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Baptist Briefs

Posted: 12/16/05

Baptist Briefs

CBF leader meets with secretary of state. Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Coordinator Daniel Vestal and a dozen other religious leaders met in Washington, D.C., with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. They called on the United States to lead in global poverty reduction initiatives at a World Trade Organization meeting. The interfaith group challenged Rice to advance proposals that would open global markets to trade and boost economies of developing nations. The religious leaders also lobbied for a $5 billion increase in poverty-focused development assistance in President Bush's 2007 budget request.


First Korean state convention president elected. New England Baptists elected their first non-Anglo president and the first Korean president of a state convention. Messengers to the 23rd annual meeting of the Baptist Convention of New England in Londonderry, N.H., elected Paul Kim, founding pastor of Berkland Baptist Church in Cambridge, Mass., president without opposition. Kim, who was named a Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary distinguished alumnus in 2004 for his work in church planting, serves as a trustee of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. Tommy Oliver, pastor of New Life Baptist Church in Stratham, N.H., was elected vice president. Messengers unanimously passed a $2.8 million budget for 2006--a 5 percent increase and the first increase in more than five years.

First ordained Southern Baptist woman pastor dies. Addie Elizabeth Davis--whose 1964 ordination by Watts Street Baptist Church in Durham, N.C., to pastoral ministry marked a first among Southern Baptist churches--died Dec. 3 in Covington, Va., after a brief illness. She was 88. Davis, a graduate of Meredith College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, both in North Carolina, served churches in Vermont, Rhode Island and Virginia. The Baptist Women in Ministry organization provides annual scholarships to female ministerial students through a fund established in Davis' honor.

Mercer, Georgia convention agree to terms

Posted: 12/20/05

Mercer, Georgia convention agree to terms

By Greg Warner

Associated Baptist Press

ATLANTA (ABP)—Mercer University and the Georgia Baptist Convention have agreed to terms that will end their 172-year-old relationship.

Fate of hostages in Iraq still unknown

Posted: 12/20/05

Fate of hostages in Iraq still unknown

By Robert Marus

ABP Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (ABP)—Militants threatening to execute a British Baptist and three other Christian hostages by Dec. 10 had conveyed no word of their captives’ fate as of Dec. 12, according to multiple news reports.

Westmoreland nominated for Samford presidency

Posted: 12/20/05

Westmoreland nominated for Samford presidency

By Greg Warner

Associated Baptist Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (ABP)—Andrew Westmoreland, president of Arkansas Baptists’ Ouachita Baptist University, has been nominated to become president of Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.

Churches adopting Chrismon trees

Posted: 12/20/05

Churches adopting Chrismon trees

By Terri Jo Ryan

Special to the Baptist Standard

The Chrismons (CHRISt-MONogramS) ornaments were first developed in 1957 by Frances Kipps Spencer of Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, Va., when she set out to create decorations appropriate for a church Christmas tree.

 
 
 
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