Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:47 PM
n2doc (35,244 posts)
Southern Baptists elect 1st black president
By TRAVIS LOLLER
The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS — The Southern Baptist Convention voted Tuesday to elect its first African-American president in one of its biggest steps yet to reconcile the 167-year-old denomination's troubled racial past and appeal to a more diverse group of believers.
The Rev. Fred Luter Jr. was unopposed in being elected by thousands of enthusiastic delegates on Tuesday at the annual meeting of the nation's largest Protestant denomination in his hometown of New Orleans.
Pastor David Crosby of First Baptist New Orleans nominated Luter, calling him a "fire-breathing, miracle-working pastor" who "would likely be a candidate for sainthood if he were Catholic."
Crosby recalled how Luter built the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church from a tiny congregation to a megachurch of nearly 8,000 before the buildings were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Members of Luter's mostly black church came to worship at Crosby's mostly white church, and the pastors worked together for 2 ½ years as Luter rebuilt Franklin Avenue. Today, with a Sunday attendance of 5,000, Luter's church is once again the largest Southern Baptist church for attendance in the state.
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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:13 PM
rateyes (16,301 posts)
4. You can be sure that the new president of the SBC is a misogynist.
As a grad from an SBC seminary before the fundies took over (Bill Moyers and I attended same school) I can promise you that I saw the day coming when an African American male would be elected. But, no one will EVER see the day when a woman is elected.