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  • Moore, others oppose 'White Lives Matter' rallies in TN

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, October 27, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and other Christian leaders in Tennessee declared their opposition to "White Lives Matter" rallies in the state in a joint statement issued today (Oct. 27).

    Release of the statement -- titled "Gospel opposition to white supremacy" -- came on the eve of rallies sponsored by white nationalists in the Middle Tennessee cities of Murfreesboro and Shelbyville. Those scheduled events prompted Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), and the other signers to say, "[W]e declare ourselves in resolute opposition to this expression of racism and white supremacy. We denounce and repudiate white supremacy as a work of the devil, designed to dehumanize and divide." Read More

  • As protests loom, TN Baptists denounce racism

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Corinne Rochotte, Baptist and Reflector
    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- With white supremacist rallies scheduled for this weekend in the state, a mix of ethnically diverse Tennessee Baptists gathered in a display of unity in Franklin on Wednesday (Oct. 25) to publicly denounce the white supremacist movement and racism.

    "We don't call press conferences very often but we believe it is impossible to stand silently by while the white supremacy movement plans to invade our state and perpetrate its evil Saturday (Oct. 28) in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro," said Randy C. Davis, president and executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission ... Read More

  • So. Baptists, others release letter on 'alt-right' to Trump

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A letter drafted by a group of Southern Baptists and others has called on President Trump to denounce clearly the racism of the "alt-right."

    The letter -- titled a "Call for Unifying Leadership" and first reported by CNN today (Sept. 29) -- urges Trump to go beyond his previous comments and actions to rebuke a movement that "gained public prominence" during his presidential campaign. It commends the president for signing a joint congressional resolution Sept. 14 rejecting white nationalism and supremacy, but it tells him the country "needs your voice and your convictions to defeat racist ideologies and movements in every form that they present themselves." Read More

  • Teach early racial unity, panelists say

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, August 31, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- 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" during an Aug. 25 breakout session of the ERLC's conference on Christ-centered parenting. About 1,300 people attended the three-day conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. Read More

  • Gaines, McKissic, others talk race and SBC

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    ARLINGTON, Texas (BP) -- 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 on racial tension he hosted Aug. 20 in Arlington, Texas.

    Among guests on the panel was Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines, who renounced racial and political hatred, saying it has no place in a Christian's life. Read More

  • Amid Charlottesville turmoil, Baptists active in outreach

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (8 months ago)

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- 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, pastor of Mount Zion First African Baptist Church and a member of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV), had already organized the multidenominational Charlottesville Clergy Collective to build unity among faith leaders in the city and Albermarle County region. Read More

  • Charlottesville violence: SBC leaders urge prayer

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, August 14, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptist pastors and leaders denounced racism and called for prayer in the wake of white nationalist protests that turned into violence and death in Charlottesville, Va.

    The "Unite the Right" rally -- linking various movements among white supremacists -- never took place Aug. 12 after fights broke out between white protesters and counter-protesters shortly before the event was to begin. City and county officials declared a state of emergency and proclaimed the rally an illegal assembly before clearing a park where the event was to occur, according to The Charlottesville ... Read More

  • When white supremacists come to town

    by Christine Hoover, posted Monday, August 14, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- I live in Charlottesville, Va. You may have heard of it.

    You may have seen my city on the news or on your Twitter feed after several white nationalist and white supremacist groups converged on our downtown park to protest the potential removal of a Robert E. Lee statue.

    You likely have seen the images of confederate flags and swastikas, protesters and counter-protesters, fist fights and arrests, and videos of carnage. I have watched ... Read More

  • FIRST PERSON: 'I move we fire the preacher'

    by Jim Henry, posted Monday, June 19, 2017 (10 months ago)

    Amid the racial tensions of the 1960s, Jim Henry recounts how two courageous deacons and their church "carved a monument of deepest gratitude in the heart of a young preacher." Read More

  • Racial unity in SBC focus of new book

    by S. Craig Sanders, posted Monday, June 05, 2017 (10 months ago)

    A new book co-edited by two African-American faculty members at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary aims to equip Southern Baptists for healing racial wounds in the denomination, which was founded in 1845 in a split from Northern Baptists so slaveholding families could serve on the mission field. Read More