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Maya Angelou challenges Baptists to fight racism

With an African-American population estimated as high as 50 million, the "blight of racism" is "still an epidemic assailing" the United States, writer Maya Angelou said April 24 at the Southeast regional gathering of the New Baptist Covenant April 24 and 25 at Wake Forest University.
       

WMU Foundation awards $163,445 for missions support

The Birmingham, Ala., -based WMU Foundation board of trustees recently awarded $163,445 to boost missions work in North America and around the world.
       

Southern Seminary closing School of Church Music

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is closing its 65-year-old School of Church Music and Worship, combining it with the School of Leadership and Church Ministry into a new School of Church Ministries.
       

Former SBC president 'concerned' about Rick Warren's comments on gay marriage

A former president of the Southern Baptist Convention said he is "deeply concerned" about comments by Purpose Driven Life author Rick Warren that a recent court decision allowing gay marriage is not part of his agenda.
       

Baptist Briefs

Frank Paschall, who served as Southern Baptist Convention president from 1966 to 1968, died April 10 at his home in Nashville, Tenn. He was 86.
       

Baptist Briefs: Baptists minister in aftermath of Alabama shooting

Baptists reached out in Samson, Ala., a normally sleepy town marred by violence recently when 28-year-old Michael McLendon allegedly went on a 10-victim killing spree before turning a gun on himself.
       

SBC ethics head lobbies in favor of coal, against cap and trade

Coal-fired power plants have received the blessing of the Southern Baptist Convention’s top lobbyist for social and moral concerns, who is urging opposition to a market-based attempt to limit greenhouse-gas emissions.
       

N.C. church, pastor minister after nursing home shooting

shootingFirst Baptist Church in Carthage, N.C., designed its fellowship hall to be used in a disaster. But church leaders expected it would be a hurricane or a flood -- not a mass shooting at a local nursing home. Officials used the hall March 29 to talk to about 300 people who had relatives at the nearby Pinelake Health and Rehab facility, where a gunman killed eight and wounded two others earlier in the day.

       

Alabama Baptists headed to court over property dispute

Alabama Baptists are going to court to resolve a dispute with Montgomery, Ala., homeowners that Baptist leaders claim are unreasonably hindering development of land the state convention is trying to sell.
       

Southern Baptist activist organizes confab on church and environment

flourishAn upcoming national conference on churches and the environment features several well-known evangelical speakers, including some prominent Southern Baptist leaders who will be speaking for first time on the increasingly high-profile theological issue known as "creation care."
       

Evangelical baptism center opens in Jordan

baptismBaptist leaders and other dignitaries -- including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair -- took part in a ceremony dedicating a new evangelical Christian baptism center at the Jordanian spot traditionally regarded as the site of Jesus' baptism.

       

Baptist Briefs: Leonard stepping down at Wake Forest

Leonard to step down as Wake Forest dean. Bill Leonard, the founding dean of the Wake Forest University Divinity School, is stepping down next year, school officials announced.
       

BWA leaders cut spending, make bylaws revisions

Members of the Baptist World Alliance’s executive committee heard a sobering financial report detailing investment losses over the last year, agreed to slash the group’s budget, gave initial approval to organizational changes and met BWA’s new director for freedom and justice during their annual meeting.
       

Calling–not ordination–the crucial question on women in ministry

Asking whether women should be ordained to the ministry is the wrong question, Baptist professor Curtis Freeman insisted. “The question is, ‘Who is being gifted in the church?’”
       

Church gathers for worship week after pastor slain

One of a select fraternity of pastors who has experienced a church shooting consoled and challenged an Illinois Baptist congregation one week after its popular pastor was fatally shot while preaching his Sunday sermon.
       
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