Friday, February 17, 2012


The Rev. Jerry Henry, pastor of First Baptist Church Fairhope, Ala., has struggled with whether the Southern Baptist Convention should change its name to reflect greater geographic diversity. RNS photo by Bill Starling/The Press-Register.

Topics: Faith, Leaders & Institutions,
Beliefs: Christian - Protestant
Tags: southern baptist convention, southern baptists

Pastor poised to be first black to lead Baptists

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) After months of urging from other Baptists around the country, the Rev. Fred Luter confirmed he is running to be the first African-American president of the predominantly white Southern Baptist Convention. Several Baptist leaders said Luter becomes the prohibitive favorite for the post. By Bruce Nolan.
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Southern Baptists mull whether ‘Southern’ still fits

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (RNS) For the Southern Baptist Convention, which has used the same name for nearly 170 years, changing its name to make it less "Southern" isn't easy. First, there has to be the will to do so. And on that, the jury is still out. By Roy Hoffman.
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