Pastors say that actions such as lighting a candle may be effective at helping worshipers heal from loss. (Creative Commons photo by Eustaquio Santimano)
Pastors say that actions such as lighting a candle may be effective at helping worshipers heal from loss. (Creative Commons photo by Eustaquio Santimano)

In a season of joy, services offer light to those grieving

Holiday services of remembrance aim to comfort those grieving by communally acknowledging individual suffering in a season typically characterized as joyful and family-oriented. 

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7 ways to help those suffering from ‘the empty chair at the holiday table’

Avoid telling those in grief how they ought to feel, says Baylor professor Helen Harris.

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BJC supports workplace accommodation in Supreme Court brief

Employers have a duty to reasonably accommodate the religion of employees and avoid discrimination against prospective employees, according to a brief filed at the U.S. Supreme Court this week and signed by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

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CBF leaders urge prayer for and commitment to reconciliation

In the wake of recent events in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., CBF Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter and CBF Moderator Kasey Jones have urged Cooperative Baptists to stand in solidarity with African-American Baptists through prayer during worship this Sunday.

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Fayetteville, Ark., repeals anti-discrimination measure some Baptists opposed

Church leaders, including Southern Baptists, led a campaign to overturn a controversial measure that they claimed would infringe on their religious freedom.

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Youth pastor charged with child abuse

A former youth pastor at First Baptist Church on Park Street in Charlottesville, Va., faces charges of taking indecent liberties with a child.

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Kilauea Volcano lava flow as seen on Oct 25. (USGS photo by Greg Bishop)
Kilauea Volcano lava flow as seen on Oct 25. (USGS photo by Greg Bishop)

In the path of lava flows, Baptists provide comfort to Hawaiian volcano victims

Baptist volunteers from Texas have offered material and spiritual aid in Hawaii to those living in the path of lava from the Kilauea volcano.

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Appeals court hears GuideStone challenge to Obamacare

A three-judge panel in Denver heard arguments about a preliminary injunction currently blocking the government from penalizing GuideStone Financial Resources for refusal to cover contraceptives in health plans as required by the Affordable Care Act.

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Brewton-Parker regains accreditation

For the first time since it went on probation in 2012, a regional accrediting body has given a Georgia Baptist Convention college a clean bill of health.

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Alina Carbonell is pastor of the Hispanic pastor at First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Ga. (Photo courtesy of Alina Carbonell)
Alina Carbonell is pastor of the Hispanic pastor at First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Ga. (Photo courtesy of Alina Carbonell)

Struggles prepared her for ministry, says pastor of Hispanic congregation

Alina Carbonell’s “trial by fire” influences her leadership at the congregation which worships at First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Ga.

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American Baptist, NYC clergy protest Eric Garner decision

A new poll says a New York grand jury’s refusal to indict a white police officer in a black man’s death is galvanizing public opinion across racial lines in a way that a similar controversy in Ferguson, Mo., did not.

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Baptist church holds same-sex wedding

A bride in the first same-sex wedding ceremony at Crescent Hill Baptist Church says coming to terms with her sexuality while studying at Southern Seminary in the late 1980s turned her life around.

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Baptist Pastor Kyle Reese (left) and Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner greet audience members following a Dec. 4 interfaith event in Jacksonville, Fla. (BNG photo by Jeff Brumley)
Baptist Pastor Kyle Reese (left) and Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner greet audience members following a Dec. 4 interfaith event in Jacksonville, Fla. (BNG photo by Jeff Brumley)

Interfaith dialogue requires hard work of forging relationships, Baptist pastor says

Once-a-year gatherings with largely symbolic significance must be accompanied by relationships to work through difficult issues, says longtime participant in interfaith conversations.

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BJC program will equip young professionals for religious liberty advocacy

The new BJC Fellows Program offers young professionals the opportunity to deepen their historical, theological and legal understanding of religious liberty and develop skills to advocate for the cause throughout their careers.

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