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Texas Baptists set record in giving to world hunger offering

Hunger OfferingTexas Baptists gave a record $901,401 to help the hungry through the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger in 2009.

       

Religious Right spokesman on Texas school board unseated by challenger

The Religious Right suffered a surprise setback in Texas when incumbent Don McLeroy—a creationist and critic of church-state separation—narrowly lost his re-election bid for the powerful State Board of Education to challenger Thomas Ratliff in the March 2 Republican primary.
       

African-American Baptist groups pledge $50 million for Haiti

America's five largest historically African-American Baptist organizations are cooperating to raise $50 million to help rebuild Haiti and provide aid to victims of a Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated the area surrounding the capital of Port-au-Prince.
       

Former Baptist editor Fletcher Allen dies

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (ABP) -- A retired denominational journalist who worked three decades at Baptist newspapers in three states died Feb. 27 after a long battle with cancer.
       

Baptist expert says Establishment Clause applies to foreign policy

A Baptist church-state specialist voiced concern about a think-tank report urging a new direction for U.S. foreign policy focused on the role religion plays in world affairs.
       

Church unity vital, Panhandle-Plains conference speakers stress

Churches need to practice more unity both inside their congregations and in relationship with other Christians, speakers stressed at the Panhandle-Plains Pastors’ and Laymen’s Conference.
       

Baptists pledge support for earthquake victims in Chile

Chile earthquakeEven as Baptists began to dig in for a long-term response to the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, focus shifted to another quake that killed hundreds and caused billions of dollars in property damage in Chile.

       

Relief launched for quake in Chile described as 'without parallel'

Chile earthquakeSouthern Baptists have released $50,000 for immediate relief needs in Chile, where the death toll has climbed past 700 in an earthquake disaster described by the country’s president as “without parallel in Chile's history.” A Southern Baptist assessment team is en route to the country for dialogue with ministry partners about needs and on-the-ground evaluation of the damage caused by the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck in the pre-dawn hours Feb. 27.

       

On the Move

Corey Bearden has resigned as minister to students at First Church in San Marcos.
       

Texas Tidbits

Dillon International has received approval from Nepal’s Ministry of Women, Children & Social Welfare to place children from Nepal with adoptive families in the United States.
       

Around the State

Dillon International will present a free adoption information meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 18 at the Buckner Children’s Home campus in Dallas.
       
 
 

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