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No fourth term for Hispanic Baptist president

The Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas will pass the torch of leadership at its annual meeting this summer, President Baldemar Borrego said, announcing he will not seek an unprecedented fourth term.

Baptist Briefs: GuideStone downsizes

GuideStone Financial Resources announced a workforce downsizing of 10 percent through projected attrition and a hiring freeze as part of a reduction of its 2009 budget.

Canadian courts to test the boundaries between polygamous & same-sex unions

A landmark court case will test whether Canada’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage also justifies the practice of polygamy.

CLC, Baylor School of Social Work partner for Texas Hunger Initiative

The Baylor Center for Family & Community Ministries has partnered with the Baptist General Convention of Texas Christian Life Commission to create the Texas Hunger Initiative, a project to alleviate hunger across the state by strengthening church food ministries.

Baptists in Congo seek help for ministry to refugees

A Baptist group in the Democratic Republic of Congo has appealed for help in its ministry to refugees, and an expatriate pastor in Texas wants to answer the call.

200 years later, Lincoln’s faith remains an enigma

As the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth approaches on Feb. 12, the 16th president and his unconventional faith continue to inspire and to confound.

Environmental damage hurts children and elderly most

Environmental degradation presents the greatest danger to the most vulnerable people—particularly children and the elderly, a Houston pediatrician told the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission’s annual conference.

Human trafficking is all too real, filmmaker discovers

Justin Dillon, a San Francisco musician moved by the plight of women searching for a better life who fall into prostitution, told participants at the CLC conference about Call and Response,  a musical documentary film he directed on human trafficking.

WMU honors former leaders, anticipates new year

Trustees of Woman’s Missionary Union honored the memory of two former leaders—Alma Hunt and Dellanna O’Brien—during a meeting where they also looked toward initiatives for 2009.

Obama rearranges faith-based office; vows to maintain church-state wall

President Obama announced a revamped version of his predecessor’s office on faith-based charities Feb. 5, restructuring it with a broad advisory council and vowing to pay close attention to church-state concerns.

Lockney church opens facility to students, faculty of burned school

After Lockney High School burned, by 10 a.m. the next day, a plan was in place to get students back in the classroom—the Sunday school classrooms of the local churches.

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