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SBC DIGEST: Thursday online events include ERLC vaccine discussion, WMU celebration

ERLC to host webinar on COVID-19 vaccine

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, will host a webinar Thursday (Dec. 3) called “Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine: A conversation with Dr. Francis Collins and Russell Moore.”

Russell Moore, president of the ERLC, and Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, physician and geneticist known for spearheading the Human Genome Project, will address a number of important questions like:

The event will be 9:30-10:15 a.m. CST. Registration is free and available here [1]. During the discussion, Moore and Collins will discuss:


WMU hosts virtual celebration for the Week of Prayer

By WMU Communications

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) – National WMU’s celebration of the Week of Prayer for International Missions that takes place each December at WMU’s headquarters in Birmingham is moving online this year.

“We are excited to celebrate the Week of Prayer for International Missions and the 175th year of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering virtually this year so that anyone can participate, regardless of their location or schedule,” said Sandy Wisdom-Martin, WMU executive director-treasurer. “This 30-minute celebration will feature numerous people sharing missions testimonies and leading in prayer for international missions as we highlight the Week of Prayer and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering that will be a focus in Southern Baptist churches.”

The event will be Thursday (Dec. 3) at 11 a.m. CST and can be viewed at wmu.com/lmco [3] or worldcrafts.org/lmco [4] or on Facebook @nationalwmu [5] or @WorldCrafts [6].

A feature of this year’s event is a benefit set up through WorldCrafts, a compassion ministry of WMU, in which 20 percent of all WorldCrafts sales from Dec. 3-7 will go to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

“We are thrilled to host this benefit that will make an impact around the world through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering to support international missions while sales directly support WorldCrafts artisans,” said Emily Swader, WorldCrafts marketing strategist.

WorldCrafts helps develop sustainable, fair-trade businesses with approximately 50 artisan groups in more than 20 countries and brings their products to market. These artisan groups seek to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of their workers. Many artisan groups assist women who have escaped human trafficking by providing a safe haven, counseling, and an opportunity to earn an income with dignity.

While this year marks the first time WorldCrafts has hosted a benefit to support the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, Swader said WorldCrafts offers other opportunities for churches and individuals to host benefits for members of the Baptist Coalition of Children and Family Ministries, Christian Women’s Job Corps and Christian Men’s Job Corps sites, as well as families adopting through Lifeline Children’s Services. To learn more about available benefit programs, visit WorldCrafts.org/Share [7].

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For more information about the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and related resources, visit imb.org/lottie-moon-christmas-offering/ [9].