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As states across the country lift some or even all restrictions intended to slow the spread of coronavirus, new hotspots of the virus erupt in churches from Oregon to Kentucky to West Virginia. Baptist churches are among those hit with infections after resuming in-person services.

First Baptist Church of Crestmont in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, is among several Southern Baptist congregations celebrating for the first time Juneteenth, or June 19th, the day in 1865 when enslaved black people in Galveston, Texas, learned they were free.

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, a Baptist minister in North Carolina, sees the removal of Confederate monuments across the country as “very biblical.” The author and activist talked about faith, racism, and advocacy on the latest episode of the Word&Way podcast “Baptist Without An Adjective.”

Rolland Slade, senior pastor of Meridian Baptist Church in El Cajon, California, has been elected as the first African American chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, the group that runs the business of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination outside its annual meetings. He was elected unanimously.

More than a century ago, a Baptist church in Kentucky's state capital city was started by slave owners and had a slave owner as its pastor. But a church service on June 10 stands in stark contrast to the past as the pastor gathered several African American pastors and leaders to pray with them and for them — and to wash their feet — in a demonstration of gratitude and humility. 

As Confederate statues across the country are defaced, toppled by protesters, and removed by officials, the incoming president of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship on Sunday (June 14) urged Christians to back the removal of such monuments.

The District of Columbia Baptist Convention announced Monday (June 15) that Trisha Miller Manarin has been called to serve as its next Executive Director/Minister, the first woman to lead the convention in its 144-year history

Barbara Nell (“Babs”) Baugh, president of the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation, died on Sunday, June 14, after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was 78.

For most of their history, Southern Baptists have opened their meetings with a gavel named for a slaveholder. The president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination now says that gavel should be retired. 

Promoting diversity, unity, missions and sex abuse prevention are goals the Southern Baptist Convention must continue to pursue in order to put the "Gospel Above All," SBC President J.D. Greear said in his 2020 presidential address Tuesday (June 9).