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Southern Baptists say mission giving is down

(AP) - Tough economic times are apparently manifesting themselves in the offering plate.

The Southern Baptist Convention says giving to its Cooperative Program is down 7.1% in the first quarter of the denomination's fiscal year. That fund supports mission programs and seminaries.

Officials of the 16.1 million-member Christian group hopes donations will rebound, according to The Tennessean.

Convention official Sing Oldham said there was a big dip in October giving, but November and December donations showed improvements.

Still, giving is down in 33 of 42 state Baptist conventions.

Information from: The Tennessean.

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