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  • Churches looking ‘more like their neighborhoods’

    June 29 2018 by Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Churches looking ‘more like their neighborhoods’

    More American churches are multiracial, but still less so than the neighborhoods surrounding them, a new study shows. A Baylor University study, released June 20, found the percentage of multiracial congregations in the United States nearly doubled. From 1998 to 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, multiracial churches grew …

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  • ‘Pass the Salt’: Racism cure resides with church

    June 15 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Pass the Salt’: Racism cure resides with church

    Racial reconciliation rests at the doorsteps of the church and can only be achieved through the gospel in action, a diverse panel of Baptist pastors said during a trailblazing discussion June 14 on the opening morning of the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in St. Louis.

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  • ‘Embedded racial inequity’ described at NAAF

    March 15 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Embedded racial inequity’ described at NAAF

    At the National African American Fellowship’s spring symposium March 2 in Memphis, Tenn., LifeWay Christian Resources executive Mark Croston shared an example of what he termed “embedded racial inequity.” He went on to offer concise steps toward “Racial reconciliation and Beyond: Breaking the Barriers.”

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  • Love God by loving others, NAAF symposium urges

    March 11 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Love God by loving others, NAAF symposium urges

    A cross-cultural group of Southern Baptist pastors and denominational leaders received spiritual edification and practical knowledge about racial reconciliation, politics and personal holiness at the National African American Fellowship’s Kingdom Symposium in Memphis, Tenn. The March 2 meeting at Kingdom Center Ministries sought to encourage pastors and leaders in personal holiness and ...

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  • SBTS panel spotlights racial reconciliation

    February 24 2016 by Robert Chapman, SBTS | with 0 comments
    SBTS panel spotlights racial reconciliation

    Southern Baptists must consider racial reconciliation as important as abortion and same-sex marriage, said leaders and pastors at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary during a Feb. 17 forum. The forum, which was held at the seminary's campus in Louisville, Ky., followed the Southern Baptist Convention's Racial Reconciliation Sunday, Feb. 14.

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  • Luter, on race relations, sees church as unifier

    February 19 2016 by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS | with 0 comments
    Luter, on race relations, sees church as unifier

    Race relations issues have not improved since the election of the first African-American U.S. president, but the church can lead in modeling reconciliation, said Fred Luter Jr., immediate past president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the first African American to hold the position.

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  • Racial reconciliation: Nev. Baptists ‘being proactive’

    February 16 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Racial reconciliation: Nev. Baptists ‘being proactive’

    Two years ago, the Nevada Baptist Convention elected its first non-Anglo president; one of the convention’s largest churches has made secular news headlines for its ministry of racial reconciliation; and the convention’s Ethnic Study Ad Hoc Committee has helped develop new ways to assist ethnic pastors in reaching their communities.

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  • SBC celebrates racial reconciliation progress

    February 15 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC celebrates racial reconciliation progress

    As Southern Baptists mark the 56th annual Racial Reconciliation Sunday Feb. 14, Emmanuel McCall, the first black man to hold leadership position in the SBC, notes “great progress” has been made in establishing relationships between blacks and whites and among the various ethnicities active in Southern Baptist life.

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  • 7 ways to pray for racial reconciliation

    February 2 2016 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    7 ways to pray for racial reconciliation

    Sunday, Feb. 14 has been designated as Racial Reconciliation Sunday by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission encourages us “to place any thoughts of racial or ethnic prejudice at the foot of the cross.” Several pastors from across North Carolina contributed the following prayers ...

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  • Floyd: ‘Pulpit swaps’ foster racial unity

    January 27 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Floyd: ‘Pulpit swaps’ foster racial unity

    Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd and National Baptist Convention President Jerry Young are featured in a Jan. 24 New York Times article on their continued efforts to bring racial healing in the U.S. through the gospel of Christ. “We’re going to encourage our pastors to swap pulpits,” said Floyd.

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  • Floyd, Young urge racial unity in CNN editorial

    November 10 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Floyd, Young urge racial unity in CNN editorial

    Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd and National Baptist Convention President Jerry Young authored a joint CNN editorial Nov. 9 urging pastors to proclaim racism a sin and initiate conversations on racial unity at Mission Mississippi’s annual racial reconciliation summit Nov. 4.

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  • Racism Satan’s tool, Floyd tells Baptists

    November 6 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Racism Satan’s tool, Floyd tells Baptists

    Racism is from Satan and his demonic forces, and the only hope for its defeat is the church of Jesus Christ united across societal divisions, Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd told a culturally diverse group in Mississippi Nov. 4. Hundreds were gathered at Mission Mississippi’s racial reconciliation celebration …

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  • Mississippi event to focus on racial unity

    October 27 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Mississippi event to focus on racial unity

    God’s church must take the lead in achieving racial unity as the United States deals with a deepening crisis of racially polarizing events, Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd has said in advance of a Nov. 4 racial reconciliation celebration in Jackson, Miss.

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  • No reconciliation without cross, NAAF guest says

    October 15 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    No reconciliation without cross, NAAF guest says

    Gus Roman, a longtime pastor and member of the predominantly black National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., and David Waltz, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania/South Jersey, addressed the issue of racial reconciliation at the Kingdom Symposium of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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  • NAAF affirms ‘living holy & clean in 2015’

    October 15 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    NAAF affirms ‘living holy & clean in 2015’

    Christians can lead holy lives by the same power the Apostle Paul called on in his struggle between the flesh and the Spirit recorded in Romans 7, immediate past Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter told worshippers at a Philadelphia gathering of black Southern Baptist pastors and leaders.

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