Faith groups celebrate 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Churches were exempted from a federal law requiring accessibility and equal opportunity for Americans in 1990, but advocates say the upcoming 25th anniversary of the landmark legislation is a second chance for houses of worship to take the lead in striking down barriers that remain.

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Protest signs at a Ferguson protest in New York City. (Creative Commons photo)
Protest signs at a Ferguson protest in New York City. (Creative Commons photo)

Church shares racism with police forces, says minister and former cop in book

Terrell Carter — himself African-American — says perceptions about racism in the Ferguson police department are accurate but that many churches condemning cops are also rife with racism.

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American Baptist College defends invitation to lesbian bishop

The president of a school with a history of social activism that produced some of the leading figures in the civil rights movement is not backing down to critics of a lesbian preacher being invited to lecture on campus.

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Arkansas Baptist College dedicates community center

A historically black Baptist school recently beset by cash-flow problems has opened a new phase of economic development in Little Rock, Ark.

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McAfee student Jordan Yeager has become an anti-death penalty activist since the Kelly Gissendaner case. (Photo by David Garber)
McAfee student Jordan Yeager has become an anti-death penalty activist since the Kelly Gissendaner case. (Photo by David Garber)

McAfee students report transformed lives — their own — in teaching prisoners

Instructors in a prison-based theology program say teaching death row inmate Kelly Gissendaner and other women prisoners has helped them see life, ministry and faith from a new perspective.

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American Baptist College criticized for inviting lesbian preacher

A historically black Baptist college that birthed leaders of the civil rights movement 50 years ago is being criticized today for inviting speakers to campus who support gay marriage.

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Catholic school gets win in Obamacare challenge

The Southern Baptist Convention’s top spokesman for moral and religious liberty concerns says the high court made the right decision in reviving Notre Dame’s religious objections to required contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, speaks at Baylor University. (Photo by Baylor Marketing and Communications/ Nathan Ross)
Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, speaks at Baylor University. (Photo by Baylor Marketing and Communications/ Nathan Ross)

People of faith key to healing wounds of mass incarceration, expert says

Meaningful transformation in the United States will require a willingness to “change the narrative” of race and justice, author and criminal justice reform advocate Bryan Stevenson says.

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Two SBC leaders say Fred Craddock undermined ‘authoritative’ preaching

Recognized as one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world in a 1996 survey of seminary professors and editors, current leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention remember Fred Craddock as a bad influence on Baptist pulpits prior to the theological shift in the last century.

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Wilton (Conn.) Baptist Church is among many congregations covered in snow in this winter. (Photo by Jason Coker)
Wilton (Conn.) Baptist Church is among many congregations covered in snow in this winter. (Photo by Jason Coker)

Pastors wary as winter weather takes financial toll on nation’s churches

From the South to the Northeast, churches in varying degrees are being affected this winter by extremes of cold, snow and ice.

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SBC leader: Baptists, don’t let your babies grow up to be Catholics

A Southern Baptist seminary president says churches are to blame when young people leave the fold to follow another faith tradition.

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Louisiana College elects president

Rick Brewer, a longtime administrator at Charleston Southern University, has been chosen by Louisiana College to bring stability to a Baptist school recently wracked by turmoil.

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Rwandan Baptist to be honored for dedication to peace, reconciliation

The Baptist World Alliance award also recognizes the pastor’s fight to eliminate stigmatization of HIV/AIDS victims.

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Sunday communities at Johns Creek Baptist Church offer socializing, pastoral care and exposure to expert-led seminars. (JCBC photo)
Sunday communities at Johns Creek Baptist Church offer socializing, pastoral care and exposure to expert-led seminars. (JCBC photo)

Baptist church transforms Sunday school into community and pastoral care

Johns Creek Baptist Church in Georgia has quit Sunday school in favor of Sunday communities for its adult age groups. The communities, taught by rotating teachers, provide pastoral care and social opportunities for their members.

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