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Racial Justice

Baptists from across the U.S. gathered in Atlanta this week at the New Baptist Covenant’s 2018 summit, committing to continue the “journey to justice” for all people. […] Read More

After white supremacists descended on Charlottesville in August 2017, the Charlottesville Clergy Collective decided it would not allow the conflict that engulfed its city to define the future. […] Read More

There is little doubt we are experiencing a moment of heightened racial tension. The easy access of video recording has unveiled multiple instances of police violence as well as acts of overt racism that many of our brothers and sisters experience daily. White supremacists marching in Charlottesville and anti-immigrant rhetoric of the political primary season […] Read More

The church’s struggle against racism is no longer primarily about skin color, but institutions that bestow privilege on some and penalties on others, an activist, denominational leader and scholar said in a special-interest session Friday at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta. “While I applaud the organizers of our event in coming together and […] Read More

Why are Baptists so often viewed as narrow, intolerant, politically naive and prone to internal warfare? “The reason is because for so long so many Baptists have worked so hard to exclude so many,” author John Grisham said Thursday in a message at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta. Grisham contrasted his current church, […] Read More

Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page blamed organizers of an Atlanta meeting in 2008 aimed to counter negative and judgmental images of Baptists in North America for contributing to those very images by criticizing SBC leaders in the press. carried an editorial Thursday critiquing statements by Page quoted from Baptist Press rebuking the Jan. […] Read More

The racially motivated murder of a black teenager in Liverpool, England, proves the “cancer of racism” still exists in the United Kingdom, says a Baptist leader in Great Britain. Anthony Walker, 18, died after being attacked July 29 with an ax by a group of men in Liverpool. Described as a devout Christian and talented […] Read More

Instead of sleeping through this period of change, we need, as King said, “new mental responses.” New situations demand new attitudes, new ways, new resources. When Van Winkle left for his trip to the mountain, King said, he saw a picture of King George. When Van Winkle returned from his prolonged slumber, he saw a […] Read More