Clinton, Gore among speakers expected at Baptist meeting - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Clinton, Gore among speakers expected at Baptist meeting

ATLANTA (AP) - A conference organized by former President Carter and others that aims to unite Baptists from more than 30 denominations says major political figures from both parties are tentatively planning to atttend.

Among the conference topics are evangelism, criminal justice, preaching, interfaith relations, racism, HIV/AIDS and religious liberty.

The meeting is scheduled for January 30th through February 1st.

The gathering is part of an effort, called the New Baptist Covenant, that's meant to pool the resources of the many Baptist groups and escape the shadow of the conservative Southern Baptist Convention.

The Baptist groups supporting the covenant include the American Baptist Churches and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, an association of Southern Baptists who reject the conservative leadership of the convention. Several historically African-American Baptist denominations, including the National Baptist Convention, USA, also are part of the effort.

The 16.3 million-member Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant group in the country.

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