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Religious leaders call for inquiry into U.S. use of torture

Religious leaders from various faiths are pushing President Obama to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate alleged United States-sanctioned use of torture since 9/11.
       

Jimmy Carter says Palestinians in Gaza treated 'like animals'

Former President Jimmy Carter is calling Israel's 2-year-old blockade of Gaza an atrocity and saying people there are being treated like animals. His remarks came during visits to Syria, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza following the Carter Center's observation of Lebanese elections June 7.
       

With lawn mowed & car washed, no excuse for missing Sunday worship

InglesideFor a month, members of Bethel Baptist Church in Ingleside spent their Saturdays working on about 400 service opportunities that would free time for people living around them to come to church on Sunday.

       

Christian leaders push president to reform immigration law

Christian leaders, including three members of President Obama’s faith advisory council, pushed the president to make good on his promise of comprehensive immigration reform.
       

Baptist Briefs

Pam Durso of Atlanta has been hired as the new full-time executive director for Baptist Women in Ministry.
       

On the Move

Randy Biddlecome to First Church in Bryan as minister of youth.
       

Texas Tidbits

A gift to Baylor University from the estate of Lee and Millie Harris of Bartlesville, Okla., established an endowed scholarship in the Hankamer School of Business.
       

Around the State

An orchestra camp for top junior high and high school musicians on the Hardin-Simmons University campus will end with four concerts free to the public.
       

Baptism neither a means of obtaining grace nor a trivial ritual

By looking back to their beliefs and practices from the mid-18th century to the early 19th century, Baptists can reclaim a view of baptism between the extremes of sacramentalism and “mere symbolism,” church historian and theologian Sheila Klopfer said.
       

Ordination practices reveal a tangled web of Bible, theology and tradition

Pragmatism and tradition have stood alongside biblical and theological principles in shaping Baptist ordination practices, church historian Karen Bullock told the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute colloquy.
       

Baptists’ grass-roots identity helped spread key ideas

While Baptists may not be able to claim sole credit as the originators of ideas such as religious liberty and the modern missionary movement, the denomination’s identification with common folk helped them become “popularizers” of these and of other significant ideas, Baptist historian Carol Holcomb suggested.
       
 
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