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American Jews feel less safe after attack on Israel, advocacy group finds

PHILADELPHIA (BP) – Nearly 80 percent of American Jews felt less safe after the October 2023 Hamas attack on Israel, and fearing antisemitism, many changed their public behavior, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) said Feb. 13 in its new report on antisemitism.

Black pastors connect to history, lostness in Central Asia

Cars and buses buzzed past a group of people walking the Turkish streets. The group enjoyed modern plumbing, and with the flip of a switch, lights would come on in most buildings. Still, the ruins that stood before them, with their dirt paths and ornate columns, reminded them of where they were.

Hispanic tradition ‘brings people together’ at Christmastime

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) – The holidays are a time when families and friends come together to practice their unique Christmas traditions. From decorating cookies or donating toys, traditions bring a sense of unity and consistency to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Chinese fellowship addresses women’s roles, pastoral title in ministry

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (BP) – The title of pastor is used for women in Chinese Southern Baptist churches because of language, history and culture, but does not indicate churchwide authority, the Chinese Baptist Fellowship of the USA and Canada (CBFUSA) said in an official statement.

‘Value of belonging’ at CP-fueled retreat for Black pastors

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) – For Charles Owusu, founding pastor of the Ghanaian majority Word of Life Baptist Church in Lithia Springs, Ga., the inaugural Refresh Retreat for Black Southern Baptists was a valuable resource in his work as a pastor to pastors.

‘It doesn’t travel alone’: Antisemitism should trouble Southern Baptists, prompt action

NASHVILLE (BP) — Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Danny Akin has been “vitally interested” in Israel his entire ministry. That includes more than a dozen visits to the country, at least two of those at the request of the Israeli government.

Hmong Baptist National Association moves to its next level

GREEN LAKE, Wis. (BP) – The need is so great in Southeast Asia that the Hmong Baptist National Association increased its budget by $100,000 to help.

Ethnic leaders express concerns over Executive Committee staff cuts

NASHVILLE (BP) — The recent elimination of five staff positions at the SBC Executive Committee has prompted letters from ethnic leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention, as two of those positions were representative of ministry efforts among Hispanics and Asians.

South Carolina pastors, SBC leaders promote African missions

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (BP) – The power, energy and conviction of the Swahili prayers of the African women remain in the memory of Southern Baptist executive Charles Grant months after he joined South Carolina pastors on a mission vision tour to three African hubs.

‘We are one.’ Diverse Asian collective convenes in Nashville

NASHVILLE (BP) – As senior pastor of the Falam Christian Church of Indianapolis, Ind., Hre Mang is among 27 different Asian nationalities within the Southern Baptist Convention. For him, the 2023 Asian Leaders Summit at SBC headquarters in Nashville was unifying.