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Baptist groups are preparing to mobilize to help victims of Hurricane Irma, even as efforts to assist folks recovering from Hurricane Harvey continue. As with Hurricane Harvey recovery initiatives, much of the Baptist relief efforts related to Hurricane Irma will begin following the immediate work of first responders. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship announced on Sept. […] Read More

Missions work. Millennials’ spiritual hunger. Diversity of congregations. These are some of the denomination’s bright lights for Lee B. Spitzer, the new general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA. Spitzer, former executive minister for American Baptist Churches in New Jersey, took office June 1. He spoke with in a new online video interview about […] Read More

An American Baptist pastor in Arlington, Texas, is credited with bringing international attention to a civil-rights case in a small Louisiana town known worldwide as the Jena 6. Thousands of activists were expected to descend on the rural community of 3,000 people–about 350 of whom are black–this Thursday to protest the racially charged sentencing of […] Read More

A Middlin’ Baptist

True “middle-of-the-road” Baptists seem to be the Rodney Dangerfields of the Baptist world. An old friend (whom I respect greatly and who happens to be on the Left) often dismissed others with the folk observation: “There’s nothing in the middle of the road except yaller lines and dead armadillers.” Apparently one is doomed to travel […] Read More

The 20th century began and ended with American Baptists struggling with how to implement a balance of independence and interdependence in a national organization that claims to be an expression of the Church of Jesus Christ. Perhaps it is a struggle that will be with us until the eschaton. The current attempt at reorganization of […] Read More

Trouble in Paradise

As in the case of the Northern Baptist Convention, the creation of American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. brought mixed responses: unrealistic expectations and fears. Old concerns continued. New ones appeared. Finally, a negative feasibility study for a denomination-wide financial campaign triggered action by the General Board. As in the case of the Northern Baptist […] Read More

A Family Affair

Last Friday night the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. held a joint service in Washington, D.C. It was the closing session of the CBF General Assembly and the opening session of the ABC/USA biennial meeting. The worship service was an opportunity to celebrate what brings us together as Baptists. The […] Read More

Meeting in the Washington, D.C., church where their denomination was formed 100 years ago, leaders of the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. this week acted on problems of modern-day slavery, children in poverty and suffering in Iraq. Meeting in conjunction with the ABC/USA General Board at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, the denomination’s World […] Read More

American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.’s General Board will vote in November on a recommendation to sell the denomination’s headquarters building in Valley Forge, Pa. American Baptist News Service reported last week that the General Board’s Executive Committee unanimously recommended putting the 42-year-old Mission Center on the market. Officials said ABC/USA entities occupy less than half of […] Read More

American Baptists disagreeing with a May vote by a region to sever ties with American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. over homosexuality are scheduled to meet Sept. 30 in an informational gathering in anticipation of forming a new association maintaining full fellowship with the national denomination next year. American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest–since […] Read More