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Gordon Coleman, pastor Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church in Callaway County, Missouri, talked with Word&Way after vandals left massive damage on Wednesday to the Black Baptist church founded by enslaved people before the Civil War.

A historic Black Baptist church in mid-Missouri originally started by enslaved Blacks before the Civil War was hit by vandals Wednesday. The significant damage to Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church near Holts Summit in Callaway County is significant.

Two trustees at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, continued their attacks on Word&Way for reporting about the two-year controversy involving the school and the Missouri Baptist Convention.

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbings of two people and the wounding of three others at a church in California’s Silicon Valley that was being used as a homeless shelter, police said Monday (Nov. 23).

The Baptist World Alliance is transitioning the 22nd Baptist World Congress to a fully virtual event on July 7-10, 2021, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. 

For the past two years, members at Holmeswood Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, talked about issues of human sexuality and gender identity. Now the congregation has decided to welcome individuals who are LGBTQ+ into the full life of the church.

Over the last six weeks, The Baptist Home saw coronavirus outbreaks emerge at three of its four residential communities in Missouri for the aging. After a total of 89 cases and 11 deaths, the campuses now have just 9 active cases with the spread slowly or even stopped.

In commemoration of Kristallnacht (“night of broken glass”) 82 years ago, many houses of worship around the world will leave their lights on tonight. Several Baptist churches are joining this effort to stand for justice and against anti-Semitism.

A surge in new COVID-19 cases has at least a few churches returning to online-only worship as many churches continue meeting onsite. The move to return to online-only comes as the U.S. continues to set new records for new numbers of coronavirus cases.

As millions of Americans went to the polls to vote today amid anxiety about the results, concerns about voter intimidation, and even worries about post-election violence, some clergy showed up as election chaplains to bring a calming presence and safeguard voter rights.