Three members tested positive for coronavirus at Concord Baptist Church in Jefferson City, Missouri, with more results pending. In response, the church is scaling back some of its activities, like youth gatherings, nursery, choir practices.
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As some Black Southern Baptists urge Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, to remove from campus buildings the names of its founders who were enslavers, a Black student there is criticizing SBTS for featuring images of its founders on merchandise like mugs.
The Supreme Court is siding with two Catholic schools in a ruling that underscores that certain employees of religious schools, hospitals and social service centers can’t sue for employment discrimination. The high court's ruling on Wednesday was 7-2.
The paths of two New York City churches diverged this week — one reopened and one stayed closed. But they have shared a tragic fate, together losing at least 134 members of their mostly Hispanic congregations to the coronavirus.
More than 650 coronavirus cases have been linked to nearly 40 churches and religious events across the United States since the beginning of the pandemic, with many of them erupting over the last month as Americans resumed their pre-pandemic activities.
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Around the country, a quiet informal fellowship of Black pastors, nonprofit staffers, and ministry leaders who move in predominantly white evangelical circles work behind the scenes to facilitate prominent white pastors.
When a young Southern Baptist pastor named Alan Cross arrived in Montgomery, Ala., he became disturbed by the savage attack in May 1961 on a busload of Black and white Freedom Riders who had traveled defiantly together to Montgomery in a challenge to segregation.
It is natural to be afraid at a time like this. But the spiritual practice of reading Scripture within a deep tradition can be grounding for us, and can help us be resilient in the face of fear.
Carsyn Leigh Davis died two days after her 17th birthday. In the days prior to her death, according to a medical examiner's report, she'd "attended a church function with 100 other children. She did not wear a mask. Social distancing was not followed."