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Suzii Paynter unveils her vision for “CBF 2.0” at the General Assembly in June.
Suzii Paynter unveils her vision for “CBF 2.0” at the General Assembly in June.

2013: The year in Baptist news

A changing of the guard both in moderate Baptist life and the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy agency, challenges to Obamacare and the 200th anniversary of Baptist missions in the U.S. topped Baptist newsmakers in 2013 headlines covered by Associated Baptist Press.

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Obama lauds Baptist civil-rights icon

T.J. Jemison, a past president of National Baptist Convention USA Inc. who set the stage for Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, died Nov. 15.

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Baylor social work school fetes trailblazers

Freddie Mae Bason and Verlene Farmer Goatley broke the color barrier at the Carver School of Social Work in 1955.

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Panel recalls Elliott controversy

Faculty at Midwestern Seminary reflect on what one panelist called among the top-five all-time SBC controversies.

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Conference marks 200 years of missions

McAfee School of Theology — in collaboration with the American Baptist Historical Society, the Baptist History and Heritage Society, Baptist Women in Ministry and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship — will host "The Judsons: Celebrating 200 Years of Baptist Missions, Learning from the Past and Looking to the Future" Nov. 14-16 in Atlanta.

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Slavery’s blot still stains city, panel says

150 years after the Civil War, racial reconciliation remains elusive in the former capital city of the Confederacy.

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Scholar says faith prompted Emancipation

The Emancipation Proclamation is remembered for its impact on ending slavery, but often overlooked is the insight it gives into President Lincoln’s shifting views on religion, says a Yale Divinity School scholar.

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Branch Davidian impact felt after 20 years

While neighbors in nearby West, Texas, reeled from a deadly fertilizer plant explosion, scholars gathered in Waco to discuss the lasting impact of the siege and raid on the Branch Davidian compound 20 years ago.

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University recalls Baptist roots

George Washington University, a private institution of higher learning in Washington, D.C., got its start as Columbian College, founded by Baptist leaders including missionary Luther Rice.

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Members of the Mochida family awaiting evacuation bus. Identification tags are used to aid in keeping the family unit intact during all phases of evacuation. Mochida operated a nursery and five greenhouses on a two-acre site in Eden Township. He raised snapdragons and sweet peas. (Photo/Wikipedia Commons)
Members of the Mochida family awaiting evacuation bus. Identification tags are used to aid in keeping the family unit intact during all phases of evacuation. Mochida operated a nursery and five greenhouses on a two-acre site in Eden Township. He raised snapdragons and sweet peas. (Photo/Wikipedia Commons)

Video recalls ‘forgotten’ Pearl Harbor

“A Church Stands With Its People” tells the story of American Baptist missionaries who swam against the tide of public opinion by reaching out to persecuted Japanese-Americans caught up in World War II hysteria.

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