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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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  • 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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