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In Miami, multiple cultures to gather as ‘One Family’

MIAMI (BP) -- The sandy beaches of Key Biscayne will serve as an inspiring picture of South Florida as people from multiple races, cultures, ethnicities and generations unite for a day of picnics and festivities at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Saturday, May 5. The groups are part of multicultural Florida Baptist churches in the area that are working to build bridges between the different ethnic communities in Miami and Dade County.

Fla. church finding a way forward after school shooting

PARKLAND, Fla. (BP) -- As church families gathered around the nation on Sunday (Feb. 18), many congregations prayed for those affected by the mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last week. Tommy Green, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, had asked that Southern Baptists take time during worship to pray for the families impacted by the tragedy that took the lives of 17 staff and students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. "Our prayer is for God to grant comfort, mercy, and peace to these families," he said.

Journey to pastorate included jail time for Fla. pastor

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. (BP) -- It's not the conventional road to the pastorate. "I wouldn't wish [my] story on anyone, but I wouldn't change anything about it, either," said Adam Wiggins, campus pastor of The Creek, a new campus of First Baptist Church of Orange Park, Fla., which is just outside of Jacksonville. Wiggins' path to the pulpit has been complicated, but it has ultimately landed him on staff with FBC Orange Park leading the church's newest effort to minister to an unreached community in Middleburg.