BWAid appeals for Liberia aid. Baptist World Aid has renewed its appeal for urgent humanitarian aid to be sent to Liberia. The deteriorating political situation unfolding in Liberia over the last three months has made life even more precarious for many Liberians. Liberian Baptists in exile want to work to ensure that much-needed food is provided to help alleviate the acute food shortage in the country. Liberian Baptists have asked that funds be collected to purchase rice at $25 per 100-pound bag. A goal has been set to raise $30,000 and provide 120,000 pounds of rice. Designated contributions for "Liberia Relief" may be sent through the Baptist General Convention of Texas or sent directly to Baptist World Aid at 6733 Curran Street, McLean, Va., 22101.
NAC this week. Girls from six continents will join thousands of teenage girls from across the nation for the National Acteens Convention in Nashville, Tenn., July 29-Aug 1. The theme is "SyncroNations." The meeting will feature general sessions, an interactive global village and community service projects at 70 schools.
ABC creates place for gays. The American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. has voted to create a regional association designed for gay-friendly churches. The denomination's General Board established Evergreen Baptist Association, which was formed by churches that felt ostracized by the more conservative–and much larger–American Baptist Churches of the Northwest. Many of the congregations opposed the larger group's stance on sexuality issues.
Don't "myth" this offer. Three Baptist history groups have cooperatively produced a series of informational pamphlets challenging what the editors call "popular misconceptions and erroneous stereotypes" about Baptists. Doug Weaver of Baylor University is editor of the series. Associate editors are Charles Deweese and Walter Shurden. The series addresses Baptist views on Catholicism, ecumenism, intellectualism, inerrancy, peacemaking, race, creationism, doctrinal uniformity, social justice, women and state-sponsored prayer. For information, call (800) 966-2278 or visit www.baptisthistory.org.