Racial Tensions Simmer As Southern Baptists Hold Key Meeting

Over the past year, however, several Black pastors have exited the Southern Baptist Convention in frustration over what they see as racial insensitivity within its overwhelmingly white leadership.

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Dwight McKissic, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, speaks during services in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, June 6, 2021. In December 2020, McKissic was one of the co-signers of a statement by a multiethnic group of Southern Baptists asserting that systemic racial injustice is a reality. “Some recent events have left many brothers and sisters of color feeling betrayed and wondering if the SBC is committed to racial reconciliation,” the statement said. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Race-related tensions within the Southern Baptist Convention are high heading into a national meeting next week. The election of a new SBC president and debate over the concept of systemic racism may prove pivotal for some Black pastors as they decide whether to stay in the denomination or leave. It could be a watershed moment for America’s largest Protestant denomination. The SBC was founded before the Civil War as a defender…

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