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PHOTO GALLERY: Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting gathers in Nashville

By Kit Doyle — June 17, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — The Southern Baptist Convention’s 2021 annual meeting convened June 15-16 at the Music City Center in Nashville. Check out some of our favorite photographs from this year’s meeting. 

At annual meeting, Southern Baptists ‘turn their hearts to the right’

By Jacob Lupfer — June 17, 2021

(RNS) — A new president offers clues to the denomination’s direction. It’s not as promising as it seems.

Supreme Court rules in favor of Catholic foster care agency, in narrow win for religious rights

By Yonat Shimron — June 17, 2021

(RNS) — The justices once again showed they were receptive to claims by religious groups — in this case Catholic Social Services, which refuses to work with same-sex couples.

Southern Baptist Convention resolutions reflect passion on issues of race, abortion

By Adelle M. Banks — June 17, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — While some 2021 messengers expressed opinions about the 2019 CRT resolution, anti-abortion advocates were concerned past resolutions about the SBC’s stance against abortion were not strong enough.

Bishops quick to debate Eucharist — and Joe Biden — at meeting

By Jack Jenkins — June 16, 2021

(RNS) — It didn’t take long for bishops to refer to the ‘issue of our Catholic president receiving Holy Communion.’

The end of the oracular papacy

By Mark Silk — June 16, 2021

(RNS) — Conservative resistance to Pope Francis signals a new era for the Catholic Church.

Southern Baptists approve abuse task force, say abusive pastors should be banned

By Bob Smietana — June 16, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — The task force will address concerns Southern Baptist leaders have mistreated abuse victims and mishandled allegations of abuse.

Ebrahim Raisi poised to sweep into Iranian presidency despite weak religious credentials

By Joseph Hammond — June 16, 2021

(RNS) — The rise of Raisi has many analysts suggesting that Iran’s religious revolutionary fervor may be dampening, or changing form.

Saddleback Church’s ordination of women pastors to be considered by SBC committee

By Adelle M. Banks — June 16, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — ‘At the very least, I am asking that the validity of this matter be looked into,’ said a pastor at the Southern Baptists’ annual meeting.

Who is Ed Litton, the new Southern Baptist Convention president?

By Bob Smietana — June 16, 2021

(RNS) – A bridge builder whose life has been touched by tragedy, newly elected Southern Baptist Convention President Ed Litton faces the challenge of healing rifts in the country’s largest Protestant denomination.

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