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  • Amid Charlottesville turmoil, Baptists active in outreach

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (7 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 (7 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

  • H.B. Charles to be Pastors' Conf. nominee

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (8 months ago)

    Oklahoma pastor Brad Graves has announced the withdrawal of his candidacy for Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference president to clear the way for Florida pastor H.B. Charles Jr. to be nominated as the first African American to hold that office. Read More

  • SWBTS apologizes for Twitter photo

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, April 26, 2017 (9 months ago)

    Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has "deeply" apologized for a photograph posted by faculty members on social media featuring some of the seminary's preaching professors dressed as hip hop artists. Read More

  • Pastors' approach to race issues studied

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, March 30, 2017 (10 months 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