The Callaway County Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday it arrested four teenagers for massive vandalism last week to a historic Black Baptist church founded by enslaved persons before the Civil War.
Panelists at a Dec. 2 virtual forum on “Race and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary” agreed the Louisville, Ky., school’s entanglements with slavery and racism demand a stronger response than the school has put forward.
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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.
The strength of the Black church in America since emancipation is simply remarkable, considering out of which it came and what it has encountered. Yet, today, there remain those white Christians who see it as their prerogative to determine what Christianity should look like for all