A Louisville congregation devotes a Sunday each Advent to remembering those lost to violence. (Creative Commons photo by Chris Yunker)
A Louisville congregation devotes a Sunday each Advent to remembering those lost to violence. (Creative Commons photo by Chris Yunker)

Church remembers the violence inherent in Advent

Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., dedicates the second Sunday of Advent to remembering those lost to violence in its community.

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Students study at the Friends of Kajiado Girls School in Kenya. (Photo: http://friendsofkajiadogirlsschool.com)
Students study at the Friends of Kajiado Girls School in Kenya. (Photo: http://friendsofkajiadogirlsschool.com)

Church adopts Kenyan woman’s cause to fight female mutilation

A congregation embraces a Kenyan’s struggle to save girls from the practice of genital mutilation.

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Duke study quantifies ‘stained-glass ceiling’

Even as American churches are becoming more ethnically diverse, female clergy seeking leadership positions are hitting a glass ceiling, a Duke University study finds.

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FBC Washington elects pastor

First Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., officially elected Julie Pennington-Russell as pastor Dec. 6.

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Blended worship took on new meaning for a joint choir from two First Baptist churches in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photos by David Jones)
Blended worship took on new meaning for a joint choir from two First Baptist churches in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photos by David Jones)

Black, white ‘First Baptist’ congregations unite after 150 years

A joint worship service between historically white and African-American congregations signals a new commitment to work together across racial and cultural lines to address modern needs.

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D.C. church postponing vote on gay marriage

First Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., is postponing a February vote on gay marriage in light of the possible call of a new pastor.

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Ms. Pennington-Russell goes to Washington

Julie Pennington-Russell, a pioneer among women in ministry within the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, is the choice of a committee recommending a new pastor for First Baptist Church in Washington.

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Historic First Baptist Church in Philadelphia is beginning a new story after more than three centuries. (Photo by Norman Jameson)
Historic First Baptist Church in Philadelphia is beginning a new story after more than three centuries. (Photo by Norman Jameson)

A Philadelphia story, with a bright future

It might have gone the way of many other urban churches. Instead, First Baptist Church in Philadelphia is partnering with another congregation to keep vibrant ministry alive in Center City.

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Partnership saves historic Baptist church

Anyone who has presided over a church business meeting is probably indebted to First Baptist Church in New Bedford, Mass., where a raucous business meeting in the 19th century inspired the creation of Robert’s Rules of Order.

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Booted pastor defends ‘nuanced’ view of LGBT inclusion

A pastor censured by two Baptist groups for performing a same-sex wedding says disagreement about homosexuality need not be a test of fellowship within the local church.

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