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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | November 15, 2000
WASHINGTON - In a rare show of broad-based ecumenical agreement, leaders from the nation's Roman Catholic, evangelical and mainline Protestant churches yesterday issued a declaration on marriage that calls for a recommitment to "God's first institution," and decries the high rates of divorce, cohabitation and children born to unwed mothers. The Christian Declaration on Marriage was issued by the U.S. Catholic bishops, the Southern Baptist Convention, the National Association of Evangelicals and the National Council of Churches, groups with sharp doctrinal differences in many areas, but which found common ground on this topic.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | November 15, 2000
WASHINGTON - In a rare show of broad-based ecumenical agreement, leaders from the nation's Roman Catholic, evangelical and mainline Protestant churches yesterday issued a declaration on marriage that calls for a recommitment to "God's first institution," and decries the high rates of divorce, cohabitation and children born to unwed mothers. The Christian Declaration on Marriage was issued by the U.S. Catholic bishops, the Southern Baptist Convention, the National Association of Evangelicals and the National Council of Churches, groups with sharp doctrinal differences in many areas, but which found common ground on this topic.
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By Pam Parry | September 27, 1998
I FORGIVE Bill Clinton. I deplore his behavior and feel betrayed as a citizen and as a Southern Baptist - the denominational affiliation that I share with the president. Our Baptist doctrine condemns sexual sin. But it also tempers righteousness with mercy and grace, leaving judgment to God. So, on a personal level, I forgive him as one Baptist to another.But, with Southern Baptists, things are never that simple.Southern Baptists, like the rest of the country, are split over how to respond to the president's admission of an "inappropriate" relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
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By New York Times News Service | May 12, 1991
ATLANTA -- Teetering on the brink of forming a new denomination, 6,000 disaffected Southern Baptists set up an organization yesterday that will enable them to operate independently of the conservative leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention.The three-day meeting here was planned last August. It gave the new group, which will be called the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a chance to define more sharply what holds them together beyond the frequently expressed sentiment of being excluded from decisions in the convention, the country's largest Protestant denomination.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 21, 2000
ATLANTA - Jimmy Carter, a third-generation Southern Baptist and the first U.S. president to call himself a born-again Christian, has reached what he calls "a painful decision" to sever ties to the Southern Baptist Convention, saying that parts of its "increasingly rigid" doctrines violated the "basic premises of my Christian faith." His decision, announced Thursday in a letter that is being mailed this week to 75,000 Baptists nationwide, comes four months after the Southern Baptist Convention, the United States' largest Protestant denomination, declared its opposition to women serving as pastors.
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November 18, 2007
HAROLD ALFOND, 93 Founder of Dexter Shoes Harold Alfond, the founder of a shoe business and a philanthropist who donated tens of millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations, died Friday in Maine, where he had traveled from his Palm Beach, Fla., home to be treated for cancer. The founder of Dexter Shoe Co., Mr. Alfond shared his wealth with the University of Maine, to which he gave more than $8 million, as well as with other institutions and causes. The Harold Alfond Foundation has given away more than $100 million to charitable causes, said Sen. Susan M. Collins, a Maine Republican.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | November 17, 2000
The secretary general of the National Council of Churches, a mainline Protestant and Orthodox group, is warning against using a manifesto supporting marriage issued this week as a weapon to attack gays and lesbians or as a statement against same-sex unions. Bob Edgar leads the NCC, which comprises 36 mainline Protestant and Orthodox denominations. He expressed his concerns in a letter to the organization's General Assembly, meeting this week in Atlanta. "A Christian Declaration on Marriage," released Tuesday in Washington, was signed by an unusually broad-based coalition of Christian groups, including the U.S. Catholic Bishops, the Southern Baptist Convention, the National Association of Evangelicals and the NCC. It called for a recommitment by churches to marriage and decried the high rates of divorce, cohabitation and children born to unwed mothers.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | June 15, 1998
Like many Baptist ministers around the country, the Rev. David Albert Farmer took to his pulpit yesterday to address whether wives should submit to their husbands.But Farmer's sermon had a twist, made evident by its title: "Men, Submit to Your Wives -- If You Have One."Farmer, pastor of University Baptist Church in North Baltimore, is among a group of people who consider themselves devout Baptists, but out of step with the resolutions adopted last week by the Southern Baptist Convention that amended its Baptist Faith and Message Statement, the theological statement of its basic beliefs.
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By Cynthia Tucker | November 8, 2004
The Old Testament did sanction slavery. God said, `Both thy bondmen and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you. ... And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children. - the Rev. Richard Fuller, Domestic Slavery Considered as a Scriptural Institution, 1847 ATLANTA - On Tuesday, there was at least one thing about which blue states and red states, black Americans and white Americans, Northerners and Southerners could agree: Gays and lesbians should be denied the right to full citizenship.
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By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | October 26, 1993
WASHINGTON -- The Rev. Bo Hammock likes to call Psalm 109:8 "Bill Clinton's Psalm.""Let his days be few and let another take his office."Mr. Hammock, pastor of Providence Village Baptist Church in Lake Butler, Fla., is galled that President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, fellow Southern Baptists, support abortion and homosexual rights.He hoped Southern Baptists would cast out Mr. Clinton and Mr. Gore.Instead, the leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, have decided to pray that the president and vice president become stronger in their faith.
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By Dallas Morning News | June 17, 1994
ORLANDO, Fla. -- On abortion, pornography and other social issues, Southern Baptists and Roman Catholics often fight on the same side.In that spirit, the Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution yesterday stating that because of decaying morality and ethics, "cooperative efforts" with Roman Catholics and other Christian groups are needed "to present united support for pressing social and moral concerns."In the past, Baptists have resisted moves toward ecumenism, fearing that it might compromise their beliefs.
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