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Study: Multiracial churches growing, but racial unity may be elusive

(RNS) — Derwin Gray and his wife, Vicki, founded Transformation Church in Lancaster County, South Carolina, 10 years ago, with the goal of gathering a congregation that reflected the racial demographics of the public schools in the area just across the border from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Mississippi voters adopt ‘In God We Trust’ flag free of Confederate emblem

JACKSON, Miss. (BP) – Mississippi Baptist Convention Board (MBCB) leader Shawn Parker is applauding Tuesday's adoption of a new state flag that honors God and notably lacks the Confederate battle emblem.

Diverse group of Southern Baptist pastors sign Deep South racial justice statement

MOBILE, Ala. (BP) – Fifty-two years after the U.S. outlawed the importation of enslaved persons, the Clotilda docked in Mobile Bay with 110 West Africans purchased for $9,000 in gold and valued at 20 times more in 1860 Alabama.

One Louisville police officer indicted in Breonna Taylor case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) – One of three Louisville Metro Police officers who fired shots that resulted in the death of Breonna Taylor has been indicted on criminal charges.

Magnolia could replace old Confederate symbol on Mississippi flag

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters will decide whether to accept a new state flag featuring a magnolia to replace an old one legislators retired because it included the Confederate battle emblem.

Kenosha churches pray for justice, mercy amid downtown rioting

KENOSHA, Wis. (BP) -- Wrecked by rioting and unrest following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police, the city of Kenosha is in desperate need of rebuilding, said Rich Villarreal, discipleship and teaching pastor of Redeemer Parkside church, located near downtown Kenosha.

FROM THE SEMINARIES: SWBTS’ Greenway, Gateway’s Iorg address students to open fall term

"The coronavirus pandemic did not catch God by surprise,”Adam Greenway said during a fall 2020 opening message; Submitting to the authority of God’s Word is a challenging task in a world steeped in political and social turmoil, Jeff Iorg said in his convocation address.

Virtual town hall highlights diverse African American perspectives in the SBC

FAIRFAX STATION, Va. (BP) -- New York Pastor Frank Williams sees in God's pastoral call a broader application with the advent of COVID-19 and renewed cries for racial justice.

SBC DIGEST: IMB’s next 100 years; NAMB launches racial reconciliation resource

IMB’s oldest living missionary emeritus discusses vision for next 100 years; NAMB launches "Undivided: More than a Hashtag," designed to assist church leaders and their congregations as they navigate conversations about race.

Billy Graham statue to replace that of white supremacist in U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP/RNS) -- A life-sized statue of the Rev. Billy Graham will be installed in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall collection sometime next year, replacing a statue of a white supremacist that both the state of North Carolina and the U.S. House want removed.