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Who Are the Southern Baptists and Why Is Their 2021 Annual Meeting so Divided?

SBC Annual Meeting, Who are the Southern Baptists and why is their annual meeting so divided?

This week, the Southern Baptist Convention is gathering in Nashville, Tennessee for what may be the denomination's most consequential denominational meeting for any Protestant denomination in the last 30 years. But who are Southern Baptists, and why is their vote on a new president and a series of resolutions reverberating so loudly across the entire American religious landscape? 

Gavel Named for Slaveholder Replaced with One Recalling Missionary at SBC Meeting

JD Greear, Greear replace Broadus Gavel with Judson Gavel

Outgoing Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear opened up the two-day Southern Baptist meeting using a different gavel than the one traditionally used. The traditional gavel was named for John A. Broadus, a founding faculty member of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Broadus was a slaveholder and a believer in white superiority. So, instead of using the Broadus Gavel, Greear used the Judson Gavel, named for the first SBC missionary.

Southern Baptists Warn: Equality Act Would Have ‘Devastating’ Effect on Religious Liberty

Close up shot of a Judge's gavel

SBC messengers passed a resolution Tuesday that warned of the effects of the Equality Act. The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of protected classes for public places, education and employment. 

SBC Elects Leader Focused on Reconciliation, Compassion

SBC Elects Leader Focused on Reconciliation, Compassion

Last night, SBC messengers elected as president Pastor Ed Litton of Alabama. He was nominated by Fred Luter, the only Black pastor to serve as president of the largest Protestant denomination in the US. Rev. Luter praised Litton’s commitment to racial reconciliation and told messengers that he has dealt compassionately with the issue of sexual abuse within SBC churches as well. We need a leader of such compassion in these difficult times.