By: Bojangles Blanchard There is room for us all at God's table. No amount of homophobic theology or discriminatory hiring policies can convince me or my LGBTQ+ family that we aren't loved by God for exactly who we are.
By: Mitch Randall Many informative articles have been written about the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's Illumination Project. Let's refract those thoughts in a way that honors conscience, seeks justice, respects diversity and bends toward good.
By: Mary Elizabeth Hill Hanchey What has come out of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's Illumination Project is a good hiring policy undermined by an overly broad implementation plan that demurs rather than leads.
By: Sara Powell The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship recently adopted a new policy dealing with LGBT issues after many years of an exclusive hiring policy on this matter. Such decisions require the guidance of God's Spirit.
By: George Mason The painful truth the Illumination Project uncovered in their long discernment process is how silent our churches are when it comes to what is life and death for real people in our pews.
By: Colin Harris Threading the ethical needle is always a delicate matter in institutions and agencies that serve a diverse community. This has been the challenge faced by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's Illumination Project.
By: Steve Wells The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is about partnership. We proudly claim the centrist ground and the big tent. We agree to disagree agreeably without dishonoring one another - even when doing so is hard.
By: EthicsDaily Staff As Hurricane Harvey continues to pour water into an already-flooded southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana, Baptist groups are working to assess needs and to formulate relief plans.
By: Marianna Hilldrup As we understand the vital ways in which people and the environment are interwoven, we gain a new appreciation for creation care. We are obliged to care for - and not dominate - the world around us.
By: Bill Ross Efforts by First Baptist of Marietta, Georgia, led to the creation of Pure Water Initiative Inc., a nonprofit that has so far provided drinking water to nearly 200,000 people in India, Indonesia and other nations.
By: David Harding The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is actively engaged to stop wasted opportunities to let water flow to the drinking water needs of the most vulnerable people, about 60 million, in Ethiopia and Kenya.
By: Neville Callam Hardly can one identify a greater need of Baptists today than to rediscover Baptist interdependency - an interdependency that rejects cultural imperialism, paternalism and neo-colonialism.
By: EthicsDaily Staff Recognitions of two Baptist women, Molly T. Marshall and Barbara "Babs" Baugh, will bookend the Friday event lineup at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's general assembly in June.
By: Bill Wilson Declining receipts from churches and increasing pressure from the national Baptist body to forward a larger percentage of receipts upstream are squeezing state conventions and associations.
By: EthicsDaily Staff Beloved Baptist leader Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler died on Jan. 2. Always loyal to her institution and a tireless advocate for missions, she challenged Southern Baptists to engage social issues.
To claim we’re “a welcoming church” has a strong meaning we should consider today and it’s grounded in a widely accepted notion that God’s church should be an open, life-affirming place where people are invited to meet God, receive the reconciliation God offers, that’s theirs as one created in God’s image, and where they can be welcomed as a community with a wide and diverse clan of folk we love so much we want to call them “our brothers and sisters”!