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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Episode #141

Cover Story: The Southern Baptists held their 141st convention in Salt Lake City, Utah this past week. But even before the convention began, the group launched one of its largest evangelic campaigns. The targeted group: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly correspondent Kim Lawton follows one of the Southern Baptists' teams as it went door-to-door. Why did the Southern Baptists feel so strongly about this mission? And what was the reaction from LDS members?

Perspectives: Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly continues our coverage of the Southern Baptists' conference with a discussion on the newly-revised Faith and Message statement that states that women should submit graciously to their husbands. Why did the Southern Baptists decide to revise their statement now? Should the term submit be used literally? Joining RENW host Bob Abernethy are Richard Land, president and CEO of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptists Convention and Nancy Ammerman, professor of Sociology of Religion at Hartford Seminar in Hartford, Connecticut.

Feature Story: Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly takes a look at the embattled president of the nation's largest black denomination, the National Baptist Convention, USA. Reverend Henry Lyons has been indicted for racketeering and theft for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars meant for the denomination and the rebuilding of black churches. His indictment has split the powerful Convention. Award winning journalist and Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly contributing correspondent Juan Williams talks to the general secretary of the convention, the Reverend Roscoe Cooper who supports Lyons, as well as a board member who tried to oust him. Minister and author Michael Eric Dyson puts this controversy in context of the history of the convention and the black culture and its themes of redemption and forgiveness.
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