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Updated: Baylor presidential search committee named

statueBaylor University Regents Chairman Howie Batson named 14 current members of the school’s governing board to a committee charged with searching for the university’s next president and 10 representatives of various Baylor constituencies to a nonvoting advisory committee. But the immediate past-president of the American Association of University Professors took issue with the process the regents are following.

       

School sued for censoring religious message

An elementary school in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., is being sued for censoring the word "God" out of posters promoting a student-led prayer event.
       

Lanny Hall to return to Hardin-Simmons as president

HallHardin-Simmons University trustees elected as their school’s president Lanny Hall, president of Howard Payne University and a past president and chancellor at Hardin-Simmons.

       

BGCT seeks to advance educational opportunities among Hispanics

reyesThe Baptist General Convention of Texas has named Gus Reyes to lead an initiative encouraging Hispanics across the state to attain higher education—an early step in what the organization hopes will quickly be one of many to tackle a critical issue facing Texas.

       

Baylor Lariat, Catholic professor spar over indulgences revival

A Baylor Lariat editorial critical of the Catholic Church's newly revived practice of indulgences brought a strong rebuke from a prominent Catholic professor at the world's largest Baptist university.
       

Christians, other torture opponents call for commission to investigate

A coalition of religious leaders who oppose the United States’ use of torture in the fight against terrorism called March 3 for a “truth commission” to investigate government policy and allegations of inhumane actions against terrorism detainees under the previous administration. 
       

Proposed Obama budget is 'major shift' in poverty policy

President Obama's first proposed budget signals a dramatic shift in prioritizing domestic poverty, centrist and liberal Christian leaders said in a teleconference with reporters March 2.
       

Court says Montana election law wrongly applied to church

A federal appeals court ruled Feb. 25 that Montana officials violated the free-speech rights of a Southern Baptist church when they required the congregation to register as a political action committee for supporting a ballot initiative against gay marriage in 2004.
       

Breckenridge seeks to raise awareness about disabilities

greenhouseBreckenridge Village is celebrating March as National Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month by raising awareness on the issues affecting mentally challenged people.
       

Truett grad touches poor Miami neighborhood

Angel and Jason Pittman serve as CBF field personnel in Overtown, the poorest neighborhood in Miami.
       

New Braunfels clinic offers safety net for the working poor

In the last few months of 2008, the New Braunfels Volunteers in Medicine clinic served more than 800 uninsured working poor. The clinic was birthed out of Oakwood Baptist Church.
       

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