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Southern Baptists address prisoners, trafficking

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 13, 2013 at 4:07 am •  Published: June 13, 2013

Last year, the convention elected an African-American president for the first time in its history. The Rev. Fred Luter was re-elected without opposition Tuesday.

The convention also recently appointed Russell Moore to replace Richard Land as head of its public policy arm, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Committee.

The Director of the Baptist House of Studies at Duke Divinity School, Curtis Freeman, said Moore brings a more moderate tone to the convention and a more conciliatory attitude toward working with other groups.

"The new generation is less ideologically motivated," he said.

Delegates on Wednesday also passed a resolution calling on all Southern Baptists to report allegations of child abuse to authorities and one urging Southern Baptists to work to support people with mental health issues.

That latter issue has been on the minds of many Southern Baptists this year after the son of hugely popular megachurch pastor Rick Warren committed suicide. And earlier this month, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President and CEO Frank Page released a book about his daughter's suicide.


Travis Loller reported from Nashville, Tenn.



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