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  • Pastors' approach to race issues studied

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, March 30, 2017 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Most Protestant senior pastors say their church is open to hearing about racial reconciliation, a study released today (March 30) suggests.

    And pastors seem to prefer personal relationships and prayer when it comes to addressing matters of race.

    Those are among the findings of a study about pastors, churches and racial reconciliation from LifeWay Research. The survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors, found little pushback against or demand for sermons on racial reconciliation in their churches, said Scott McConnell, executive director of the research firm. Read More

  • 1957 SBC president drew MLK's praise for stand

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 13, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- Though Southern Baptists were not known for their advocacy of racial justice 60 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. once told a fellow black Baptist minister that the 1957 Southern Baptist Convention president "suffered with us" in the cause of civil rights.

    King's reference was to the late U.S. Rep. Brooks Hays, D-Ark., who served as SBC president from 1956-58. After helping to mediate a conflict over integration at Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., Hays lost his bid for reelection to a ninth term in Congress to a write-in segregationist candidate. Read More

  • Trump rebukes alleged racism among supporters

    by David Roach, posted Monday, November 14, 2016 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- In his first major interview since Election Day, President-elect Donald Trump said he is "saddened" by reported incidents of racial harassment committed in his name and urged perpetrators to "stop it."

    Trump also commented on potential Supreme Court nominees, abortion and same-sex marriage among other social issues.

    When interviewer Lesley Stahl of CBS's "60 Minutes" asked Trump about reports of African Americans, Latinos and homosexuals being harassed in his name, Trump ... Read More

  • Black police conf. draws call to love officers

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, August 04, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo courtesy of Kathy Thompson
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Following attorney general Loretta Lynch's call at a gathering of black law enforcement executives for America to "foster trust between communities and law enforcement," a black Philadelphia police sergeant told Baptist Press Christians should be known for extending the love of Christ to police officers in their communities. Read More

  • Racism alleged as part of pastor's termination

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 03, 2016 (one year ago)

    Screen capture from WTOK-TV
    BUTLER, Ala. (BP) -- A former Alabama pastor and the rural congregation that terminated him last Sunday (July 31) have offered varying reports to media outlets regarding the role racism played in the 31-0 vote to dismiss him.

    Mt. Sterling Baptist Church in Butler, Ala., was the subject of news stories by WTOK television in nearby Meridian, Miss., the news website and other media outlets when it fired pastor Jonathan Greer, 26, over what Greer described as "pushback" against his intention to invite black children to Vacation Bible School. Read More

  • Black pastors attend prayer & listening session

    by Keith Collier/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Tuesday, July 26, 2016 (one year ago)

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    GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- Nearly two dozen black pastors met with Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Executive Director Jim Richards and convention staff for a prayer and listening session on racial reconciliation amid national tensions stemming from black men being killed by police in Baton Rouge, La., and St. Paul, Minn., as well as gunmen killing police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

    Richards invited the SBTC pastors to discuss ways the convention can assist churches of all ethnicities in working together for racial reconciliation in their communities. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: An issue of the heart

    by Anthony L. Jordan, posted Friday, July 22, 2016 (one year ago)

    The nation's tumult won't be resolved by government or the laws it enacts, Anthony Jordan writes. "Laws can help, and have helped, but laws do not change the hearts of people," Jordan, executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, notes. "The local church must step forward as a force for racial reconciliation." Read More

  • African American church embraces Hispanic neighbors

    by Megan Sweas, posted Wednesday, April 06, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo provided by St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church and Megan Sweas
    LA PUENTE, Calif. (BP) -- At the end of a Black History Month-themed service at St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church, pastor Anthony Dockery rose to tell about his recent mission trip to El Salvador.

    The mission team had served in the hometown of Jose Rivas, one of the pastors at St. Stephen. Beyond "good morning" and "God

    bless you," Dockery had relied on Rivas for Spanish translation Read More

  • SBTS panel spotlights racial reconciliation

    by Robert Chapman, posted Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- 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.

    "Southern Baptists got [race issues] so wrong for so long that we have to deal honestly with it, because we do not have credibility," said Matthew J. Hall, vice president for academic administration and assistant professor of church history. The forum, which was held at the

    seminary's campus in Louisville, Ky., followed the SBC's Racial Reconciliation Sunday, ... Read More