entities to make definitive progress toward ethnic diversity in coming months.

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  • MLK50: Christians must pay price for racial unity

    April 6 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    MLK50: Christians must pay price for racial unity

    Evangelical Christians must be willing to pay the price to gain racial unity, speakers said April 4 at a conference on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The final day of the conference occurred as the country remembered King, who was shot down April 4, 1968.

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  • MLK50 in Memphis to seek ‘repentance and unity’

    April 2 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    MLK50 in Memphis to seek ‘repentance and unity’

    More than 3,600 registrants plan to gather in Memphis to pursue racial unity on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and The Gospel Coalition will co-host the event – “MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop.”

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  • Diversity & churches: Progress being made, study says

    March 22 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Diversity & churches: Progress being made, study says

    Protestant churches may be a little more diverse these days. And that’s a good thing, their pastors say in a new study. Eighty-one percent of Protestant pastors say their congregation is predominantly made up of one racial or ethnic group. That’s down from 86 percent four years ago, according to the study.

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  • Donna Gaines fields questions on racism, ministry

    March 8 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Donna Gaines fields questions on racism, ministry

    Loving your neighbor as yourself is a sure path to overcoming racial prejudice, Southern Baptist women’s minister Donna Gaines said in the March cover article of Today’s Christian Living magazine. Donna Gaines, wife of Southern Baptist Convention president Steve Gaines, was featured on the March cover of Today’s Christian Living magazine.

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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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