After President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring refugees and stopping visa-holders from seven nations, many Baptist leaders quickly criticized the action. Trump’s Jan. 27 order halted the admission of all refugees for 120 days, barred all Syrian refugees indefinitely and blocked all individuals from seven predominately Muslim nations from entering for 90 days. Although Trump claimed national security concerns to justify the order, refugees have been implicated in zero terrorist attacks in the U.S. since the Refugee Act of 1980 and the visa ban does not include any of the nations of the 9/11 hijackers.
The Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Annual Gathering were held a little more than a week apart in June. SBCers and CBFers have much in common — like devotion to missions, evangelism and education — although they differ at points when describing and pursuing these goals. One subject that came up frequently at both meetings was racism, a concern across the nation.
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Heartland participants heard updates from partner field personnel and member churches and saw Associate Coordinator Jeff Langford recognized for 10 years of service during a regional meeting held in conjunction with the national Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly June 15-19 in Dallas.