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Faith Digest

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture wants the government to investigate claims that doctors and medical professionals performed unethical experiments on detainees in CIA custody during the Bush administration.
       

Rosaries a popular gang tool, but not as an aid to prayer

Gang members are using rosary beads for identification, and school crackdowns on the practice are raising questions of religious freedom.
       

Evangelicals push "€˜theology of sex,"€™ emphasize abortion reduction

The National Association of Evangelicals has launched an initiative to reduce abortions by promoting a “theology of sex” for churches and pledging to find common ground with opponents on abortion.

       

National Cathedral considers selling rare treasures

Facing a reduced budget and a third round of layoffs, officials at Washington National Cathedral are considering disposing of rare books no longer considered part of its central mission.
       

Cinco de Mayo gives Lubbock church opportunity to serve

Hispanic churches from Lubbock, Crosbyton, Lockney, Plainview, Floydada, Levelland and New Home joined with Lubbock Area Baptist Association to support a Cinco de Mayo outreach event, with additional help provided through the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger.
       

Tough neighborhood, tough pastor seem to be meant for each other

Jose Gonzalez, a recent graduate of Baptist University of the Americas, is pastoring a church in a tough San Antonio neighborhood. But Gonzalez and Larkspur Christian Fellowship seem like they were meant for each other.
       

Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas set to celebrate centennial


This year’s gathering of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas will begin with the baptism of 100 people—one in celebration of each year of the organization’s existence.
       

Answer to forgotten prayer sends African-American pastor to BUA

Mel Keyes forgot about his prayer. But God didn’t. That explains how an African-American pastor—twice the age of the typical college freshman—ended up at Baptist University of the Américas, attending a school that trains ministers within a Hispanic context.
       

Stories of hope bear testimony to God’s faithfulness

Stories of HpeGus Reyes, director of the Hispanic Education Initiative and affinity ministries for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, compiled and edited a book, 100+Stories of Hope, allowing Hispanic Texas Baptist leaders to tell—in their own words—how God helped them overcome academic challenges. With the author’s permission, selected excerpts from their stories follow.
       

Texas Baptists’ Hispanic Education Initiative making tangible progress

Two years into Texas Baptists’ Hispanic Education Initiative, leaders are seeing the beginnings of a culture of educational success emerge.
       

Most BUA students share culture, economic background, calling

Hispanic students who may have felt out of place in an educational setting before feel at home when they arrive at Baptist University of the Américas, President René Maciel said.
       
 
 

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