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Letting people out of jail but not back into society is unfair, restorative justice advocates say. (Creative Commons photo)
Letting people out of jail but not back into society is unfair, restorative justice advocates say. (Creative Commons photo)

Baptists lead movements to ease ex-offender return to society

 A variety of restorative justice efforts are underway in states from Texas to Georgia and beyond.

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Baylor renames School of Social Work for Dean Diana Garland

Baylor University’s board of regents has voted to name the university’s School of Social Work in honor of its inaugural dean, Diana R. Garland, who recently announced she will step down from her position June 1 for health reasons.

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SBC Pastors Conference disinvites Ben Carson

The likely GOP presidential candidate and leaders of the pre-convention meeting agree that controversy over the invitation could create an unnecessary “distraction.”

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Union University murder trial postponed

Today was supposed to be the deadline for Charles Pittman, a former Christian ministry major at the Baptist-affiliated school in Jackson, Tenn., to plead guilty to murder, but his lawyers are still awaiting for crime lab reports to determine what evidence the state has against him.

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Aiming to deepen rite’s meaning, Baptist pastor in Ohio baptizes infant

Aiming to deepen rite’s meaning, Baptist pastor in Ohio baptizes infant

Rodney Kennedy at First Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio, said the practice conforms to his beliefs about baptism being the beginning of a life-long process. 

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Uzbek Baptist jailed for handing out Christian leaflet

Handing a Christian leaflet to a stranger he passed on the street earned a Baptist in Uzbekistan 15 days in jail.

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SBC Pastors Conference criticized for inviting non-Baptist presidential hopeful to speak

With one Southern Baptist (Ted Cruz) running for president and another (Mike Huckabee) expected to do the same, some are asking why planners of this year’s SBC Pastors Conference June 14-15 in Columbus, Ohio, are inviting Ben Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist, to speak.

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Cody Sanders describes three projects being funded by an Arcus Foundation grant in an Alliance workshop. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)
Cody Sanders describes three projects being funded by an Arcus Foundation grant in an Alliance workshop. (BNG photo by Bob Allen)

Project seeks to get churches talking about issues of sex and racism

The Alliance of Baptists has unveiled a project to help churches begin conversations about LGBT inclusion and racial justice funded by a $104,000 grant by the Arcus Foundation.

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Arkansas Baptist leaders satisfied with RFRA bill

The final version of a religious-liberty bill did not include language allowing relief whether or not the government is a party, but a supporter of the original bill says with legal precedent determining a corporation can qualify as a “person,” gay marriage opponents are satisfied with the version signed by the governor.

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Discussing the future of Baptist journalism were a panel led by Kyle Reese (right), chair of BNG’s board of directors, and (from left) Natalie Aho, BNG interactive communication specialist; Greg Warner, ABP’s first full-time editor; and BNG director Dan Lattimore. (Photo by Norman Jameson)
Discussing the future of Baptist journalism were a panel led by Kyle Reese (right), chair of BNG’s board of directors, and (from left) Natalie Aho, BNG interactive communication specialist; Greg Warner, ABP’s first full-time editor; and BNG director Dan Lattimore. (Photo by Norman Jameson)

From ABP to BNG, Baptist journalists remember past, embrace future

From fundamentalism and financial uncertaintly to apathy and the centrality of the web, Baptist journalists celebrated the 25th anniversary of Associated Baptist Press.

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Baylor student to study ethical issues at Auschwitz

The third-year seminary student is humbled at the opportunity to study ethics and evil at the notorious death camp.

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Marks of leadership

Marks of leadership

Furman’s new president may be one of the few women to lead an American university. But Elizabeth Davis doesn’t want to be evaluated only by her gender.

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Historians say Southern Baptist women paved way in improving race relations

While much history is written about the role of organizations such as the Christian Life Commission in leading the Southern Baptist Convention to repent of its racist past, a panel of historians says black and white women had been working together as partners for many years.

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How Bill Moyers changed Baptist journalism

How Bill Moyers changed Baptist journalism

Twenty-five years ago, in the midst of controversy, editors launched something new.

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