Beloved Bishop Sherwood C. Carthen Passes

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SACRAMENTO – Bishop Sherwood C. Carthen, the charismatic and beloved pastor of Bayside of South Sacramento (BOSS), passed away Wednesday of a heart attack, church officials said. He was 54 years old. He is survived by his wife, Charlene Carthen, and children, Anthony and Siobhan. Memorial details are not yet available. Bishop Carthen was well-known […]

Vanderbilt Divinity School Names Black Woman as Next Dean

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TENNESSEE – Dr. Emilie M. Townes, a noted Yale University scholar and administrator will be the school’s next dean, pending board approval. Townes is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African-American Religion and Theology and associate dean of academic affairs at Yale Divinity School. Townes, an American Baptist teaching and general research interests focuses […]

African-American Christians Waver Over Vote

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NATIONWIDE – Some black clergy see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage, so they are telling their flocks to stay home on Election Day. That’s a worrisome message for the nation’s first African-American president, who can’t afford to lose any voters from his base in a tight […]

‘Writing New Chapters’ in Southern Baptist History

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MEMPHIS – “So the Thursday after I was elected, I get a call and a voice on the other end says. ‘This is the White House, and the President would like to speak with you.’ So I come to the phone, and I think it’s one of my buddies playing a joke. I get to […]