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Southern Baptist board OKs probe into sex abuse controversy

Jun. 11, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee said Friday it is contracting an outside firm to investigate its actions amid accusations that top denominational leaders mishandled sex abuses cases, despite calls from some critics for a more...

Racial tensions simmer as Southern Baptists hold key meeting

Jun. 11, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

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...

Secret recordings show Southern Baptist dispute on sex abuse

Jun. 10, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Releases of leaked letters and secret recordings from within the Southern Baptist Convention intensified Thursday as critics sought to show top leaders were slow to address sexual abuse in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination and worried more about its...

Senators push measure to accelerate DAF, foundation giving

Jun. 09, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

Two key U.S. senators introduced legislation Wednesday designed to spur faster payouts from donor-advised funds and foundations, giving new momentum to an effort that has deeply divided philanthropy. Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, a former chairman of the...

In Lebanon, a search for medicine and a stranger's help

Jun. 09, 2021 07:34 AM EDT

To all the struggles of life in Lebanon — the pandemic, the power outages, the inflation, the punishing financial and political crises — add one more: shortages of crucial medications. But as residents struggle to find the medicines they need, some are finding that...

Spirituality underpins migrant activism in US borderlands

Jun. 08, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Alvaro Enciso plants three or four crosses each week in Arizona’s desert borderlands, amid the yellow-blossomed prickly pear and whip-like ocotillo, in honor of migrants who died on the northbound trek. Each colorful wooden memorial denotes where...

Spirituality underpins migrant activism in US borderlands

Jun. 08, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Alvaro Enciso plants three or four crosses each week in Arizona's desert borderlands, amid the yellow-blossomed prickly pear and whip-like ocotillo, in honor of migrants who died on the northbound trek. Each colorful wooden memorial denotes where a...

Most nonprofits emerge from pandemic wounded, but still open

Jun. 08, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

Nonprofits across the nation suffered deep economic hardships and many cut services during the pandemic, but strong government support and stepped-up giving by foundations and individuals averted the widespread charity failures that many experts had feared, according to interviews with...

Foundation to spend $1.3B to vaccinate Africans for COVID

Jun. 08, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

One of the world's largest foundations will spend $1.3 billion over the next three years to acquire and deliver COVID-19 vaccines for more than 50 million people in Africa. It’s a first-of-its-kind effort for a Western nonprofit to bolster Africa’s lagging vaccination campaign amid...

Pilgrims return to Spain’s 'El Camino' paths after pandemic

Jun. 05, 2021 02:48 AM EDT

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AP) — Committing to the pilgrim’s path has for centuries been a source of renewal for those willing to put their lives on hold and spend days, weeks or even months crossing Spain along the Camino de Santiago, a journey that takes hikers to the reported...