Reckoning with the past

Race Issues | The Southern Baptist report on slavery reveals tragedy but offers Christian hope
by Jamie Dean
Posted 12/17/18, 12:52 pm

The four men who founded the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) in 1859 owned a sizable amount of property—and people. The four founders together held more than 50 slaves.

It’s one of the many grievous facts recounted in a 71-page report SBTS leaders released last Wednesday.

Seminary president Al Mohler commissioned the report a year ago to document formally the role slavery and racism played in the school’s beginnings and its growth into the 20th century. Six current and former faculty members served on a commission to write the report.

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A revival of the ‘sanctuary church’ movement

Compassion | Congregations that protect illegal immigrants walk a fine legal line
by Charissa Koh
Posted 12/12/18, 04:59 pm

On Nov. 23, Samuel Oliver-Bruno emerged from the basement of the City Well United Methodist Church in Durham, N.C., for the first time in 11 months. A small crowd of church members accompanied the Mexican national to an appointment with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was arrested and later deported.

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Jury recommends life sentence for Charlottesville murderer

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/11/18, 01:03 pm

A jury has recommended a sentence of life in prison plus 419 years for a man convicted of murdering a counterprotester at a white nationalist rally in August 2017 in Charlottesville, Va. James Alex Fields Jr. was found guilty last week of first-degree murder and other charges for driving his car into a crowd at the rally, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring others.

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