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  • Multiethnic worship caps Va. weekend demonstrations

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 13, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- Evangelical pastors in Charlottesville, Va., say a community interracial worship service appeared to be the largest local gathering during what media described as a weekend of peaceful but tense demonstrations in the city.

    One year after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned violent and left three people dead, an attempted repeat in Washington of the Unite the Right rally Aug. 12 drew fewer than 40 white nationalists and was dwarfed by counterprotestors, according to media reports. Read More

  • White nationalists to meet Gospel witness in Va., D.C.

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 10, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- On the one-year anniversary of white nationalist protests that left three people dead in Charlottesville, Va., area believers plan to counter any resurgence of racism with worship and repentance.

    In Washington -- where white nationalists are planning a first-anniversary repeat of their Aug. 12, 2017, Unite the Right rally -- police are on high alert, and Christians are requesting heightened prayer.

    Marshal Ausberry, president of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention, said D.C. and Virginia believers will engage in "a lot of reflection and a lot of praying this weekend" for safety and harmony at rallies and other public gatherings. Read More

  • Race relations gets 'Shrink the Divide' insights

    by Rhoda Pickett/The Alabama Baptist, posted Friday, July 27, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    MOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- Messages emphasizing relationship and friendship as a way to combat racial strife were set forth to more than 1,600 ministers, church members, youth and senior citizens during a "Shrink the Divide" gathering in Mobile, Ala.

    As ushers in gray T-shirts with Shrink the Divide in white letters handed out programs and directed visitors to seats in the Mobile Civic Center Theater, the atmosphere took on the feel of a worship service. A praise band shared several songs including one with the words, "There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain." Read More

  • NAMB highlights core ministries & racial relations

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- "We are here for you," Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, said in opening his presentation to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention. "We are grateful for you. We are eager to partner with you to push back lostness in North America."

    NAMB celebrated the work of missionaries and shared new mission opportunities at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas on Tuesday afternoon (June 12). Ezell provided updates about collegiate church planting and a new resource NAMB has created to help churches foster racial reconciliation in their communities, then closed by speaking about military chaplaincy. Read More

  • Their 'consciences were exercised' over U.S. 'crisis'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- As Sen. Robert Kennedy lay dying from an assassin's bullets and more than 100 U.S. cities smoldered from race riots following Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted what may have been its strongest statement to date on racial justice.

    On the statement's 50th anniversary, Southern Baptists -- black and white -- who were involved in convention life in 1968 say the "Statement Concerning the Crisis in Our Nation" remains relevant for believers seeking to confront injustice in American culture. Read More

  • Starbucks, Roseanne create John 13:34 opportunity

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Amid news of Starbucks diversity training and the cancellation of ABC's "Roseanne" over a racist tweet by its star, two African American Southern Baptists have noted ways to increase cultural sensitivity among followers of Christ.

    "Some basic commonsense practices and beliefs" need to become "universal," said Ken Weathersby, the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee's vice president for convention advancement. "We ought to seek to understand before we can be understood, and we need to treat others ... Read More

  • Scott & Gowdy voice hope via 'unlikely friendship'

    by Michael E. Young, posted Monday, April 23, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    PLANO, Texas (BP) -- The call came at the end of a sticky summer day, shortly after U.S. Sen. Tim Scott had returned to his office following dinner with his closest friend in Congress, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy.

    There had been a shooting in Charleston, S.C. A white gunman entered a Wednesday evening Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a predominantly black congregation, and opened fire. Details were sketchy, but there was little doubt the attack was racially motivated. Read More

  • Housing discrimination still draws focus 50 years later

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- 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 told Baptist Press the volume of housing discrimination today isn't "anywhere near" what it was "50 years ago or 30 years ago" thanks in part to the Fair Housing Act signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on April 11, 1968.

    The bill outlawed discrimination in rental, sale and financing of housing based on race, religion and national origin. Read More

  • Association disfellowships church over racism charges

    by Joe Westbury/Christian Index, posted Wednesday, April 04, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    ALBANY, Ga. (BP) -- What began as a harmonious relationship between a declining Anglo church and a growing African American church plant in Georgia ended when Mallary Baptist Association disfellowshipped Raleigh White Baptist Church on grounds of racism.

    After two years of intervention by the association and the Georgia Baptist Mission Board between the church and New Seasons Church, the association's Executive Committee voted unanimously April 3 to remove the church from its membership and return all monies contributed this year. Read More

  • Racial reconciliation is college's day-long topic

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Tuesday, March 06, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Marilyn Stewart
    CLINTON, Miss. (BP) -- Supernatural unity of the heart is the key to racial reconciliation, speakers said at a day-long event sponsored by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Mississippi College.

    As part of Mississippi College's annual Evangelism Lectures, NOBTS President Chuck Kelley and Ken Weathersby, vice president for convention advancement with the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, spoke on unity for the sake of the Gospel in the morning chapel service.

    "We very naturally seek out people like us. Division, separation is natural," Kelley said during a panel session with Weathersby. Read More