Racial Reconciliation

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A chorus of SBC voices seek a better future at Unify Project’s racial unity event

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – In a late-night session entitled, “Simple Steps to Unity: Walking Together Toward a Better Future,” a chorus of Southern Baptist Convention voices, including five SBC presidents, boldly promoted and prayed for racial reconciliation and unity.

SBC DIGEST: Unify Project prayer guide; Barber gives CP lesson at SBTC conference

Unify Project releases 40-day prayer guide for racial reconciliation; Barber outlines CP history, need for continued giving at ‘Empower’ luncheon.

Pastors cite godly friendships on 3rd anniversary of Ahmaud Arbery murder

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (BP) – No mass burning, no bricks flung through shop windows, no cars plowing through protestors. When a video leaked of Ahmaud Arbery shot down as he casually jogged through a mostly white suburb three years ago, protests were peaceful, especially in Arbery’s hometown of Brunswick, Ga.

In ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail,’ ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, King drew on Scripture

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) – From the isolation of a jail cell in Birmingham, Ala., to the open air of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., the year 1963 saw Martin Luther King Jr. deliver a prophetic critique, yet hopeful vision, for race relations in the United States of America. 

FIRST-PERSON: How our church has seen the gospel overcome racial division

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre ranks among the deadliest incidents of racial violence in U.S. History—with estimates of up to 300 deaths in the African American community, more than 800 hospitalizations, and countless Black-owned businesses and homes burned to the ground in a matter of hours.

Racial reconciliation an everyday calling, not just for one Sunday a year

NASHVILLE (BP) – Relationships and partnerships between churches of differing racial and ethnic backgrounds and how it extends into the ministry of the local church is the aim of Racial Reconciliation Sunday, according to a leading voice in the SBC.

Luter: ‘Authentic racial unity’ goal of Unify Project

NASHVILLE (BP) – An “authentic racial unity” in the Southern Baptist Convention that offers evidence to other sectors of American life of what is possible on the issue is a goal of the Unify Project, Fred Luter, the lone African American to serve as SBC president, told an online audience Thursday (Feb. 9).

Pastors encourage racial reconciliation, churchgoers want more diversity

NASHVILLE (BP) – Although pastors are doing more to encourage racial reconciliation and churchgoers say their church is doing enough to be ethnically diverse, nearly half of churchgoers say their church needs to become more ethnically diverse.

40 days of prayer for racial unity on tap for Unify Project webcast

SARALAND, Ala. (BP) – Unify Project will announce in a Feb. 9 webcast plans for 40 days of prayer for racial unity in the Southern Baptist Convention, project co-chairman Fred Luter told Baptist Press.

MLK Day events to promote unity in addressing societal ills

MANSFIELD, Texas (BP) – Bagpipes will resound at Bethlehem Baptist Church, the oldest African American church in Tarrant County, Texas, in an intentionally multiethnic celebration Jan. 15 marking Martin Luther King Day and calling Southern Baptists and others to cooperatively address societal ills.