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Baptist Center for Ethics is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016 and will be holding a festive breakfast event during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s general assembly in June. The breakfast will involve an engaging and playful look back at BCE’s history of working to advance the common good in the past quarter century, and a […] Read More

Fashion companies have improved oversight of fabric producers but remain largely ignorant of raw materials sources and labor conditions, according to a Baptist World Aid Australia investigation of 87 companies and 308 brands. “In 2013, 41 percent of companies had engaged in some effort to know their input suppliers (e.g., where their fabric is produced), […] Read More

Mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders account for 10 percent of global diseases, according to a World Bank Group report. These issues result in numerous negative impacts, not only to individuals and families, but also on societies. For example, “an estimated 60 percent of suicide deaths can be re-attributed to mental and substance abuse […] Read More

Bank penalty fees and closed accounts are common, hidden costs of online payday loans, according to a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report. A consumer who receives an online payday loan provides their bank account information to the lending group, which submits drafts at scheduled intervals to collect loan payments. When a draft is submitted to […] Read More

Nearly 565,000 people were among the U.S. homeless identified during a one-night count in January 2015, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ (NAEH) 2016 State of Homelessness report. Sixty-nine percent of those counted were in shelters or transitional housing, while 31 percent were living on the street or in abandoned buildings. A majority […] Read More

U.S. citizens who are “highly religious” – praying daily and attending religious services weekly – tend to be happier, to spend time with extended family and to volunteer, according to the Pew Research Center. Forty percent of highly religious individuals said they are “very happy” with their life, compared to 29 percent of other respondents. […] Read More

The strength of civil society has increased globally in recent years, giving “ordinary citizens more power and responsibility” and threatening “governments that wish to monopolize power and evade responsibility.” Yet, in 2015 a “global crackdown by authoritarian states on civil society deepened, silencing independent voices, impoverishing political discourse and closing avenues for peaceful change,” according […] Read More

Lower rainfall totals, poor harvests, soaring food prices and an economic downturn, coupled with ongoing conflict, have created record levels of food insecurity in South Sudan, according to a U.N. World Food Programme report. Nearly half of the nation’s 11.8 million people are food insecure (49 percent), an 11-point increase from 2014. In addition, 12 […] Read More

Georgia Baptists will have an opportunity to hear a previously untold story about Christian missions.’s forthcoming documentary, “The Disturbances,” will be previewed during a breakout session at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, April 16, during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia’s spring general assembly, held at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain. Matt Sapp, pastor […] Read More

Faith leaders are vital to respond effectively to the crises in West African nations resulting from the Ebola virus. Three nations – Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia – were at the center of the epidemic, which originated in a rural village in Guinea in late December 2013 but was not identified as Ebola until March […] Read More