When faith leaders lament the difficulty of keeping Republicans and Democrats together in the same church, they miss the bigger issue.
Some female theologians argue women should abandon the Bible because its language and depictions of women are oppressive. While Baptist minister Katey Zeh certainly sees that oppression in those pages, she isn’t ready to give up on scripture.
After Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin denounced his Democratic challenger’s stance on abortion as an insult to Kentucky Baptists, ministers at two Louisville Baptist churches joined other faith leaders in a press conference defending both their faith and a woman’s right to choose.
The Tennessee Baptist Convention launched an online petition July 23 to rally the state’s 3,000 Southern Baptist churches in support of legislation to ban abortion at all stages of pregnancy.
A dozen interfaith clergy held a July 9 blessing ceremony at a women’s reproductive-health clinic in Texas to demonstrate there is more than one way for Christians to view the abortion debate.
Describing pre-born life as “a sacred gift from God,” Alabama’s Southern Baptist governor on Wednesday signed into law the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban.
Southern Baptist leaders in Georgia were jubilant after Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday signed one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws.
Six-week abortion bans result from the theology of one group of Christians. However, they restrict access to abortion for all people, regardless of their religious convictions. In so doing, these bans violate core Baptist commitments to separation of church and state and religious liberty, as well as freedom of the individual conscience.
No matter if we are talking about abortion, LGBTQI issues or politics, we need to stop thinking we can change the world with an angry Facebook post or a partisan online article. We need face-to face conversations that humanize one another.