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  • ERLC internships: Investing, life-changing

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- For the Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity, its internship program provides an opportunity to influence future Christian leaders. For its interns, it can bring a new direction in life.

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) completed in recent weeks its summer program with multiple interns in both of its offices -- Nashville and Washington, D.C. The goal of the internship program, which also is in effect at other times of the year, is to equip undergraduate and graduate students, as well as young professionals, with a "Gospel-centered, kingdom-focused perspective" on ... Read More

  • Administration gains high marks on religious liberty

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, August 15, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration is receiving high marks so far for its religious liberty record from many advocates for the First Amendment freedom.

    The July 30 announcement of a religious liberty task force in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Aug. 10 release of a Department of Labor policy directive to protect religious free exercise are the latest in a series of administration actions applauded by defenders of freedom of belief and practice. Yet, some advocates also say more remains to be done by this White House to safeguard religious liberty. Read More

  • Religious liberty threats addressed at ERLC event

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious freedom in Southeast Asia faces threats from required registration regimes and non-government forces, panelists said at a Capitol Hill discussion co-hosted by a Southern Baptist Convention entity.

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) joined with two other advocacy organizations to hold the July 26 event -- titled "Lessons from Southeast Asia: State and Non-State Threats to Religious Freedom" -- on the third and final day of the State Department's first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) and Boat People SOS also co-hosted the discussion. Read More

  • 'LGBT Christians' conf. draws SBTS, ERLC responses

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 27, 2018 (2 months ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- The Revoice Conference for "LGBT Christians," which provoked a messenger question at June's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, continued to draw a range of responses from Southern Baptists as it convened July 26-28.

    Revoice states its aim on the conference website as "Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality." The conference is being hosted by St. Louis's Memorial Presbyterian Church, which is affiliated with the theologically conservative Presbyterian Church in America. Read More

  • ERLC: Church's internal discourse needs protection

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, June 29, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- An effort by Texas abortion providers to obtain a church's internal communications would violate the First Amendment and a federal law protecting religious freedom if successful, according to the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    The ERLC filed a friend-of-the-court brief June 25 urging the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to overturn a federal judge's order requiring the Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops of Texas to turn over their private deliberations on what they describe as doctrinal and moral issues. While the current case involves the Catholic Church, a failure to vacate the order also would threaten the religious liberty of Southern Baptist and other congregationally governed churches, the brief says. Read More

  • ERLC: New initiatives on women, abuse

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Russell Moore announced new initiatives on women and abuse during the report of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Wednesday (June 13) at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

    Moore, the ERLC's president, said the entity will convene a women's summit as a major part of its work in the year ahead. He also told messengers the ERLC is partnering with LifeWay Research in commissioning a full-scale study on the extent of abuse in churches. Read More

  • Sex abuse news 'wake-up call' for pastors, ERLC panel says

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, June 12, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- The revelations of sexual abuse of women and mishandling of it by Christian leaders offer a "divine opportunity" for the Southern Baptist Convention and its pastors to take a stand, attendees were told at a Monday evening (June 11) panel discussion sponsored by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    The event -- "Gospel Sexuality in a #MeToo Culture" -- was held on the eve of the SBC's annual meeting in Dallas and followed months of revelations of sexual harassment, abuse and misconduct by male leaders in Southern Baptist and other evangelical churches and institutions, as well as in the culture. Panels also addressed the issue in discussions earlier in the day in the SBC exhibit hall, and a rally to protest abuse in the convention was held Tuesday (June 12) outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Read More

  • Speakers: Gospel is solution for church's future

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- The Gospel of Jesus will remain the answer to the church's challenges into the future, speakers said at a conference June 8-9 prior to the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas.

    Southern Baptist pastors and other leaders addressed how the Gospel should shape the church's ministries and outreach during keynote messages and panel discussions at the event, which was titled "The Gospel and the Future of the Church." The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and The Village Church co-hosted the pre-conference in partnership with Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The event was held at The Village Church's Flower Mound campus in metro Dallas. Read More

  • ERLC: Make religious freedom a priority in Africa

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, May 10, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious freedom should be a priority for U.S. relations with autocratic regimes in Sub-Saharan Africa, a Southern Baptist policy specialist told members of Congress Wednesday (May 9).

    Steven Harris, a policy director for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, called for the focus on religious liberty during his testimony to a House of Representatives subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee. The hearing addressed the federal government's response to the increasing restrictions on religious groups, journalists and other sectors of civil society in countries such as Sudan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. Read More

  • Evangelicalism needs to focus on cross, Moore says

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, May 09, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    PRINCETON, N.J. (BP) -- American evangelical Christianity needs to be born again to an embrace of the cross of Christ, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said in a lecture on the Princeton University campus.

    The president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) told an April 17 audience in Princeton, N.J., "Any evangelicalism that is worthy to face the future must be cross-shaped, must call all people everywhere to repent and believe in Christ, must call all people everywhere to demonstrate love of God and neighbor in our various communities and callings, but most importantly, evangelicalism must ... Read More